Purple Christmas Cactus Leaves: Why Do Christmas Cactus Leaves Turn Purple

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Christmas cactus are relatively trouble-free succulent plants, but if your Christmas cactus leaves are purple instead of green, or if you notice Christmas cactus leaves turning purple on edges, your plant is telling you that something isn’t quite right. Read on to learn about possible causes and solutions for purple Christmas cactus leaves. Why Do Christmas Cactus Leaves Turn Purple? Oftentimes, a purplish tint to your Christmas cactus leaves is normal. That said, if it’s noticeably throughout the leaves, it may signal an issue with your plant. Below are the most common reasons for leaves becoming purple on Christmas cacti: Nutritional issues – If you don’t fertilize your Christmas cactus regularly, the plant may be lacking necessary nutrients. Feed the plant monthly from spring until mid-autumn with a general purpose fertilizer for indoor plants. Additionally, because Christmas cacti require more magnesium


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