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You Will Need
- Dark room
Avoid shocking the plant
Avoid shocking the plant by taking it from one extreme climate to another. The Christmas cactus will acclimate over time, but it may not bloom.
Increase dark time
Increase the amount of darkness the plant receives to around 13 hours each day while keeping the temperatures cool to force the plant to bloom.
Water the Christmas cactus lightly during the dark time to just once a week and only to moisten the soil a little bit.
Watch for buds
Watch for tiny pink, red, or white flower buds. When they appear, stop the dark treatment and fertilize with an equal ratio liquid fertilizer.
Wait at least six weeks or more for the cactus to bloom while carefully maintaining and taking care of the plant and its environment.