I have discovered the secret to getting my Thanksgiving Cactus to bloom!
I had just about given up on getting my cactus to bloom. For two or three years in a row it never bloomed.
I wanted to give them away.
I wanted to put them in a yard sale. (I used to have two - one small and one large)
My husband wouldn't let me, even though I suspected he was partly the reason they never bloomed.
Why did I suspect he was part of the reason?
I had researched online about how to make them bloom. I tried doing what they said, but they like coolness and they like darkness.
My husband likes a warm house in the winter and he leaves lights on at night. I was fighting an uphill battle.
Well, last year I put my cactus on the front porch for the summer and I kept it there until the nights started getting a little too cool for comfort. I didn't want it to freeze. I brought it inside the garage and placed it on our chest type freezer until I had somewhere to put it in the house.
Well, after a few weeks I noticed red buds developing on the tips of the plant! More and more buds developed and they started turning into flowers. Yeah!
I brought it in the house and it bloomed beautifully.
I did the same this year and it is in full bloom again.
The garage gave it the environment it longed for -- cool and dark.
I used to think it was a Christmas Cactus, but it has convinced me that it is a Thanksgiving Cactus. Either way, they are beautiful!
Do you have one?
Does it always bloom for you?