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Posted 2w ago by @MelissaF

#Newbie here. This #TrueChristmasCactus was the first plant I received from a monthly plant company. She never really flowered unfortunately last year even though she had buds. Here’s what she looks like now 9 months later. She’s still in her original planter she came in. She currently lives 1-2 feet from a south window, seems to prefer that to the south window. Would welcome any advice. Thank you.
1ft to light, direct
5” pot with drainage
Last watered 2 weeks ago
If you have a shaded spot outside, she’ll love that too!
I would Google how to make your christmas bloom. In the fall place In a darkened area 12 hours of darkness each day then put it out in the sunlight the temperature should be cooler hard to achieve a 55゚ room when you're trying to stay warm but reduce the watering do this for 6 to 8 weeks then then bring it out into a bright Sunny area no direct sun normal watering and you should start to see blooms in 8 to 12 weeks. Forcing dormancy in the key. I start mid septemberish to decrease water and provide darkness. @MelissaF. Your plant has really grown. They like to be a little root bound too.
@Stall54Jo Thank you for the advice. I had read about forcing dormancy and was planning on doing that as well. Is it ok to leave her in the plastic pot she came in for now?
@MelissaF Yes she can stay in that pot for now. Consider repotting in spring if you want to change pots. I would stay same size unless already root bound. If root bound only go up one size.

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