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purpleinopp
Sep 10, 2021 10:23 AM CST
Around Oct. 1 is the prime time to get your CC as ready to bloom as possible. Also called zygocactus in reference to the zygomorphic blooms.

One thing you can do is to remove any immature sections from the tips, called leveling. They come off with the least damage for me when I twist them off. Using this pic as example, for this stem, removing the two smaller new sections should result in more blooms. Otherwise, it's likely that neither of these young sections will produce any blooms, resulting in no blooms for this stem if they are not removed.


Blooms form on the mature sections.


The plant may be small, but if the tip section is full-size, it can bloom.


The other requirements for blooming includes some fertility, the next couple of months are a good time to fertilize CC's, just don't overdo it. A little is good but too much can make plants ill.

Your plant will also need to be in a place with great light during the day where there is also at least 12 hours of darkness w/o artificial light @ night. The length of daylight vs. darkness is what triggers CC's to bloom, so if you can avoid exposing your plant to light while it is dark outside, your chances of getting blooms (assuming the plant is healthy) will be good. Put a box over it, or put it in a closet when it is dark outside if the only place for your plant is in a room with lights on when it is dark outside.

There is another plant called Christmas cactus, and some will say the Schlumbergera truncata of this discussion isn't the "original CC", and that S. truncata should be called Thanksgiving cactus to avoid confusing it with the other plant and because S. truncata more usually blooms around Thanksgiving than Christmas, and those are fine discussions to have. I just wanted to use the most common nickname for this plant, by which millions are sold every year.

The other CC is not as widely available, only blooms in pink, has pink anthers, actinomorphic blooms, and does not have points on the foliage. Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera x buckleyi)
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Kaktus
Sep 12, 2021 3:39 AM CST
Hah...
Two years ago I tried this total darkness method, try to simulate winter with shorter daylight, every morning and afternoon performed this crazy open and cover the Christmas Cactus for 3 months *Blush* .. and nothing happened, no buds at all Grumbling D'Oh!

Maybe can only applied in 4 seasons countries
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purpleinopp
Sep 12, 2021 10:16 AM CST
I admire your dedication to trying that! When do they usually bloom where you are? The only good thing about some seasons is when they pass. ; )
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Kaktus
Sep 12, 2021 8:28 PM CST
I have seen once Christmas cactus bloom, white color and variegated leaves, somewhere around Feb or march. It was made bloom by a nursery in highland area. A lot of people selling Christmas Cactus in here, they all claimed various colors from pink, red, orange and white. But none of them ever seen the actual flowers, they will show you the photo from google.
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Gardener2493
Sep 12, 2021 8:57 PM CST
Thank you so much for this post! I was wondering how to make them bloom.

Can they tolerate light frost for a few hours?
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purpleinopp
Sep 13, 2021 7:30 AM CST
It may be too warm, Tjoe. IDK. I think part of the equation is temps below 85°, which is automatically included for most people.

Gardener, IDK. I've always brought mine in if it's supposed to be below 40°.
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Kaktus
Sep 14, 2021 1:15 AM CST
Agree, I think that nursery can make it bloom because they are in highland area, have green house and cooler temperature
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purpleinopp
Nov 9, 2021 1:26 PM CST
Spotted first buds today.
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