How To Make A Christmas Cactus Bloom, According To An Expert

Place your Christmas Cactus in bright, indirect light but protect it from direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn.

Proper Lighting

Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil dries out, ensuring the soil stays lightly moist but not waterlogged.

Watering Schedule

Fertilize monthly with a half-strength balanced fertilizer during spring and summer; stop in late summer to prepare for blooming.


Provide 12-14 hours of darkness nightly for 6-8 weeks starting in late September to trigger blooming.

Light And Dark Cycles

Regularly inspect for pests or diseases, as these can prevent the plant from blooming.

Regular Check-Ups

Keep the plant in a consistent location once buds form, as changes can cause bud drop.

Avoid Moving The Plant

Maintain a humid environment with temperatures between 60-70°F, and slightly cooler at night (around 55°F) to stimulate blooming.

Temperature And Humidity