Christmas cactus in the planter in full bloom

Christmas Cacti provide beautiful splashes of color in the dead of winter. They get their name from their blooms that appear as the nights elongate, which usually means that they bloom around Christmas. In this way, they are providing a splash of color when almost every other plant is dead. This unique quality makes them a very interesting plant to have in our homes.

However, they do require some specific growing conditions. In nature, a Christmas Cactus would grow in a bed of leaves near a tree. As you’d imagine, a bed of leaves does not hold water very well, so these plants evolved to get much of their water through the air.

Therefore, they need pots that drain very well. Even a little bit of standing water can easily kill a Christmas Cactus. In this article, we reviewed 10 of the best pots for these plants that provide excellent drainage.

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The 10 Best Pots for a Christmas Cactus

1. Jusalpha 5” Ceramic Cactus Pot – Best Overall

Jusalpha 5” Ceramic Cactus Pot

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Size: 5”
Color: Varies

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Christmas Cacti need a pot that drains very well, and the Jusalpha 5-inch Ceramic Cactus Pot does just that. This pot is specifically designed for a large succulent, which is typically what a Christmas Cactus is. It is beautiful and comes in a light blue color, though other colors are available, too. Most importantly, the bottom of the pot features a rather large hole. Therefore, much of the excess water will drain quickly.

We love that this pot comes with a tray. Because Christmas Cacti are usually planted in soil with a lot of drainage, there tends to be a lot of water runoff. Therefore, having a tray is essential. The fact that this pot already comes with a tray lowers the number of things you’ll need to purchase for your plant.

Plus, we also love that this pot is made from high-quality porcelain. It may cost a bit more than other pots out there, but you’re receiving a very high-quality product. Therefore, we easily consider this to be the best overall pot for a Christmas Cactus that you can purchase.

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2. HBA Self Aerating Round Pot – Best Value

HBA Self Aerating Round Pot

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Size: 6”
Color: Blue

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The HBA Self-Aerating Round Pot is much cheaper than most pots out there, making it the best pot for a Christmas Cactus for the money. While it isn’t specifically designed for succulents, it does have a self-aerating feature that makes it a good choice for Christmas Cacti—with a few caveats.

This pot is advertised as self-watering. While it likely does this great for your average plant, it will keep the soil too moist for a Christmas Cacti if you simply leave the tray full of water. Therefore, we do recommend emptying the tray after it’s collected the runoff.

We particularly like that this planter features large slats at the bottom of the pot to provide extra air circulation. For many succulents, this is vital to prevent root rot and similar issues. Furthermore, this also helps reduce the odds of overwatering occurring, as excessive water has somewhere to go.

The tray that comes with this pot is rather large, allowing it to catch a lot of runoff. When you’re dealing with a sensitive plant like a Christmas Cactus, you don’t want to be watering that much anyway. However, if you do overwater, this tray is plenty big enough to catch it.

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3. Color Glazed, Vintage Succulent Pot – Premium Choice

Color Glazed, Vintage Succulent Pot

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Size: 5.5” (with some variance)
Color: Vintage design

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If you’re looking for a very nice-looking plant, you may want to consider this Color Glazed, Vintage Succulent Pot. It is completely handmade to look older and more distinguished than most other succulent pots on the market. It features a beautiful design that easily fits with many different home decors.

Along with the pot, this purchase also comes with a bamboo tray for catching excessive water. The pot includes a pad that allows water to pass through onto the tray but prevents soil from washing away. This feature is unique and hard to find. We consider this added pad alone to be worth the extra price of this pot.

Because this pot is handcrafted, it does vary a little bit. However, this also means that your pot will have some character, which is hard to find with today’s mass-produced items. While handmade doesn’t always mean high-quality, we did find that this pot was much higher quality than others on the market. If you have the money to spend, we highly recommend this beautiful pot.

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4. Comeon Cat Ceramic Succulent Pot

Comeon Cat Ceramic Succulent Pot

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Size: 5”
Color: Varies

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If you’re looking for a plant with character, then we highly recommend the Comeon Cat Ceramic Succulent Pot. This pot looks like a cat and even comes with a little, removable scarf. Therefore, this pot is probably one of the most interesting options on this list. It makes a wonderful gift, especially if the receiver is known for their interesting tastes.

