Although I enjoy gardening I don't grow many indoor plants, just a couple of orchids, but for the last couple of years I've fancied having a Christmas cactus. I bought one last year, just a small specimen, but it rotted in the pot as soon as Christmas was over. I put it down to something I'd done, either too much water or not enough, and thought no more about it.
This year, I thought I'd have another go. I decided to buy a bigger, more established plant hoping that it would be more settled in its pot and grow well. It was encased in cellophane and as soon as I brought it home and took off it's protective wrapping half of the plant fell away. It looked as if the exact same thing had happened with this plant as last year's, much of the foliage had turned to mush. Since then, more has rotted away. Here you can see what it looks like today, there's a huge gap in the centre of the plant now where the stems have rotted and the foliage on the right hand side is another part which has broken off.
It doesn't look very healthy where the stem has broken, it's obviously diseased.
Here is a part which has broken off, you can see where the stem has rotted. Much of the plant has gone the same way.
I'm really disappointed that my attempt at growing a Christmas cactus has been thwarted again but I'm not going to give up, I shall have another go with another plant next year.