Ask a Question forum: How do I root Christmas/Easter cactus

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Apr 6, 2017 10:26 AM CST
How do I go about rooting a Christmas cactus. I am a real novice, so please be specific. Thank you
Ohio (Zone 5b)
Apr 6, 2017 12:07 PM CST
Hi caddie! Well, it depends on your current setup. Is someone giving you a cutting? Or do you have a Christmas cactus already and want to fill in gaps in the plant?

The cactus propagation is easiest if it's two sections of the stem, connected. If you have a single cutting, place the cutting into a pot filled with soil (not larger than a 4" pot), or into the soil in the current pot if you have the established plant. Keep the plant in a warm area with medium to high light. Make sure the soil doesn't dry out, keep the plant moist but not wet. It may take a few weeks to root, so don't mess around with it other than to check if it needs to be watered.

I have included a photo of my Easter cactus (mine blooms at Easter, yours would bloom at Christmas). Take a look at the left side of the photo, those are each two section piece that had fallen off the plant and I stuck them into the soil not too long ago, because I am trying to fill out the empty spaces in the pot.

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Name: Meri Taylor
SD (Zone 4b)
Apr 6, 2017 12:56 PM CST
Hi caddie

I agree with Alyssa but I ended up putting my cutting in a container with a vented lid so its like a mini terrarium. That way you don't have to worry about keeping it wet. If you put it in a small pot just slip it into a clear plastic bag and tie it loosely together. The damp soil in the pot will create more moisture and keep it damp.

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