As every succulent pot should, this cat pot comes with a small drainage hole on the bottom. It does not include a drainage tray for the pot, which is something to consider. You’ll need to purchase another pot separately or allow the pot to drain in the sink when watering.

This pot is made from clay and baked at a high temperature. Therefore, each one will look a bit unique.

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5. Demaciya Plant Pot for Indoor Plant

Demaciya Plant Pot for Indoor Plant

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Size: 8”
Color: Green and Gold

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We like that the Demaciya Plant Pot for Indoor Plant has an included tray that looks like it is part of the pot. The pot itself is a modern green color, while the tray on the bottom is rustic gold. The tray and pot complement each other well, keeping the overall aesthetic of the pot in mind.

As you’d guess, the pot does come with drainage holes, which allow the water to drain into the tray area below. Therefore, your succulent is far less likely to get root rot or a similar root problem. This pot is also much bigger than others, so it should fit even larger Christmas Cacti.

With that said, this pot is made from plastic. Therefore, it isn’t necessarily as high-quality as other pots out there. You do get two for the price of one, though, allowing you to save a little bit of money.

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6. Modern Marble Plant Pot

Modern Marble Plant Pot

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Size: 6”
Color: White and Gold

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While it isn’t designed specifically for succulents, the Modern Marble Plant Pot can absolutely be utilized for succulents. It includes a large drainage hole that allows excess water to flow into the golden tray underneath. The tray and the pot do go together well, so they won’t look out of place in your home.

As the name suggests, this pot does have a marble design on it. However, it is made from ceramic—not actual marble. The ceramic design does make it easy to clean though, and this material should not harm your plant in any way.

We particularly like that this pot is very hardy. It is a bit more durable than other options, so it can easily withstand a bit of use. Of course, we don’t recommend throwing it on the ground or anything like that. But this planter should stand up to being knocked around a bit.

With that said, this planter does feel a bit cheaper than other options. However, from visuals alone, it doesn’t look cheap, making it a good décor piece.

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7. Gepege Beaded Ceramic Planter Set

Gepege Beaded Ceramic Planter Set

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Size: 6”
Color: White

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As the name suggests, the Gepege Beaded Ceramic Planter Set comes with two different pots. These two pots are not exactly the same. However, they do feature a similar design that makes them look very good when placed next to each other.

Large drainage holes on the bottom prevent root rot by allowing excess water to drain easily from the pot. Plus, each pot comes with a tray to catch this water so that it doesn’t drip or pool on your table. As you’d expect, these trays are removable for emptying. With that said, they are not very deep and don’t work as well as other trays out there.

These pots are made from ceramic, which makes them a bit durable. Plus, ceramic is also cheaper, which is why these pots are inexpensive.

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8. Muzhi 7” Cracked Ice Glaze Ceramic Planter

Muzhi 7” Cracked Ice Glaze Ceramic Planter

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Size: 7”
Color: White

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Compared to other planters, the Muzhi 7-inch Cracked Ice Glaze Ceramic Planter has a more traditional look. It features a white coloration with a very shiny glaze. It is also quite large, allowing for lots of root growth. However, most Christmas Cacti don’t necessarily respond well to lots of room, as they are used to growing in tight spaces and like to be a little root-bound.

However, this pot may work well for particularly large plants.

This pot does come with a tray, but the tray isn’t very large. However, it should catch most of the runoff that comes through the drainage holes. The tray does compliment the pot, which is always a nice aesthetic touch.

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9. Homenote Pots for Plants 15-Pack

Homenote Pots for Plants 15-Pack

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Size: 6”
Color: White

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If you need a lot of pots, then we recommend the Homenote Pots for Plants 15-Pack. This pack is a bit more expensive than just purchasing a single pot. However, if you need a lot of pots, you really can’t beat it. Each pot comes with a lot of drainage holes on the bottom, as well as a matching tray.

The design isn’t particularly flashy, but it does work well for those looking for a more minimalist pot. They are around 6 inches across, which is about average. However, they aren’t extremely small like many succulent pots, which makes them suitable for Christmas Cacti.

With that said, the average person doesn’t need this many pots. Therefore, you’re likely better off purchasing a single pot.

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10. Classic Home and Garden 9411D-515 Corinthian Collection Planter

Classic Home and Garden 9411D-515 Corinthian Collection Planter

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Size: 10”
Color: Blue-Gray

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The Classic Home and Garden 9411D-515 Corinthian Collection Planter is quite large at 10 inches. As you’d likely guess, most Christmas Cacti do not need a pot this large. In fact, the excessive room may encourage a bit too much root growth, which Christmas Cacti don’t necessarily like. These plants typically like to be a bit root bound.

