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Q.My Christmas Cactus quit blooming about 3 years ago when we repotted it. It used to bloom every year before this. Any suggestions?

Zone 48051 | Anonymous added on May 21, 2020 | Answered

My mother’s Christmas cactus has bloomed without fail for years until she repotted it in a larger pot. (New pot was at least twice as big as old pot). She has never put the plant in the dark at any time. Should I repot again in a smaller pot? Anything else I can do to help it bloom? As my mother recently passed away at age 90, I would love to get her favorite plant to bloom again. Thank you

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Answered on May 23, 2020

They prefer their roots to be crowded to bloom, so moving to a larger pot would have stopped the blooming. When changing pots, it's best only to go up one or two sizes. A too-large-pot can also cause root rot from too much moisture. I would put it in a pot that is only slightly larger than the rootball.


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