How to Make a Christmas Cactus Bloom at Christmas

Learn how to make christmas cactus bloom at christmas or in holiday season by following these to make a christmas cactus bloom

A Christmas cactus in full bloom creates a warm atmosphere during the holidays. Red, pink, white or orange: Its lovely flowers brighten up any interior. If maintained well, it can even bloom again from one year to another for years.

6 Tips to Make a Christmas Cactus Bloom at Christmas

You can make Christmas cactus bloom at Christmas or in Holiday season if you follow these tips. You’ll need to follow the process for at least 6 weeks to make it bloom at time.

1. Location

To force it to flower, tuck your Christmas cactus indoors. Ideally, it should be kept at a temperature around 60 F and make sure it does not go up or down too much, until the first flower buds appear. During this period, the Christmas cactus needs total darkness of 15 hours and 9 hours of bright indirect light. Why so? It is a short day plant and it blooms in such conditions. Make sure that location in which you are placing christmas cactus is fulfilling both light and temperature requirements. Also make sure that is does get complete darkness for at least 14 hours, which means not even smallest lamp or source of light reach it during this period.

2. Watering

Keep the plant slightly thirsty. Water it sparingly until the appearance of the first flower buds: Soil must be dry between watering spells but not too much otherwise forming buds will drop.

After it has formed buds, water it regularly to promote more blooms, also make sure not to overwater as it can also cause bud drop.

3. Humidity

Christmas cactus require about 50 to 60 percent humidity. Use the humidifier to raise the humidity in the room. If you don’t have a humidifier place a tray of water next to it. A humidity tray is good method of providing the humidity the Christmas cactus requires. This is done by filling a waterproof saucer with gravel, then adding water halfway up the gravel. Place the pot on the gravel surface.

4. Do not move

Remember the buds and flowers of this plant are very fragile, so it is better not to move the plant here and there.

5. Pruning

Wait until the end of flowering period, before you start pruning.

6. Repotting

Set in a large pot, the Christmas cactus has tendency to bloom less often. It is therefore recommended to keep the plant slightly root bound. Repot it in every 3 year or so. Choose a slightly larger pot than the previous one.

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  1. Apparently my Schlumbergera did not know the rules as it doesn’t follow all of them. I put it outside on the patio is late spring/early summer, water when dry to t he touch and use plant food sticks for flowering plants. I bring it in before the first frost, this season it was in October and it had begun to set buds. It hang in a ENE facing window in my living room, gets light from the ceiling light as well as from the street light and passing traffic. I carry it to the kitchen sink to water it, so I can give it a good soaking (when dry to the touch). I keep my heat set between 68 and 72, of course it is cooler in the window. I also mist the entire plant a couple of times a day. Mine is white and from the Turncata Group. It has had 2 flushes of bloom since it’s first few lowers in October. second flush was for Thanksgiving when it displayed 30+ blooms and buds as well as several tiny buds I didn’t add to the count. I believe it will have yet another flush of flowers for Christmas as well as sporadic blooms throughout the winter months – normal for this particular plant. I also have a smaller version of this plant grown from stems and pieces that were broken off of it when it fell from it’s shelf in 2014, it is now full of buds and just beginning to open a few.

    These guide line are great to follow as most are not as forgiving as my plant is! I have another Schumbergeria, this from the Buckleyi Group and most likely S. russelliana. It was saved from my neighbor’s plant that was nearly lost to root rot in 2014. I got to keep the smallest, weakest pieces and while they have grown great, it shows no inclination of wanting to bloom! It gets the exact care as the others do. Perhaps when it is fully and completely recovered it will bloom.


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