Sometimes people wonder how commercial growers make xmas cactus to bloom right for Christmas. Don’t let fool yourself!! Schlumbergera’s biological clock makes it bloom from November. This is really annoying to hear all these stupid stories aimed at keeping us ignorant!
I admit – I was also a
victim of listening all these weird arguments i.e. I have stopped watering in
the summer, which should never be done. Luckily plant survived, but it was not too
Finally I think I understand how take
care of that little wonder, so it’s happy and blooms profusely.
Xmas cactus aka Schlumbergera
is thermo-photoperiodic. This means that it blooming is triggered by certain
temperature and day length. Actually she is so sensitive to any kind of light
that even if lamp light may cause no blooming. So, if your xmas cactus is
standing too close to a lamp that is on in the evening that might be one of the
reasons she is not blooming.
Fertilizing xmas cactus - it is known that xmas cacti doesn’t need too much fertilizing, 2-4 times in the period of
spring-summer is enough. Use 20-20-20 fertilizer and stop it one month prior expected
There is information that
it grows best in the soil mixed with peat or leafmold. It likes watering with
tea and you may mulch it with used tea leaves. Such treatment causes no need for
Repotting - Xmas
cactus likes tight pots, so you don’t need to be in a hurry with repotting.
While you repot don’t use pot that is too big both in diameter and depth.
Pruning - right
after blooming or early in the spring if you would like to root the cuttings. I
never cut the segments, rather twist them.
On the photos you can see
my new xmas cactus – love it for the color.