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easy How to Root Christmas Cactus Plant

Do you have a Christmas Cactus you want to propagate from cuttings?  I have a quick and easy method to root Christmas Cactus plant (also Thanksgiving Cactus) successfully every time!

It is so easy to root Christmas Cactus plant cuttings along with 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 plant and a Thanksgiving Cactus CLICK HERE.

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Today we talk about

  • how to choose a plant to take cuttings from or use your prunings
  • How to take cuttings
  • Best container to root the cuttings
  • Prime location for container of Christmas Cactus cuttings
  • Potting up cuttings when Rooted

Because most people call all the holiday cactus family Christmas cactus I shall defer to that name.  

Choose the Christmas cactus plant for Cuttings

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 pruning the Christmas Cactus like this will encourage it to send out more shoots.

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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:

How to Root Christmas Cactus Plant from a cutting, a simple way to propagate some of your favorite plants.

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.

How to Root Christmas Cactus Plant from a cutting, a simple way to propagate some of your favorite plants.

How to take the Christmas plant cuttings

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. 

The video gives you a really good idea of how I do it best.  I also explain why taking the cuttings at a Y is best but not imperative. 

How to Root Christmas Cactus Plant from a cutting, a simple way to propagate some of your favorite plants.

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. 

Best container for rooting Cuttings

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.

How to Root Christmas Cactus Plant from a cutting, a simple way to propagate some of your favorite plants.

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.

How to Root Christmas Cactus Plant from a cutting, a simple way to propagate some of your favorite plants.

I add water to the jar before placing my cutting in it. 

You want the water to barely come to the top of the stones.  The cutting is only slightly touching the water, it is resting on the top stones.

How to Root Christmas Cactus Plant from a cutting, a simple way to propagate some of your favorite plants.

Location of Christmas cuttings container

Keep the jar in a spot where you can keep track of the water evaporating. I typically keep it in my kitchen windowsill and I put more water in as needed. 

The humidity alone in the jar will let it root without worrying about it rotting. Below is a wonderful example of a cutting that has rooted.

Christmas cactus rooted cuttings, how to propagate christmas cactus cuttings

Once I have roots 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. 

Related: Potting up Christmas Cuttings that have rooted

I use Cactus Mix potting soil with great results though I have used regular potting soil with some added perlite or horticultural sand which worked too.

How to Root Christmas Cactus Plant from a cutting, a simple way to propagate some of your favorite plants.

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.

How to Root Christmas Cactus Cuttings, quick and easy Video!

I hope you get to root some of these wonderful Fall and Winter bloomers soon.

Feel free to print this checklist.

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Want to know some easy tips and tricks for growing healthy Christmas and Thankgiving cactus that bloom? Go Here!

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mark schlueter

Monday 26th of April 2021

what do the stones do when propagating in water

Pamela

Tuesday 27th of April 2021

They keep the bottoms of the cuttings from rotting. If always submerged, I found the cuttings tended to rot, but when they sit with just barely the tip touching to water or even if the water goes down a bit further, the humidity has the cutting rooting rather than rotting.

Judith A Fritz

Saturday 20th of February 2021

I have different colored cacti. Can I take different leaves from different cacti and plant them in the same pot? I would like to try a pot with the mixed colors.

Pamela

Monday 22nd of February 2021

Yes, you can. I am doing this myself.

Mary C Quinn

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

Is heat have any factor in rooting? I'm in Chicago and my windows are quite cold.

Avril Kasner

Thursday 4th of February 2021

I am a gardening enthusiast and love any information on gardening. Thanks

Florence

Sunday 17th of January 2021

Look forward to seeing my cactus look like yours

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