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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Christmas Cactus - Suggestions?

Christmas Cactus plants are so pretty!

Especially when in bloom.
Mine never bloomed last year.

Any suggestions? I need something to brighten my holidays.
Someone told me to not water them after November 1st.
Do I need to transplant the large one into a larger flowerpot or will that hurt it at this late date?

I need your help. Any Suggestions?

Posted by Janet F. Smart on Writing in the Blackberry Patch


  1. Wish I could give you some advice but I've never had one. Good luck!

  2. They are very pretty; I don't have one either. You might ask "the Google". :)

  3. Janet, It is really a simple thing. All you have to do is place them in a window where it will get cool and they will get lots of light in the day time and it will get dark early now too. They will get the idea and start setting blooms.

  4. Kim, thanks for your suggestion. I'll give it a try. Any other suggestions, anyone?

  5. Janet, I would suggest you contact your county extension office. They usually have someone that can answer plant problems and if they don't they can refer you, usually, to an organization that can help you like the Master Gardening program, a botanical museum etc. Here is the link to the head county extension in your state -
    -- barbara

  6. I have several and keep them in a window or close enough to one to get plenty of light. I also always water then. My oldest one is about 20 years old.

  7. Okay two people have said to let them get plenty of light. So for sure they're getting moved to another location.

  8. Happy blooming. I can't imagine having an indoor plant as one of your commenters said, for twenty years, because I have such a black thumb.

  9. Mine just started to put out buds a week ago. It goes along with the fall time change. It's the cool, darkness that gets him going.
    I've had it for 6yrs and it blooms every year.
    Mine is kept in my craft room next to the window. He is in the sun until late September or October. Then I put him in filtered light (beside the window) during the day. That room has not heat and it is completely dark at night. I water it occasionally.
    He's a beautiful plant.

  10. It's me again, I saw this detailed info on a site and thought I'd pop back over and share.
    This website...

    Look near the bottom of the page and there's a great section on Winter house plants.

  11. Thanks Liz, Okay it says they require bright light or full sun in the fall months, protect from artificial light during night time hours, reduce watering and keep cooler at night. Then increase watering when flower buds appear. I don't know how I'm going to do the cooler part, my husband keeps the house warm, but I should be able to do the rest. I'll let everyone know when the blooms come on. Fingers crossed!


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