House Plants/Zygo Cactus


Can I plant Zygo Cactus outdoors? If not can i repot it and when can i repot it?

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Hi Rhonda,

Zycocactus, now known as Schlumbergera and commonly called Christmas Cactus, is a tropical plant that cannot withstand freezing temperatures. So in your location, you would be advised to bring it indoors at the first warning of frost. Exposing it to cool temperatures in the fall will help promote flowers, but never push it below freezing.

There is no connection between repotting and keeping it outdoors. Most tropical plants are non-seasonal. Your plant has a fine root system that must be kept in a small pot. It is extremely rare for a Schlumbergera to need repotting. Repotting almost always disrupts the flowering cycle and results in at least one year of no flowers.

So move your plant outside now and keep it in its existing pot. Make sure it is in shade and bring it back inside in late fall when frost is a possibility.

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