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Can You Make Cacti Flower Year Round? Yes and No.

Lyn is a horticulturist and YouTuber with over 35 years of experience growing succulents and cacti.

A gorgeous Sulcorebutia cactus in flower.

A gorgeous Sulcorebutia cactus in flower.

How to Get Cacti to Flower All Year Long

The majority of cactus plants will flower during the spring and summer, possibly into the early fall as well. If you only have one type of cactus and its flowering season isn't in winter, you won't get blooms (naturally) during that time.

That being said, Christmas and Thanksgiving cacti and some of the epiphytic cacti and rhipsalis cacti will flower throughout the fall and the winter.

Holiday cacti flower in winter, but desert cacti don't (at least not naturally).

Holiday cacti flower in winter, but desert cacti don't (at least not naturally).

My Best Advice? Grow Many Kinds of Cacti!

So how can you make your cacti flower year-round? Well, the answer to that question is simple—grow a selection of different types of cacti, such as desert cacti, epiphytic cacti, and holiday cacti. That way, you'll have lovely flowers in the spring and summer months as well as in the fall and the winter.

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Blasting your cacti with 16 hours of light a day can get them to flower out of season, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Blasting your cacti with 16 hours of light a day can get them to flower out of season, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Can You Force Your Cacti to Bloom in Winter?

Now, I want to mention that it is possible to get desert cacti that would normally be flowering in the spring and summer to flower in the dead of winter. You can do so by using grow lights and having them on for 16 hours a day, which should cause your cactus plants to flower when they're completely out of season.

Forcing a cactus to flower out of season can diminish its health and ultimately reduce its life span.

Forcing a cactus to flower out of season can diminish its health and ultimately reduce its life span.

Yes, But I Don't Recommend It

Personally, I wouldn't recommend forcing your cacti to flower when it would normally be dormant. This can gradually cause your cactus to weaken because it's being deprived of a rest period. If you're trying to get it continuously flowering out of season—when it's not meant to be flowering—it can cause your cactus to stress and eventually decline.

Remember...the easiest way to have cactus flowers all year long is to grow a variety of many different cacti so that you have loads of blooms all the time!

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