On Christmas varieties the margins are rounded. 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.
I discuss the tricks to forcing your cactus to flower during the holiday season.
How to make christmas cactus bloom. 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. The proper soil to use is a mixture of orchid potting mix and African violet mix. Christmas cacti produce flowers in a cool environment-short day cycle.
If youre having trouble getting your Christmas cactus to bloom then you could be exposing it to too much sunlight. Desert cactus love sunlight and should get a minimum of 4-6 hours direct sunlight a day. It needs to get this reduction in light approximately 8 weeks before you want it to bloom.
Place the plant in bright indirect light. For the rest of the day it is OK to place the plant in bright indirect light. You can also make an easy DIY humidity tray to keep Christmas cacti happy when they are in a dry environment.
However the Christmas cactus is a tropical plant and needs bright but indirect sunlight. 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 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.
Take a section of up to five segments from the end of a stem. That breaks the dark cycle required. 2- To be kept drier.
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. This plant flowers best when its. 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.
Do you ever wonder why your Holiday Cactus will not flower for you. Ideally you should make sure that the temperature remains around 12 degrees Celsius or between 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Christmas cacti have very specific requirements for temperature.
In our guide to growing Christmas cactus we discuss cultivation indoors in bright indirect light. You need to make sure that the plant remains cool if you want it to bloom during the Christmas period. Thanksgiving types have serrated edges.
Mix these two in equal parts and add. Blooms appear at the end of the stems on the last segment. 1- 12 14 hours of darkness per day.
Heres what you do to get your Thanksgiving or Christmas Cactus to bloom again. And if you follow all the steps right you can expect your brightly colored flowers in the holiday season. Wherever the plant is placed do not turn on the lights at night even for a short period of time.