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Discussion in 'Plant Propagation' started by MickiS, Nov 27, 2008.
I would appreciate any help I can get to successfully propagate my Christmas Cactus.
Take a cutting with 5 to 6 segments and stick it (~2 segments) in some moist (not wet) potting soil....should root no problem
Thank you for your response. When I tried that in the past the segment just shriveled up. Do you think the problem may have been that I let it get dry? I have tried this a couple of times. Is one season better than another for trying this?
I have done it this way in the past, but the pieces were only about 3 sections long and I just stuck them in the soil, but only about 1/2 a section deep. They all rooted just fine. I recall reading after the fact that you should let the rooting end dry for a couple of days, before you planted it. I don't think that it is necessary, since it worked without it.
Use perlite for that type of cutting and put a cover over it during the day to up the humidity. As said above its good practice to let the cuts dry over before sticking them into your medium.
Thank you I will try both methods..drying and planting right away. Hopefully all will root. I will let you know. MickiS
I have grown and propigated several kinds of Thanksgiving, C-mas and Easter cactus, (Common names). (They seems to have settled on SCHLUMBERGERA as the approved proper name.) So far all have responded well to just pinching off a stem that has four or five leaves/segments and sticking it in a good potting soil, keep moist - not soggy. Check along the segment/stems and sometimes you can see roots forming at the junctions. That's a good segment to try repotting if you stick the air root parts in the soil. Sometimes I put the pot in a plastic bag from the grocery store and loosly secure the top, open enough to allow some air in
I'm in Anacortes, WA so not that different a climate. Send a private note if you want more info.
I had best results in propagating christmas cactus when I pinched 5 sections of it and submerged first 2 sections into vase filled with tap water. Usually, roots strike after 1-2 weeks or so. After 4-5 weeks when roots are nicely developed I plant it into pot or else roots might start rotting in water.
These cuttings are 2 weeks old. All 3 of them have roots now.