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Your timing is amazing, Tina--we were just discussing these in the DG chatroom three hours ago! I was concerned about getting one because the windowsills are a bit chilly in the winter, but hey, if they like it that way...
So do I! We were in Walmart last week, looking at the three they had. They were sadly neglected. So, we didnot get them. Have always admired the beautiful blooms, buy thought they were too fussy. Glad to see this article.
My first "cactus" was a small piece that I acquired from a lady in my garden club. It is rather large now and must be a Thanksgiving cactus because it bloomed beautifully this year at Thanksgiving. I keep it outdoors in summer in the shade and it starts to set buds before I bring it indoors. I don't mean for it to that is just the way it seems to happen. I've been coveting the red one which I'm hoping will be a Christmas one, I bought a small pot today at my local grocery. Hope I can remember the paper bag trick for next year. I also plan to put the "youngun" outside next summer if it lives.
jsxtiger, I was referring to the article and when I tried to get it open again I couldn't. Since I could not do that I think it means to cover the cactus with a paper bag to keep it from budding too soon. Anyway that is what I am going to try. Like iI say if I can remember to do it next fall.
THE EASIEST WAY TO GET CHRISTMAS AND THANKSGIVING CACTI TO BLOOM IS TO PLACE THEM OUT FOR THE SUMMER ON A SHADY PORCH OR UNDER A TREE UPON A BENCH SO AS NOT TO INVITE SLUGS OR ANY OTHER INSECTS. THE COOL OF FALL AND THE SHORT DAYS WILL INITIATE BUD FORMATION. BE SURE TO BRING IN BEFORE FROST. IF LIVING IN AN APT TRY THE PAPER BAG METHOD. THESE PLANTS RESPOND TO EITHER SHORT DAYS OR COOLNESS OR BOTH TOGETHER!