Keep the Christmas cactus away from hot air registers or cold drafts. After the bloom period is over, treat as any other house plant. Water when dry, as they put on new growth during the winter months. These are so easy to bring into bloom the next year. In late April, after danger of frost is past, the plant is taken outdoors, and placed on a concrete block, on the north side of the house. Nearby plants protect it from wind. It is watered when the other plants are.
In mid-October, the plant is brought back indoors, and the buds are already visible. It is placed in an area of good indirect light, and quickly comes into full bloom.
For 21 years, Loretta Aaron, an Oklahoma City gardening expert, was a beloved and well-known gardening columnist for The Oklahoman. Loretta died in 2009. Her cousin, Carla Sharpe, an OKC Beautiful board member and avid master gardener, copied and indexed Aaron's articles spanning many years. With the permission of her family, we will reprint some of Aaron's gardening wisdom each month.