The most effective tricks to make the Christmas cactus bloom all year round

The Christmas cactus , also sometimes called Easter cactus ( Schlumbergera bridgessii ), is a stunning winter-flowering houseplant that adds a pop of color to almost any indoor space.×165&!2&btvi=1&fsb=1&dtd=2872

This well-known plant is not only easy to care for, but can be easily propagated and, by following simple precautions, made to flower continuously.

Christmas cactus can be propagated by cutting a small “Y” shaped segment from the stem tips. The segment should only be taken from a healthy part of the plant.×280&!5&btvi=2&fsb=1&dtd=2911

Plant the cut segment by inserting about a quarter of its length into slightly sandy soil. Moisten the potting soil evenly and place it in a bright area but away from direct sunlight.×280&!6&btvi=3&fsb=1&dtd=2982

To generate roots for new plants, cut shoots from the tips, at the second joint of each plant. The cut portion should show signs of growth after a few weeks, after which it can be transferred to another pot, with a mixture of soil, compost and sand.

How to care for the Christmas cactus to make it flower

Although it does not require particular care, small precautions are enough to ensure healthy and abundant flowering of the Christmas cactus .

This plant adapts easily to low light conditions, but will produce more flowers if placed in brighter environments. Caution: Direct sunlight can burn the leaves, so place the plant in a well-protected, albeit bright, corner.×280&!7&btvi=4&fsb=1&dtd=3030

Watering is very important for Christmas cactus. The plant needs frequent and abundant watering during spring and summer, to keep the soil always moist but without water stagnation.

Water frequently and let the soil dry out, although never completely. Overwatering can cause the roots to rot.

The Christmas cactus prefers temperatures between 15°C and 21°C and a medium humidity level. It may be a good idea to place a pebble tray filled with water under the Christmas cactus pot to increase humidity.×100&!8&btvi=6&fsb=1&dtd=76971

Once your Christmas cactus is finished blooming (usually in the fall), let the plant complete its dormancy cycle by reducing watering frequency and light. Make sure the plant receives at least 12-14 hours of darkness, and a temperature between 10°C and 12°C. Keep the plant away from heat sources (for example stoves or radiators) and drafts of cold air.

If cared for correctly, the Christmas cactus can surprise us with frequent and unexpected flowering cycles.

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