About a zillion websites explain how to make a Christmas cactus bloom. It is tricky, they say, and the plant must have at least 12 hours a day of absolute darkness. Water must be limited. Cool temperatures are necessary.
My Christmas cactus just finished blooming for the third time in the past twelve months, and I’ve done none of the above to make it bloom. It sits on the windowsill in my kitchen where it receives indirect sunlight all day and fluorescent light until I go to bed around midnight. I water it once a week and keep our house at a comfortable temperature, certainly not as cool 50-55 degrees F. (12 C.) as the experts suggest.
It gets no special treatment at all, and yet it bloomed last June, last January, and now again beginning in late April…
“We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.” (Denis Waitley)