Do you ever wonder why your Holiday Cactus will not flower for you. If your Christmas cactus is an indoor plant then you should have it placed in a north-facing window.
On Christmas varieties the margins are rounded.
How to make a christmas cactus bloom. Wherever the plant is placed do not turn on the lights at night even for a short period of time. To sum it up- to make your Christmas cactus bloom you have to reduce watering especially in October and place it in a cool spot with indirect lighting with 14 hours of darkness at night. And if you follow all the steps right you can expect your brightly colored flowers in the holiday season.
Place the plant in bright indirect light. Christmas cacti produce flowers in a cool environment-short day cycle. For the rest of the day it is OK to place the plant in bright indirect light.
Placing Christmas cactus into the east-facing window that receives abundant amounts of sunlight during the day and 12 hours of darkness each night can encourage the plant to flower again. To make sure that your Christmas cactus is getting the humidity that it loves water it often enough that the soil never dries out about two or three times per week and spritz regularly with water from a spray bottle. Take a Cutting From a Mature Plant If you want to propagate and plant a Christmas cactus start with a mature plant a couple months after the plant has finished blooming.
Unlike many other succulents Christmas cactus can bloom again in spring if given the short days condition. Blooms appear at the end of the stems on the last segment. Artificial light can mess with this so the quickest solution is to have your plant placed in a room that isnt often used in the evening.
Take a section of up to five segments from the end of a stem. To get the Christmas Cactus to bloom you need to place it in darkness for 12-14 hours a day overnight and when I say darknessI do mean dark as little indirect light as possible is best. This plant flowers best when its.
Christmas cacti have very specific requirements for temperature. Thanksgiving types have serrated edges. That breaks the dark cycle required.
The proper soil to use is a mixture of orchid potting mix and African violet mix. I discuss the tricks to forcing your cactus to flower during the holiday season. Ideally you should make sure that the temperature remains around 12 degrees Celsius or between 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
In our guide to growing Christmas cactus we discuss cultivation indoors in bright indirect light. Mix these two in equal parts and add. To encourage bloom your plant should also be getting at least 12 hours of darkness a day.
Our Christmas Cactus has bloomed and I wanted to take this opportunity to make a video for you guys showing how to help encourage a blooming cycle on your ca. To initiate the production of flower buds there needs to be at least eight days of 16 hours of dark and eight hours of light each day. You need to make sure that the plant remains cool if you want it to bloom during the Christmas period.
You can also make an easy DIY humidity tray to keep Christmas cacti happy when they are in a dry environment.