In the usual tradition of sharing Christmas Cactus, my plants were given to me by my Mother from a huge plant she's had forever. She took some divisions from that plant and potted up a couple for me.
Last year, the first year I had them, they bloomed early as well. They were in full bloom at Thanksgiving. That wasn't so bad.
This year, as you can see, they're full of buds and they're going to be popping with blooms before Thanksgiving I'm sure. In the summer months, I keep them outside on the deck where they get about 5 to 6 hours of light every day. Once the temps start to drop, I move them into my garden window in the kitchen where they receive about 3 or 4 hours of morning light.
After a little a research, it would seem all sorts of variables must be in play to get them to bloom at Christmas. Much like the poinsettia, water, light, humidity, all in the right amounts are needed at certain times of the year to ensure blooms at Christmas.
Perhaps when they're done blooming this year, I'll take the necessary steps to ensure they bloom for the time of year intended ~ Christmas. But for now, I'm going to enjoy the gorgeous blooms this plant provides.
If you'd like to learn more about Christmas Cactus, I found a website devoted to this plant.
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