If your Christmas cactus only seems to sprout flowers once in a blue moon, this guide will have you seeing beautiful red, white, or pink flowers in no time.
You will need
- Dark room
Step 1 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.
Step 2 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.
Keep the Christmas cactus away from drafts and forced air heat.
Step 3 Water lightly Water the Christmas cactus lightly during the dark time to just once a week and only to moisten the soil a little bit.
Step 4 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.
Step 5 Wait patiently Wait at least six weeks or more for the cactus to bloom while carefully maintaining and taking care of the plant and its environment.
Death Valley sees an average rainfall of just 1.9 inches per year, and holds the hottest ground temperature on the planet at 201 degrees Fahrenheit.