Christmas Cactus Plants
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Christmas cactus living in a 10 story apt it is not possible to carry all my plants outside. How am I going to get them to bloom?

Zone 518 3rd Ave S Apt 1017 St Petersburg fl | Anonymous added on March 7, 2020 | Answered

or give up my passion for them. Not one of my Christmas cactuses bloomed this winter. If I have one not looking well I take a few pieces of it and put in a rooting powder and try to stick in an existing plant or start a new one. I believe living where I am on a 10th floor may make them impossible to bloom. I currently have 7 plants and one I have to repot. They can get plenty of indirect light if I put the blinds a certain way as I face the east. I need some help please. Also my cat has started to eat my spider plants. HELP

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on March 8, 2020

They don't have to be outside to bloom, but the cool air does trigger bud formation in the fall. You can also trigger buds by leaving them in a room that stays completely dark overnight (12 hours) beginning in fall. Also allow your plants to become potbound, as they prefer those conditions. Here is more:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/christmas-cactus/how-to-make-a-christmas-cactus-bloom.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/spider-plant/spider-plants-cats.htm

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