Christmas Cactus Freeze


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This Christmas cactus is one tough one (I named her Betty White) 3 years ago she was left in the back of a car in the south that nearly killed her. She recovered, was growing great, even survived getting eaten by cats (twice).

2 weeks ago I left her in a car in -10 degree temperatures for about 6 hours. Her discs are wilted and droopy. I kept her to her normal watering schedule of once a week.

Where do I go from here? Do I keep the discs on and just continue as normal? Do I feed her vitamins/miracle grow? My thoughts are to just peel off the discs down the lowest one that looks healthy and continue to water once a week.

I have no clue how to proceed here so any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Welcome to the forum Fred. Last year we had a freeze in Florida and our Christmas Cactus was left outside. It got frost bit and looked like cooked spinich. I didn't cut anything off and just let it heal itself. The lobes that were too burnt eventually fell off. Now it is recouping and actually has a few flowers forming. I would just leave it alone for now and let the plant heal itself.
 

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I also left my Christmas Cactus outside and it was cold, but not that cold. No snow any way, but it actually threw up lovely flowers later in the year.
 
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Mine is just beginning to bloom :) Rarely frost here and I haven't seen it affected. We won't have a white christmas, but it looks like we will have a christmas cactus flower christmas.
 
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Welcome to the forum.

My Aunty gave me this cactus which is a part of her giant plant. It is my first go at growing one of these. Thanks for bringing up this topic.

Here's my new baby
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I don't even know where mine has gone. I have so many indoor and outdoor plants! Mine flowered this year.
 
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It might be a strange thought but I have this theory that neglect brings out flowers! The only time mine ever flowered was the summer after I put it on the front porch and forgot about it. I don't think I watered it more than twice all summer. Not the same as frost/freezing but reading the comments made me think of mine.

Has it survived?
 
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I agree. Mine was out in the heat, rain and open to elements and suddenly it flowered. I brought it in and I haven't seen any new growth, let alone flowers.
 
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I agree. Mine was out in the heat, rain and open to elements and suddenly it flowered. I brought it in and I haven't seen any new growth, let alone flowers.
I reported mine a month or so ago, maybe in January and now it has two flowers coming! It's a very small plant so I'm happy with the two buds. I can't wait till they open :D
 
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