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My cactus are not blooming? I had one cactus produce 1 flower. I placed them in my laundry room because it is dark. Then I thought they will get some light when we do laundry. Now I'm thing the basement it is dark around 5;30-6;00pm and light5:30-6:00am.temp: 69-70 F. is this a good place? My other question is do you know where I can get a Christmas cactus called angel dance or dancer? I have searched over the net.

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Tonya,

I am having a bit of the same problem this year. Holiday cactus need either cool night temperatures (between 55 and 60 degrees for 6 weeks) or extended periods of darkness to set flower buds. I usually leave mine outdoors into the late fall and by then they have set blooms. This year we had freezing temps way too early. If you cannot meet the temperature requirement simply give the plant 13 hours of total darkness each night for several weeks. This can be done by keeping the plant in a closet or covering it with a dark cloth or putting a double thick layer of black trash bags over it for 13 hours. During this time stop fertilizing and reduce watering. Once the buds set, return the plant to normal light and resume watering. In the past if this has happened I have found that the plant still blooms but it may not be till February.

Many people wonder why buds will drop from their plants before the flowers open. This can be caused by excessive heat, too much light, cold drafts, over watering, under watering or a sudden change in light or temperature.

Good luck with your plant, I hope it blooms soon!

Darlene

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Darlene K. Kittle

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I have been an Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years and I raise around 300 houseplants and bonsai trees a year including tropicals, succulents, and cacti. I have also been a professional plant care person for businesses in the Fort Wayne, IN area and currently professionally care for bonsai trees for my customers.

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I am also studying the Japanese art of bonsai with tropical plants and is President of the Fort Wayne, IN Bonsai Club.

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Fort Wayne, iN Master Gardeners. President of the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. Allen County Master Gardeners

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I am not a hortculturist. I am a Purdue University Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years. I have studied plants on a personal level by growing hundreds of plants annually for the last 35 years. I have also studied under several nationally known American Bonsai experts.

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