The Q&A Archives: Christmas Cactus Breaking Branches

Question: My Christmas Cactus is aproximately five years old, and recently branches have been breaking off in the middle of the branch. This has only happened, thus far, on one side of the plant. What is causing this breakage? Is it a natural process? Thank you in advance for your help.

Answer: It's unfortunate, but sometimes the branches get so heavy that they break off at one of the junctions. You should be able to root the severed pieces. Allow the end to callous over, then bury it about one-inch deep in sandy (cactus) potting soil. Moisten the soil and keep the plant out of direct sunlight. New roots should form in 2-3 months. You'll be able to tell your plants have successfully rooted when you see new growth. Good luck with your Christmas cactus!

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