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In the Garden: Holiday Cactus

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Medford, Ore. — It’s the hottest time of the year and that means it’s time to start thinking about a holiday cactus for the winter holidays.

There’s a simple formula to help you remember what to do.  It’s 8-8-8.  Starting in the eighth month, August, restrict the cactus to just eight hours of bright, but indirect daylight.  Do this for eight weeks.

The key to getting a holiday cactus to bloom also includes correct temperature and limited watering.  The best temperature is 50-60 degrees.

You can adjust the timetable to work for when you want the cactus to bloom.  Just adjust the formula to start the dark period about 3-4 months ahead of the targeted bloom date.

OSU Master Gardeners can be contacted at the following numbers:

Jackson County – (541) 776-7371
Josephine County – (541) 476-6613
Klamath County – (541) 883-7131
Coos County – (541) 572-5263
Douglas County – (541) 672-4461