Encouraging Difficult Houseplants to Flower

Houseplants originate from all over the world and naturally require different conditions in order to flower. The trick is to mimic these at home to coax reluctant types to bloom.

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To flower well, Christmas cacti need plenty of light during the summer. If grown indoors, keep them on a sunny windowsill. If placed outside, shade them a little to prevent them from scorching. To persuade them to flower, give them short days and long nights. So, from fall to Christmas, keep them in a room that's not lit at night, such as a spare room or a child's bedroom.

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