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Q.Its Summer And My Christmas Cactus Produces Buds

Zone Lake Geneva, Wi53147 | Anonymous added on August 16, 2021 | Answered

I was at your sight looking up a question on my Christmas Cactus which obviously in not in a garden. My Christmas Cactus is in my living room. I live in Wisconsin and my living room window faces south. My Cactus has been in the same spot since I bought it last fall. I bought it with many buds and some blossoms and it was beautiful. Many times this spring/summer, it produces buds – I have a couple right now – but they never bloom. Is this normal. I thought you had to “force” them to produce buds. Thank you for your time and information.

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Answered on August 31, 2021

With the right conditions, they can bloom more than once a year. When Christmas cactus summers outside, the cool days of fall will initiate buds. Then the plant is brought inside before frost threatens. When kept indoors, the shorter days of fall and longer nights will initiate bloom. You can make sure your plant gets the longer, uninterrupted darkness by keeping it in a cool room where no lights will be turned on during the night.


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