How to Easily Get Your Christmas Cactus to Bloom This Season


How to Easily Get Your Christmas Cactus to Bloom This Season -- Christmas cactus are popular houseplants due to their long lifespans and unusual winter flowering season, which makes them a fun and unique addition to the home, as well as a vivid plant display all over the holiday season. Yet, getting those stunning, tubular flowers to bloom at right moment is a bit more challenging, required proper care and a few little tricks.

Light Setting


These simple cacti will be able to bloom if they get a week of long nights and shorter days. Once your area gets used to this naturally, just placing your cactus on a windowsill and allowing it to experience the natural cycle of days can help boost blooming, since it prefers 12 or more hours of darkness every day. At night, avoid exposing your plant to any artificial light.

Cooler Temperature


They also like colder temperatures, so keep Christmas cactus away from heaters and radiators (as much as this seems unusual to some of your normal cacti) and instead place it on a cool windowsill or in a less-used area with temperatures ranging from 55 to 60 degrees.

Watering Schedule

If you want your cactus to bloom, reduce your watering schedule. Water only when the soil is dry to the touch, and then just about an inch below the surface of your plant. This will give your cactus a push into dormancy and allow it to begin flowering.

Don't Overwater

This plant should not be overwatered. A Christmas cactus that is soggy or waterlogged is not a happy one. However, you also want to keep the soil equally moist so using a spray bottle all year might be helpful.



Use rich, fertile soil and, if possible, add more compost. Any flowering houseplant fertilizer (such as 20-20-20 or 20-10-20) would do. Once buds form, fertilize them every two weeks. Feeding them on a monthly basis from spring to summer can assist ensure a stunning, full bloom around the holidays.

Other Tips

Provide your cactus with moderate light and sometimes direct sun all year. Constant direct sunlight will be too much for this jungle dwelling who filters light. These plants like as much bright, indirect light as possible. However, never expose them to direct sunlight. Their leaves may burn.


Once buds form, use a high-potassium fertilizer every two weeks during the growth season (not the flowering season). After a successful flowering season, it's time to replant your Christmas cactus in a new, slightly bigger pot so it can flourish for another year.

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