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Time to Banish Your Christmas Cactus to the Garage!

Do you have a Christmas Cactus that never blooms at Christmas? Here’s the secret to GORGEOUS Christmas blooms:Flowers 010
This Christmas Cactus is the daughter of my mom’s plant – which is older than I am! She (the plant, not my mom) had a habit of blooming every few years or so in odd times like July. I’d read they need to be ignored in an attic or cellar to prompt blooming, but I never had the heart to force mine into dormancy until a few years ago. I did a little research, gave her a shot of Miracle Gro on the day after Thanksgiving, and banished her to my garage for the month of December, watering only a little bit once or twice a week. Voila! Buds started to form. I brought her back in and gave her nice, warm sunshine – and the buds did nothing. Back to the garage! This time the buds grew. I didn’t bring her back in until the first flower bloomed.

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Now she’s happy as a clam and blooms away every Christmas! It turns out Christmas Cacti need 13 hours of darkness at temps between 50 and 70 degrees F to be prompted into blooming.




Go figure. If you did that to me, well, let’s just say blooming’s the last thing I’d think of doing.

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After the blooms drop off, I give her a pruning haircut to stimulate thicker growth and more blooms for next year, and I’ll send her to the garage again next Thanksgiving!

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eclipse2017_logo_lgWhere will you be during the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017? Probably sitting in afternoon car line twiddling your thumbs and wondering who turned the lights off if you live near me and don’t make other plans. But this eclipse is worth making special plans for!

This will be the coolest thing since 1918, the last time a total eclipse swept across the US!
It turns out I live right in the shadow path of totality! How about you? I’m curious to know how many followers of this blog live near the path across the US.
If you’re interested, you can find out more here.

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January 19, 2013 · 10:49 pm