Things are a bit different in Central Florida but once the blooming stops, I generally move all Holiday Cactus (there are different varieties that will bloom at different times, generally starting about Thanksgiving through Easter) to a spot under a back yard citrus and there they remain pretty much neglected until they start to bud then I'll clean them up and bring them to a more visible place inside or out. There is no light after the sun goes down under those trees and I have noticed the flowering times can be adjusted by hittiing them with some artificial light for a few minutes a couple of nights in a row. It helps space out the bloom times. The hazard of my method is that sometimes during fruit drop a plant gets hit and a piece breaks off...but it just gets stuck in some soil for another propagation. :)
Hiya Gina and all,
Christmas and Thanksgiving cactus do bloom better with long, cool nights. Since you're in a cold winter climate, most folks there will grow them outside in shade until frost seriously threatens, and then they'll bring them indoors and keep in the coolest room in the house that gets the least artificial light after sunset. Usually by the time folks in cold winter climates bring them in, they're loaded with buds. Let us know what you do and how it works out. I love Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti and grow quite a few of them--my Christmas cactus refuses to bloom for me unless I put it outside during the cooler months (Scottsdale, Arizona, USA). Keep us posted!
Nina ... Orlando by way of Southern California, New Jersey, Central Labrador, New Jersey, Central Europe (several different places) Georgia, Texas, Washington State, Phillipines and various interim garden spots around the world. :) CT and OK were a long way back down the rest of the list.
Just thinking, since few holiday cactus are actually grown from seed, aren't all of them pretty old in one way or another?? Cheers!
WOW!!! Bob, what took you all over the world? Did you garden in each location? What an education.
I have read where some are hybridized to get other colors. I'll just stick with cuttings.
I found some at Lowes I did not have, people around here buy for color, I pulled the wrap down and there was the name on the pot. They must have thought I was crazy, I had to also pull the plastic shelve down too. I went through all of them and found 4 or 5 I did not have.
I can't wait for my new yellow one to bloom, it has pretty yellow buds. The salmon ones are pretty and I have a solid bright orange. I like the two colored ones also.
Heck...I love them all..
It is interesting how old some of them are. I have seen seeds for sale on Ebay, I don't know how they get them to produce seeds.