Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera) make great holiday plants because they're easy growers and reliable bloomers. With a little extra care they will also bloom around Easter time.
Infortunately newly purchased plants can be difficult to maintain when you bring them home.
That's because they have probably traveled a great distance to get to the store and endured less than ideal conditions on the journey.
The plants are stressed - and they respond by shedding their flower buds - no matter how much loving care you give them.
Remember, the plant isn't dying just because it's sheding flowers. With a little TLC it might bloom again around Easter. (I show you how below)
The first thing to know is flowering lasts only a couple of weeks. And each bloom lasts for only a several days.
Here are my tips on caring for new Christmas Cactus when you bring them home.
These plants enjoy thorough waterings with a dry period in between.
For now you can put your plant wherever it looks its best. It has built up all the energy it needs to comlete the blooming cycle.
More tips on caring for new Christmas Cactus:
- provide extra humidity. Unlike desert cactus, these plants like 40-50 percent humidity. Use a Humidity Tray or some other method to provide extra humidity to increase the life of the blooms.
- lower temperatures in the room. Just like any other flowers, Christmas cactus blooms last longer in cool temps.
- never place in cold drafts, or near heating ducts (or the fireplace) when blooming.