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Indoor Gardening: Holiday cacti care

Holiday cacti.jpgMany of us receive plants over the holidays as gifts or buy them to bring a little green into our homes during winter. Usually these plants are in full bloom and look terrific for some time. After the flowers dry up and drop off, indoor gardeners are sometimes left wondering how to care for these plants and more importantly - how to make them bloom again! Our Extension publication Cacti and Succulents has a very helpful section on "Holiday Cacti" that explains the affects of temperature and light on Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii), Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata), and  - yes - Easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri). All three of these plants require short days and cool night temperatures to induce budding. Read more.