With that said, this pot is high-quality. It is made with stone dust, resin, and silicon. In the end, this leads to a quality finish and a high-end look. The simple design and color make this pot look well put together while also fitting with many home designs.

Furthermore, this pot isn’t heavy despite the use of stone dust. Therefore, you shouldn’t have any issue transporting it. It is also UV-treated to prevent damage in the sun and comes with quite a few drainage holes.

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Buyer’s Guide: Selecting The Best Pot for Christmas Cacti

Christmas Cacti are pretty particular about their growing conditions. When grown correctly, these plants are very good at providing a splash of color in the winter. However, they do need particular soil and a specific pot design to thrive.

In this section, we’ll take a look at all of the different pot needs of Christmas Cacti. In the end, this will help you determine what pot will work for your plant.

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Size

Unlike many plants, Christmas Cacti do not like tons of room for root growth. If you provide them with too much room, they will often develop weak roots as they try to fill out the pot. Therefore, it is typically best to give them a smaller pot than you might otherwise. Providing only a little room for root growth is recommended.

With that said, you also shouldn’t re-plant these cacti often for the same reason. Providing them with too much room too often will lead to weak roots that won’t be able to support the plant. Therefore, you should wait at least 3 years in between re-plantings.

Drainage

All pots you use for your Christmas Cacti should have drainage holes of some sort. These cacti do not like sitting water at all. They are very prone to root rot. In a natural setting, they would live on top of a bed of leaves under a tree. A bed of leaves does not hold water very well in the least. Therefore, their setting in our homes needs to mirror this.

Therefore, the more drainage holes, the better for these plants. You can sometimes add drainage holes with a drill if you purchase a pot without them. However, it is often better to purchase a pot with pre-made holes. There is always a risk that you’ll crack the pot if you dry to drill a hole in it after purchase.

On top of the correct pot, you’ll also need the correct soil to promote drainage. Your average potting soil won’t work, as it retains water far too much. There are commercial soil options that work, but you may be interested in mixing your own. However, if you only have one or two plants, it is often best to purchase commercially made soil that supports succulents.

Furthermore, because you need a pot with drainage holes, we also recommend purchasing a pot with a tray to catch the extra water. While you can purchase a pot separately, it is often better to get a pot and a tray that matches. Typically, these sets are more aesthetically pleasing and can save you a bit of money.

Material and Design

While the type of material the pot is made out of doesn’t matter that much, it is something that you need to keep in mind. Ceramic and porcelain are the highest quality materials available. However, there are other options, as well. Plastic is cheap and unbreakable. However, it also looks a bit cheaper than other options.

In the end, it all depends on what you’re looking for in a pot.

On top of the material, you need to consider the overall design of the pot. Many pots are made to fit in nicely with a range of home décor designs. However, there are many pots that fit in best with a particular style or color palate. Of course, you should purchase a pot that meets your design style and needs.

As we mentioned above, it is often best to purchase a pot that comes with a drainage tray. Otherwise, you’ll have to purchase one separately. This is simply another layer you’ll have to match unless you purchase a set.

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Conclusion

There are many pots out there that you may use for your Christmas Cacti. The most important features to consider are the size and amount of drainage, as your cactus needs very particular growing conditions to thrive.

Our favorite pot is the Jusalpha 5” Ceramic Cactus Pot. It comes in a variety of colors to fit any home design. Plus, it also comes with many drainage holes and isn’t huge, while also being larger than most succulent pots. Therefore, it works well for most Christmas Cacti and is well-liked by most plant owners.

If you’re on a budget, you may be interested in the HBA Self-Aerating Round Pot. It comes with slats along the bottom of the pot, which promote aeration and drainage. However, the self-watering feature isn’t particularly necessary for these cacti.

We also loved the Color Glazed, Vintage Succulent Pot, though it is more expensive than other options. It features a pad on the bottom that allows water to soak into the tray but prevents soil from flowing out of the pot. Plus, it is completely handmade and looks beautiful. If you want a statement piece, this is it.

Hopefully, one of these pots stood out to you. They all work pretty well for Christmas Cacti, so it largely depends on what you are looking for in a pot.


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