How To Get Your Christmas Cactus To Flower Again
Timing is everything with these flowering succulents.
Cactus is a very low maintenance plant
Cacti are typically desert-dwelling plants that thrive in dry and hot conditions. But these plants also make excellent indoor houseplants.
Cacti are quite low-maintenance, which makes them an ideal plant for new gardeners and a great housewarming gift.
The secrets to growing healthy cacti indoors include providing them with plenty of sunlight, not overwatering, and using the right soil.
But how does one make a Christmas cactus bloom?
When you want to force a Christmas cactus to bloom, you need to begin by limiting the amount of water the plant receives. This generally takes place sometime during fall, usually around October or the first part of November.
Cut down on watering just enough to allow the soil to remain slightly moist. Water only when the topmost (about 1 inch) layer of soil is dry to the touch. This will enable the plant to enter dormancy. Dormancy is critical for getting a Christmas cactus to bloom.
Do not forget the light
In order to further force a Christmas cactus to bloom, you’ll need to move the plant where it will receive about 12-14 hours of darkness. Bright, indirect light during the day is fine; however, Christmas cactus requires at least 12 hours of darkness at night in order to encourage bud development. Your Christmas cactus, dark conditions aside, will also need cool temperatures.
This should average out to about 50-55 degrees F (12 C). Therefore, make sure the location will accommodate both light and temperature requirements.
When you force a Christmas cactus to bloom by giving it the proper care, in the right place, receiving the right light and temperature conditions, the plant will not only bloom but may also surprise you by continually producing blooms several times throughout the year.
Knowing how to make a Christmas cactus bloom will help you enjoy the lovely flower on this popular plant.