September 19th, 2005
In order for these plants to form flower buds for holiday blooms, they need extended darkness for at least four weeks.
Place the plant in a dark room or keep covered (under a box or bag works fine) for at least 12 hours a day.
When buds appear (usually around four weeks), the darkening schedule can stop.
As the buds get larger, move the plant to where it will be for the holiday, avoiding extreme temperature or lighting changes.
Continue to water and feed while the plant is budding and blooming. Water only when the soil is completely dry – these plants do not like soggy roots.