What's your question? Ask

Christmas Cactus Plants

Q.How To Keep Christmas Cactus Growing Strong & Blooming?

Zone Yangon, Myanmar | morinepo45 added on February 7, 2020 | Answered

Where to keep the plant, indoors? Light or dark place?

A.Answers to this queston: Add Answer
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on February 10, 2020

They can be quite specific. These plants require "seasons" while indoors, just as they would outdoors.

During the growing season, they will need 14 to 18 hours of bright, but indirect, light per day. It is important not to expose them to direct light to avoid burning the plant.

During the dormancy, they will need 12 hours or more of perfect, pitch-black darkness per day. They will also need to be watered MUCH less during this time. The temperatures should be around 50-55F (10-13C) during this time. Christmas cactus (If you are completely sure that it is, indeed, a Christmas cactus) will need about 4-6 weeks of this dormancy in order to flower. If this is an Easter, or Thanksgiving cactus, they will need longer, and shorter dormancies, respectively.

Once dormancy is over, you can return the plant to long days of over 14 hours and bring the temperatures back up.

This article will help you to care for the plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/christmas-cactus/advice-for-christmas-cactus-care.htm

Was this answer useful?

Log in or sign up to help answer this question.

Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.

Looking for more?
here are more questions about...
Christmas Cactus Plants
Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!

Do you know a lot about gardening?
Become a GKH Gardening Expert