Distilled water will help you clean the white powdery salt build-up on your Christmas Cactus flower pot. The Christmas Cactus is a beautiful soft cactus which blooms just for the Holidays! Each year it will delight you with its colourful blooms. What is interesting about this plant is that it isn’t really a cactus like the ones in the desert. It’s actually a tropical plant. It depends on the shortening days and drop in temperature to tell it its time for it to bloom.
There are plenty of things to keep in mind in order to have a healthy and blooming Christmas Cactus. However, you may be following all of these and yet it doesn’t bloom. Look at the pot of the plant and if you notice a white powdery residue in the pot itself or anywhere around the plant that you pour the water, you may have found the problem. Tap water contains sodium salts, and if they are in excess they cause build-up. To alleviate this you can water the plant occasionally with distilled water. This will help clean out the root system. It’s also good to dump the excess water which drains into the saucer about 30 minutes after you have watered. By keeping your plant indoors and in a dark place in the night as Christmas approaches, as well as making sure it gets the right amount of water and cleaning it will surely delight you with its beautiful blooms this Holiday season.