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Las Vegas, Nevada
Wildcatstriker
Jul 21, 2017 6:04 PM CST
I need some help saving this Christmas cactus. It's my mother in laws and all I know is that the poor thing froze in the back of a moving truck on its way to Las Vegas.

I'm assuming this guy should be repotted but I have no idea what is the best soil. I don't know if I should repot, trim roots/leaves and repot, or if the small/narrow stem (trying to point at it with my fingers) with some bright green new growth is enough to clip and try to start a new cactus, if so advice on that would be great!

Also, in the pictures I have put small containers of water near the base, this seems to have really helped because I think it's too dry out here?

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Jul 21, 2017 6:22 PM CST
Not a Christmas cactus, but an Epiphyllum. The green leaf can be cut off and rooted. Take the bit of woody stem when you cut it, and root in barely moist , fast draining cactus potting soil. There is an Epiphyllum forum here for more info.
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DaisyI
Jul 21, 2017 10:04 PM CST
Are the very skinny sticky looking stems connected to the Epiphyllum? If not, you have a second plant in the pot, possibly a Rhypsalis.
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Wildcatstriker
Jul 21, 2017 11:19 PM CST
ctcarol said:Not a Christmas cactus, but an Epiphyllum. The green leaf can be cut off and rooted. Take the bit of woody stem when you cut it, and root in barely moist , fast draining cactus potting soil. There is an Epiphyllum forum here for more info.


Ahh! So I have a different plant all together, thank you. When you say the woody stem do you mean clip by the pink arrow or the blue arrow in the pic below? Also if I clip by the pink arrow then the large green leaves that have turned brown will come along, should I keep those or trim them? Thank you!

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WillC
Jul 22, 2017 1:09 PM CST
From the information provided, it is likely that the roots were badly damaged by the cold and are unlikely to recover. The green sections remain because the plant is dying from the bottom up. Everything below the green is unlikely to recover. IMHO, the only salvation here is to take green cuttings, let them air dry over night and then propagate them in a small pot filled with a very porous potting mix with lots of bark chips mixed throughout.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Jul 22, 2017 3:30 PM CST
After looking at it again, I have to agree with Will. That skinny section can be cut from the main branch(where your blue arrow is) and stuck in the same pot with the green part of the wide leaf. It is growing from the same stem. You will probably need to stake the skinny one.
Name: Zack
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TheWitchBoy
Jul 22, 2017 7:56 PM CST
There's a WikiHow page on this exact subject! I don't know about you, but I have an easier time with itemized, picture-enhanced directions, so I thought this may be of use to you: The title is "How to Grow Epiphyllum Cactus," I'd post a link, but (unfortunately), new members can't do this, haha. Big Grin

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