Ginger
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Asked on May 16, 2019

How do I get a fragrant everblooming disocactus to bloom?

GingerRebecca TaylorCheryl A
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I have had these two plants now for 3 years. They are supposed to bloom and once they bloom they are supposed to keep on blooming all year around. Half of the plant is at least 12 inch long leaves with more popping up in the middle. But when is it supposed to bloom?

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  • Em
    on May 16, 2019

    PLANT PREPARATION

    Cut away any yellow or brown leaves or broken stems that may have occurred. This grooming is completely normal.

    POTTED PLANTS

    These plants are trailing by nature and require a pedestal under their container or need to be planted in a hanging basket. Repot the plants into larger 6 inch pots separately or together in one 8-10 inch container. You may move them up once every few years. Plants never need a pot larger than 12 inch container.

    SOIL

    They like bagged potting mixes for houseplants that will drain well. Most garden centers carry various brand names with perlite, vermiculite, soil and sand.

    GARDEN PREPARATION

    Plants should be grown in containers.

    PLANTING SPACING

    These plants must be grown in containers. Crowding is o.k.

    PLANT HEIGHT AND WIDTH

    These will grow about 6-10 inches per year up to 15-20 inches tall and 18-24 inches wide.

    WATER

    Water the plants thoroughly letting the excess water drain through the bottom of the pot. Be sure to keep excess water out of any saucer underneath pot. During the spring and summer water them once a week all summer long. Water sparingly once or twice a month from November – March. This helps to encourage buds.

    FERTILIZER

    To promote more flowers use a well balanced fertilizer like Roberta’s Flower Magic Plant Food (M7503) once a month spring through late summer. They enjoy leaf feeding as often as once a week.

    LIGHTING

    Full or partial sun is best in summer. In winter months bright diffused light is more than sufficient.

    BLOOMING

    Although some will bloom sporadically this summer, most will

    bloom beginning with the second season. Most plants also get

    a second wind in autumn with another flush of flowering.

    TEMPERATURE ZONE 10 to 11

    When nights stay above 55 degrees place your plants outside and leave them there all summer long- the hotter the better. The point is they like a change in day to night temperatures to grow and bloom properly. When temperatures drop below 45 degrees in the autumn, bring your plants inside. If you live where nights rarely drop below 45 degrees, you can leave your plants outside year round.

    WINTER SEASON

    In the winter months inside the home, plants slow down their growth. Water sparingly once or twice a month from November – March. This helps to encourage buds.

    SUPPORT

    These plants are trailing by nature and require a pedestal under container or need to be planted in a hanging basket.

    PRUNING

    In summer, you can give these plants a trim or ‘haircut’. It is a win-win proposition because you can plant the healthy tip cutting that you have cut. In addition, it will increase the bushy nature of the plant considerably.

    PROPAGATING

    In summer, cut at least a 6 inch tip cutting(s). Let it dry out for one week and plant them. Water them once a week letting the


  • Rebecca Taylor
    on May 16, 2019

    Hi there Ginger, The article that Cheryl gave you has a lot of good information about it and says it can take 10 to 15 years for it to be large enough to flower.

  • Ginger
    on May 16, 2019

    EM & Cheryl A, WoW! Thank you so much for all the trouble you went through to type this out for me. It is greatly appreciated! I will also check out the other site. Hopefully some day I will see flowers, for they sure are getting big. I have them in large pots on top of these square tall tables so they can drape down at least 3 feet. Do you think if I did place them out in the summer months it would stay the same for now they are in very high light daily. Thank you both once again for all you have done to help me out.

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