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Christmas Cactus Not Blooming

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Less water, reduced light, and cool temperatures are required for this lovely plant to bloom. Begin making these changes in the fall about 6-8 weeks before bloom time, causing the plant to enter a dormancy period. Once buds appear it can be moved to a sunnier location. This is a guide about Christmas cactus not blooming.
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September 24, 20112 found this helpful

I started my plant from just a small clipping of a Christmas cactus about 1 1/2 year ago and it never bloomed. Now it's getting big and I am wondering if I should put it in a bigger pot and what can I do for it to bloom? The clipping I took it from was a big Christmas cactus from a friend of mine and it bloomed I think twice a year if I'm not mistaken.

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September 25, 20111 found this helpful
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I've heard that if you put it in a closet or someplace dark for a couple of weeks, the plant would have the "cycle of the seasons" and this is suppose to "force the plant to bloom! I've never had a Christmas Cactus, but read it on a plant/gardening website!

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September 27, 20111 found this helpful
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Deniaka is right. You should put it in the dark and barely water it. I would say it might take longer than 2 weeks though.

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Then when you bring it out to the light, water it good and put it in some really good light. You should have blooms, maybe not at Christmas, but blooms.

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September 29, 20110 found this helpful
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My Christmas cactus blooms every year. I just put Jobe fertilizer sticks in around the 1st of Nov. I keep the soil moist. Feed it every couple of week with another 1 or 2 sticks. place it in bright defused sunlight area. There's blooms already starting by Thanksgiving. By Christmas it just blooming like crazy and will continue to bloom through January. :)

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September 29, 20110 found this helpful
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This cactus also likes to be slightly root-bound before it will bloom, so don't pot it up into a bigger pot until the roots are literally waving at you from the bottom of the pot.

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December 1, 20151 found this helpful
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I leave my cactus outside in the shade all spring and summer. When it starts getting cold at night around 40-45 degrees it will shock the plant and start the blooms after a couple weeks I bring the plants inside and in about a week all the blooms are open.

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I have done this for the past 15 years and did the same to other people's cactus plants and it worked well for them also. Good luck. They are beautiful plants and I am sure this will work for you.

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August 24, 20170 found this helpful
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Personally, I would recommend not doing this unless absolutely necessary. Holiday cactus really like bring pot bound with their roots fairly crowded because they're epipytic (meaning they grow in trees). They really only NEED repotting every 2-3 years, but some repot every Spring in order to replenish nutrients to the soil.

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August 24, 20170 found this helpful
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I know this is a very old thread, but you can't just leave them in a closet for 6 weeks. They need anywhere from 13-15 hours of darkness. That leaves anywhere from 9-11 hours of LIGHT, whether it be ambient light in your house, sunlight, etc. These plants are great at storing photosynthesis but they do need some light, even when blooming.

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You can't just store a plant in a closet and expect it to do well.

A MUCH easier, natural course of action for these plants would be exposing them to cool temperatures around 50-55°F for at least 4 weeks, not even every day, and they will naturally produce buds/blooms and won't even need a closet to be stuffed into. ;)

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August 24, 20170 found this helpful
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They certainly can. As long as temperatures are not below freezing and/or they're exposed to frost, they can handle cool temperatures quite well. In fact, when exposed to cool temperatures of around 50-55°F they will eventually set buds/bloom as a natural response.

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October 4, 2015

I was given this cactus three years ago around Mother's Day; it had beautiful flowers. I have repotted it.

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It grows very well, but has not had a flower on it. What can I do besides throw it out?

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August 24, 20170 found this helpful
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Cool temperatures for a few weeks [50-55 degrees; outside is fine]. Or you can give them 'long nights' for about 14 hrs a day in order to make them bloom. Don't just stuff them in a closet as others have suggested. Mine also thrive outdoors in the summer! Prune in the Spring and they grow and grow. :) A fertilizer a few times a year is a great idea too.

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March 4, 20120 found this helpful

My Christmas cactus bloomed a little at Christmas, a couple branches is all. Here it is the beginning of March and many of the branches are coming out with buds. Why? I have had a steady stream of blooms since Christmas, but only 4-5 blooms at a time.

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August 24, 20170 found this helpful

I can only suggest to make sure the plant is getting an even amount of sunlight all over by turning it, & fertilize occasionally. Try not to move the plant when it is setting buds though. This commonly causes the buds to drop and/or fall off.

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August 24, 20170 found this helpful

They need to have dark, cool treatment for 6-8 weeks before. Maybe you started giving this treatment late.

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December 26, 20170 found this helpful

I also had one that refused to bloom for several years inside.I finally got disgusted with it and put it outside this last spring and told it to live or die! Within 3 weeks it was in full blooms and bloomed for a few weeks.I brought it back inside when the temps started dropping.it had a few blooms this Christmas but not even half as many after I had thrown it out!

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