How do I get my Christmas cactus to bloom?


It's very healthy and green? Thank you

  4 answers
  • T.K. T.K. on Nov 21, 2018

    Christmas cactus start blooming by responding to the amount of light in the seasons You can force the bloom by reducing the amount of light. I usually start with moving them away from the bright window to one with more shade and gradually move them to a darker area over two or three weeks. Then I start allowing more light - Or - in the case of my larger plant, I cover with a thin cloth ( that still allows some light) and gradually use a more dense one and then a large box the final week. My one plant is starting to form little buds just now and will be in full bloom by Christmas.

    • Kat Kat on Nov 21, 2018

      Thank you very much. It bloomed for two years in a row and now stopped this is second year. I'll see if moving it to a darker room Will help. It's in a room now that has room darkening blinds, I let light in every other day. Thank you for your time and knowledge. Happy Thanksgiving

  • Kelly Schilling Kelly Schilling on Nov 21, 2018

    My grandmother had a Christmas cactus and it only bloomed when it was going to rain. Or at least that's what she told us kids.

    • Kat Kat on Nov 21, 2018

      Well all it has done is rain here for months. No blooms!😞

  • Joanie Joanie on Nov 21, 2018

    This plant needs very little water. This is my second plant and this is also my next plant that it is on its second blooming. It WILL DO what it wants to do and when......go figure. Darkness is good for it and I let mine do its own thing. It works for the plant.

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    • T.K. T.K. on Nov 22, 2018

      I love Dieffenbachia. unfortunately I had a dog that loved to chew on plants, I gave it to a friend- who turned out to have a brown thumb, LOL, Anyway, I found this site that lists some things to try. It may just b a bit miffed at you for moving it away from its friends (LOL).

      Good luck.

  • Kelly-n-Tony Kelly-n-Tony on Nov 21, 2018

    A friend recently told me it blooms if put in the dark for awhile. Odd but true apparently!