Do you have a Christmas Cactus you want to propagate? I have a quick and easy method to root Christmas Cactus plant (also Thanksgiving Cactus)
It is so easy to root Christmas Cactus and all the other Holiday Cactus, you won’t believe it! I have had pieces fall off my plant with buds on them which still root and bloom. Just so you know, I have an entire article written on how to tell the difference between a Christmas Cactus and a Thanksgiving Cactus CLICK HERE and I will link that at the end of this post so you can check that out later if you prefer.
I have this gorgeous Salmon colored Thanksgiving Cactus and I want to really fill a nice pot with it. It is still on the smallish size and I can get it to fill a pot much more quickly by taking a piece from it, rooting it and then adding it to the pot with the parent plant. Plus cutting it back like this will also encourage it to send out more shoots.
Once it fully opens up I will get another photo of it to share and update this post with it. Here is the updated photo:
On your Christmas or Thanksgiving cactus locate a juncture where you want to take a healthy piece about 3 to 4 inches long, with 3 or 4 leaves (sections). This one is kind of jutting out to the side awkwardly so it will make a nice cutting.
Sometimes gently bending it and twisting at the juncture is enough to snap it off and sometimes I have to use my thumbnail to cut it.
Many let the end heal over by setting it aside for a few days but I don’t bother but if it makes you feel better then go ahead and do that.
Now most will tell you to put them in a potting soil mix to root but that just has not worked for me. I put a few stones in a glass jar, this is a recycled salad dressing jar I was practicing my glass painting on, the stones are about 2 inches deep.
Before I put any water or my cutting in the jar I write what color of cactus it is on one of the sections, I have several and I usually decide to root more than one at a time.
You can let the cutting sit out for a couple days to harden off but I don’t always do that I and still have no trouble rooting them.
I add water to the jar before placing my cutting in it. You don’t want the water to come to the top of the stones, you want it just a 1/4 inch from the top. The cutting is not actually in the water, it is resting on the top stones.
I keep the jar in a spot I can keep track of the water evaporating. usually my kitchen windowsill. The humidity alone in the jar will let it root without worrying about it rotting. Here is one that is already starting to root.
When I have roots then I just pot it up either in the same pot as the parent, if I am trying to fill out a plant or I give it it’s own pot. I use Cactus Mix potting soil with great results though I have used regular potting soil with some added perlite which worked too.
And that is really all there is to it. They are actually quite quick to root and I do it any time of year though it will go faster during the active growing season.
I hope you get to root some of these wonderful Fall and Winter bloomers soon.
Click any of these titles for more you will enjoy!
How to tell a Christmas Cactus from a Thanksgiving Cactus
All about Propagating Plants
Clean your Indoor Air with Plants
Start Geraniums from Cuttings
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Need hints to get your Christmas Cactus to bloom? Click Here