Gone But Not Forgotten

The Daily Post has given us a photo challenge today, “Gone But Not Forgotten.”

If you would like to participate in this challenge, check out Krista's post and see her beautiful flower pot garden:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/gone-but-not-forgotten/

My picture is of a Christmas Cactus that was given to me last Christmas. They are suppose to bloom during Christmas every year. My Christmas Cactus hasn't bloomed yet this year.

I am anxiously waiting…


 

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22 thoughts on “Gone But Not Forgotten

  1. PJ, I have a Christmas cactus that I am trying to coax into blooming….it is in a dark part of my basement without water! No kidding, I read about this on internet! It didn’t work last year but the plant actually thrived when it was returned to the light. If anybody has tips, iI’m all ears! I hope your pretty plant blooms. Nice picture.

      • That’s what I read. it is to replicate the winter coolness and darkness. Please look it up and don’t just take my word for it! As I said, mine hasn’t re-bloomed yet, but I keep hoping!

    • I just read that Christmas Cactus needs to go into dormancy in order to bloom. In order to achieve that, you must cut down on the watering, let it dry out in the top 2 inches of soil. Keep it in the dark for 12-14 hours per day, and the rest of the time in indirect sunlight. This is my problem. I have mine underneath a light all night long and in indirect sunlight all day long. Also, I don’t let it dry out long enough.

    • “Your Christmas cactus, dark conditions aside, will also need cool temperatures. This should average out to about 50-55 degrees F. Therefore, make sure the location will accommodate both light and temperature requirements.”

      “Christmas cactus plants should continue receiving dark, cool treatment for at least 6-8 weeks, or until buds begin forming. Once buds have formed, it usually takes up to 12 weeks (or less) for blooms to appear. The plant should also be relocated at this time.”

  2. I used to have one of these. If my memory serves me, putting it in a darker area through autumn and then onto a brighter spot at this time of year usually brings it into bloom. Of course, the most common mistake is to try encourage it with water. It looks healthy enough, but doubt it will bloom this year… sorry, I know I’m the prophet of doom!!

  3. Looks like you’re well on your way to encouraging it to bloom again in the meantime.
     
    My smartphone isn’t all that smart when it comes to blogging. So this is actually me, pix & kardz. Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

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