Sick Christmas cactus! Help please?
I am wondering if any of you would be able to help me. Please!
I could really use some advice on my sick plant.
I have a Christmas cactus which has been passed down for generations. Two years ago, I received mine from my wonderful aunt who passed away. In addition to raising my child, my live's work is to keep this cactus alive!
The problem is this;
My cactus has grown and thrived for two years in my kitchen window. From the minute I brought it home it has been happy. The leaves have been full, and year round I see bright green new baby leaves, growning at the bottom of the older leaves.
I know this seems weird, but I water it only once a week, and at the end of that week, if the soil isn't totally dry at the top, I let it go another week w/ out water.
Up to this point, no problems!
The plant is in a hanging planter about 15" in diameter. It is in a window which gets indirect sunlight all day. (Our neighbors' house blocks any direct sun.)
The plant is large, I"m guessing it weighs abut 50lbs.
In the past three weeks however, I have noticed that the leaves at the end of the plant, and now, whole branches, are starting to get thin (no water in them?) and drop off. They are no longer plump and filled w/ water.
Some of the dying leaves are those which face the window, some are those which do not face the window.
In the past week, I gave it more water, but it hasn't seemed to do any good (the leaves are still thin and shrively).
Please, please can you offer some suggestions? I really can't let this plant die!
Perhaps you might also have some suggestions of anyone else I could also try.
I would love a house call from someone -- but I am in Masachusetts.
Thank you for any help you can offer!
My same-day follow-up posting:
Actually, a big branch just came off my cactus (sob, sob).
I looked closely at the end that broke off (the opposite end from the tip of the cactus). Under a thin layer of dried leaf/stalk (?) right at the place it broke off -- there is something that looks like white mold climbing up the broken branch (only about 1/2") I'm not positive it's mold, but it set my allergies off big-time so I'm guessing that's what it is. It looks a little like the cocoon a moth makes (very thin and silky). It isn't a cocoon, but that's what it looks like.
The bottom of the branch (which broke off) is a little damp. Not soaked, but a little wet.