Fertilizers are very important in the growth of any plants. For a Christmas cactus, it needs fertilizers for its stem segments not to drop to the ground. The strength of its stems can be accounted to the constant use of such. You can only stop applying fertilizers to the plant a month before its exact blooming season. The best Christmas cactus fertilizer to be used depends on the elements that it needs as it grows. Most of the time, fertilizers are applied when there is an abnormal growth and when the color of the plant becomes pale and it looks like it is going to wilt.
For the Christmas cactus, when it looks like it’s going to die, you first have to check the amount of watering you have done. If it is corrected but it still looks the same and no improvements has shown, that’s the perfect time to use fertilizers.
The best Christmas cactus fertilizer is a 10-10-10 fertilizer, or a 20-20-20. The amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium should be equal. This type of fertilizer is balanced and water-soluble.
Remember that you should only be using small amount for your plants. Too much fertilizer can sometimes be dangerous to your plant.
The use of fertilizer can only start when the flowers already wilted. Using it during the blooming season can destroy the flowers. Do not use fertilizers to force the growth of your plant. It cannot also be used to force the flowers to bloom.
The only use of fertilizer in plants is to serve as a supporting agent in its growth. It cannot be the sole reason for the growth of a plant. So when deciding to use fertilizers, try to see if the plant needs it or not.