Christmas Cactus is a popular houseplant for good reason. It’s easy to care for, has beautiful blooms, and can be propagated fairly easily.
Because of that, it’s understandable that you would want to choose multiple Christmas cactus plants to plant together.
If you have more than one Christmas cactus, you may be wondering whether you can plant them together. In this blog, I have written a detailed guide on this.
Let’s get started!
Can you plant multiple Christmas Cactus together?
Christmas cactus can be planted fairly close together, but you should still leave around 6 inches (15 cm) between each plant.
You might have been told that you can only plant one per pot or that you can only plant one in a large container, but this is not true.
You can plant 2 or more Christmas cacti together in the same pot if you have a large container.
But be sure to leave enough room between the cacti so they can grow properly. If they are too crowded, they will not grow as well.
Planting multiple Christmas cacti together is a great way to give a fuller look to your home or office without sacrificing a lot of space.
You will have a nice display of flowers and the cactus will eventually grow together to create a beautiful centerpiece for any room.
Christmas cactus companion plants
There are a few plants that make good companions for Christmas cactus.
Some good choices are:
- Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum),
- Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum), and
- Philodendron (Philodendron spp.).
These plants help to improve the air quality in your home and also look attractive next to your Christmas cactus.
To mix these plants, simply plant them in the same pot. You can also grow them in separate pots and place them near one another. The important thing is that the plants get plenty of light.
Can You Plant Different Colors of Christmas Cactus Together?
You can plant different colors of Christmas cactus together. Many people enjoy doing this because it creates a colorful display. When choosing plants to pair together, try to pick colors that will complement each other.
For example, if you have a red Christmas cactus, you might want to plant a green one next to it.
This will create a nice contrast. Or, if you have a Christmas cactus with variegated leaves, you can plant one that has all green leaves next to it. The possibilities are endless!
How close together can you plant cactus?
When planting cacti, it’s important to leave enough space between them so that they have enough room to grow.
While planting Christmas Cactus close together you need to keep 6 inches (15 cm) between each plant.
If you have a lot of Christmas cactus, you may want to consider growing them in a pot together. This will save space and also look attractive. Just be sure to use a pot that is large enough so that the plants have enough room to grow.
Factors to Considering Before Planting Multiple Christmas Cactus Together
If you are seeking to start your own indoor garden and you have limited space, then you might want to consider planting multiple Christmas Cactus together.
This is because they are perfect for a small space. You can easily grow them indoors.
But, before you do, there are some factors to consider before planting them together.
1. Size of the Pot
If the plants are too close together, they will compete for light and water. The plants should be planted in pots that are large enough to accommodate their root system.
If the pots are too small, the plants will become root-bound and will not be able to grow properly.
2. Spacing Between the Plants
When planting multiple Christmas cacti together, the most important consideration is to avoid overcrowding them.
Plants should be spaced far enough apart(at least 6 inches gap) to give each plant room to grow and become full. An overcrowded Christmas cactus garden can lead to stunted growth and a lack of blooms.
3. Pest Infection Inspection
Christmas cactus can grow well indoors, as long as it’s given the right amount of light and warmth. While planting multiple Christmas Cactus together, you have to make sure that they’re pest-free.
If you don’t make sure to plant only pest-free Cactus together, you could end up with a disaster.
There is always a risk of buying a cactus that has been exposed to pest insects or diseases. These pests can spread to your other plants, including your Christmas cactus.
When you put multiple Christmas cacti together, you are more likely to spread the pests from one plant to the other.
Make sure to inspect the Christmas cactus for pests before you plant it. If you find any pests, throw the plant away. Remove all of the soil from the plant before you throw it away.
4. Size of Christmas Cactus Plant
It is best to group Christmas Cacti of similar sizes together so that they will grow evenly. If you have a large plant and several small plants, the large plant will overshadow the smaller plants.
Also, a bigger Christmas Cacti would need more water too as compared to a smaller plant. Planting them close together would not work well in this case.
Pros of planting multiple Christmas Cactus together
- The plants will look attractive together. Planting different colors of cactus together is a popular trend and can be very eye-catching.
- The plants will help each other to grow. Cactus are not typically known for being very cooperative, but if you plant them together they will help each other out.
- You will save space. If you have a lot of Christmas cacti, you can plant them together in a single pot.
Cons of planting multiple Christmas Cactus together
- The plants may not grow as well if they are not given enough space.
- The plants may not bloom as well if they are planted too close together.
- You will need to water the plants more often if they are in a pot together. This is because the pot will not allow the soil to dry out as quickly.
Let’s conclude the post on whether you can plant multiple Christmas Cactus together!
Overall, planting multiple Christmas cacti together is a fun and easy way to add some color to your home. Just be sure to keep the plants’ needs in mind and give them enough space to grow.
I hope you enjoyed reading the post.
Anirban Saha is an Engineer with a specialization in Electronics and Communication. He is the Founder and Editor of mrplanter.com and also techbullish.com. Anirban loves plants and pursue gardening as a hobby for more than 10 years.