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easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri)

growing well, but hasn't bloomed yet. Easter cactus is most difficult from what I've read, (after the purchase) but I love the star blooms. Any ideas?

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Hi Greenthumb, have got easter cactus, feed in summer not to much water, i put my out off doors for the summer months, bring back in for winter in my porch which is bright in winter and should flower for you hope this helps...chezs

5 May, 2008


I wish that I could get mine to bloom also. I have a huge Easter/Spring cactus that is almost 10 years old and it has never bloomed for me. Sounds like Chezs is taliking about Christmas cactus. I have several and I do exactly as he does and they bloom like crazy around the end of November into the begining of December. There is a difference in the leaves between the two. Easter/Spring cactus have oval leaves and the flowers look like trumpets. Christmas/Holiday cactus have points on the leaves and the flowers are elongated. From your photo Greenthumb your plant is definitly an easter/Spring cactus. They are suppose to set buds at the end of february and then be in full bloom around the end of march into early April. I have tried everything to get mine to bloom and it just wont do it. My Christmas/Holiday cactus sometimes bloom twice a year.

5 May, 2008


leave it in the dark. (a root cellar or dark closet) bring it out just as the days are starting the lengthen...(late Feb...early March...) water give it as much light as possible and cross your

6 Jun, 2008


I just leave mine in the south window all winter, with the Xmas ones & treat them all the same - It gets moved into the front porch with the others for summer. It blooms a little around end Feb or March, but reblooms nicely in June as well.

11 Jun, 2009

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