I left my Christmas cactus outside all summer and all fall. (I live in the south.) I brought it inside on Thanksgiving and it began to bloom. The salmon colored cactus was a gift from a lovely neighbor and it's now one of my favorite plants of all time!
By Marilyn from Colfax, LA
Your cactus is beautiful. I have 2 and only one was covered in blooms. I live in NC and also leave mine out all spring, summer, and fall. Do you get something like spider webs on yours while they are outside? I have to use a soft bristle toothbrush to clean mine. Take care! (12/19/2007)
Marylin, Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture with us I love it. I never could have any luck with them, but looks like you sure can. It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing. (12/19/2007)
By Teresa, VA
Your Christmas cactus is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us. I love them, but don't have one, so it is nice to see them in full bloom. (12/19/2007)
By Joy of Delaware
Beautiful, beautiful. Don't believe I have ever seen so many blooms on one plant. I have quite a few Christmas cactus plants, but they do not bloom anymore. Tell me your secret because I want my plants to bloom again.
Keep up the good work. (12/19/2007)
By Lula from MS
I'm so jealous! I have tried Christmas cactus so many times, they never grow for me. (12/19/2007)
A lady who works at the city Administration office has one like yours and says her secret is to use the plant fertilizer spikes for blooming plants. Do you use them too? You must surely do something? Hers is indoors all year long, with sparse light from windows in her office. (12/20/2007)
I do the same thing to mine. I live on the northern Arkansas-Oklahoma state line. Mine blooms every year for Christmas. My grandmother did the same to hers, she lived in northern Ohio, and when she was alive, hers bloomed yearly also. I think that punch of cold weather in the fall helps. I take mine in right before a heavy frost, but don't use any special fertilizer or baby it. (12/20/2007)
My grandmother had a large Christmas cactus it always bloomed so beautiful for her. Mine, however, never blooms.
Yours is very beautiful, thanks for sharing your picture.
My wife has one brought down to Texas from Colorado it's doing famously down here. She loves it too and frequently photographs it too. (01/21/2008)
I have a Christmas cactus that has been in my mother's family for 100 years. I start feeding it lightly when I put it outside in spring with a low strength fertilizer. It is on the north when outside, but get the early morning sun, which it loves. I bring it inside when the nights are in the 50s.
I have also added one that belonged to a friend of my mother's, and several new ones. I have red, white, salmon, and hot pink. Good Luck! (10/26/2008)
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