I have a large one that is old and blooms abundantly each year, maybe it will be fooled by all the snow I have here in Feb. and bloom again. All my outside landscaping is being eaten by deer, because everything is buried under snow.
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we have inadvertently provided it with the cold & light changes that were mentioned here. it bloomed just before Thanksgiving (end Nov) and now again in Feb, so about 3 mos between.
we had it in an east-facing window and it was watered when totally dry. then we needed to move it because a violet needed the spot (my mom has tons of violets.) so it went into the basement (a cool upper 60s all the time) with fluorescent lights on for about 10 hrs/day. when it started to bloom the 1st time we brought it upstairs & put it on the table in the kitchen. it got lots of late afternoon sun and was warmish (low 70s). After it finished blooming we took it back to the basement...where it began to bud & is now blooming again. We watered throughout whenever it became completely dry, but no fertilizer.
thanks for that info on the warm/cool cycling-wonder how many times it would bloom if provided the same conditions again & again?
Does anyone know when to repot? it's getting really large for the small & shallow container it is in now.
Mine always bloom 2X a year with the temperature change; once in the fall (Thanksgiving thru Christmas) when I bring them indoors. When I bring them indoors, the rise in temp causes them to bud and bloom, so I place them thru out the house as beautiful focal points.
When they are done blooming I set them right up next to, sometimes touching the sliding glass doors of the apt - cold glass. Where the best light is. It's very cold there (I don't use much heat) but I know they can take it.
As Spring arrives they bloom at Easter again (or later than Easter on the years Easter falls earlier on the calendar) because the sunlight heats up the glass and the plants.
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Yea for your Christmas Cactus. Whatever you are doing don't change it!! And don't move it, even to a different room!
I had a Christmas Cactus for five years and it never did bloom. When my mother went into a retirement home I took it up to her for her window. She always had plants at home. The very first Christmas it had four blooms on it! And every year after that for six years it would be covered in blooms! After she passed away I brought it back home and it did not bloom the following Christmas and had died by the next one! They are crazy but beautiful plants!!!LOL
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I'm so thrilled! My Christmas cactus is blooming a second time. It's just as beautiful as last time. Can't imagine to what I owe the honor although maybe the god of the green thumb felt pity on me after the death of the tea olives,
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