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Name: Marica
Northern Ca mountains 4000' (Zone 7b)
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crystalview
Apr 18, 2016 4:32 PM CST
I just got several clippings and colors of Christmas. I stuck them in root tone and then in potting mix. Should they have some sun? Or just keep them in the house?
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Apr 18, 2016 5:32 PM CST
Welcome to ATP! Welcome!

I don't think the rootone was a good idea. Christmas cactus root very readily on their own - the rootone may cause them to rot.

Keep them on the dry side - if the cuttings start to get soft, water, otherwise, leave them in a bright spot (no sun) and wait. They will start to grow new leaves when they are rooted.

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Apr 18, 2016 6:13 PM CST
I haven't rooted Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) cuttings in many years but I always let them lay out for 36 to 48 hours to allow the cut ends to callous over before planting. I used shallow containers and potting soil with lots of extra perlite mixed in to help with aeration and drainage. I've also used Rootone without any problem. I think the main thing is to keep newly planted cuttings on the dry side and don't plant them too deep, which could cause the stems to rot. keep them out of direct sunlight. They may take a few weeks to a couple of months to produce roots.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Apr 18, 2016 6:14 PM CST
@crystalview *Blush* Where are my manners, I forgot to say Welcome to All Things Plants!!
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Name: Marica
Northern Ca mountains 4000' (Zone 7b)
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crystalview
Apr 18, 2016 6:16 PM CST
Thank You!
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Apr 18, 2016 6:16 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Marica
Northern Ca mountains 4000' (Zone 7b)
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crystalview
Apr 18, 2016 6:19 PM CST
I guess I better let them dry out some. I have not had then for many years. These were a gift and I read so much on my other plants since it's spring I am to brain dead to read up on theses so thanks
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Apr 18, 2016 6:21 PM CST
Like wise, welcome to the site. These ppl have been nothing but gardening angels to me. regarding how you do it, my mother's simply broke some pieces off hers and said it in normal ugly planting media it almost looks like wood chips to be honest just very very fine and slim pieces comma but getting to the point she has it under a fluorescent light bulb, a single T5 bulb. And she even left a flower on one of them, and 2 the best of my knowledge they should not have grown. But, Mother Nature likes to Surprise Us. All the trees are growing in the one that flowered is growing another flower as well I just don't get it
Brenden
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ShadyGreenThumb
Apr 18, 2016 6:24 PM CST
My 3 pots of Christmas Cactus fell over last night. It was the act of ghosts. The collapsible antique English sweets holder just up and collapsed when no one was around it! Sad For the most part, the 3 plants are ok. But there were enough broken pieces to start a new pot. I gathered soil off the floor, (it has a bunch of perlite in it) put them into a new clean pot and stuck the "cuttings" into the soil. It is in indirect sunlight for now. I never had issues of rotting this way. Crossing Fingers! Welcome! Welcome!
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Name: Marica
Northern Ca mountains 4000' (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder
crystalview
Apr 18, 2016 6:25 PM CST
Do they like being warm?
I just had to put Adenium sprouts on my DVR with a bag over them. They were not growing in weeks. These are in the sun all day but my grow lite is not brite.
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Apr 18, 2016 6:36 PM CST
Here are the pictures..... Unbelievable
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Name: Marica
Northern Ca mountains 4000' (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder
crystalview
Apr 18, 2016 6:42 PM CST
Roots an sprouts Cool
I just can't afford a big grow light. I have a 75g fish tank with plants that use my budget also.
But I miss things that bloom and something to take care of. To many wild animals outside to grow a garden. So to keep us busy I started cactus. You know how it goes. I started with adeniums, then Epi's now Christmas cactus.

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