Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Sharing christmas cactus in bud...

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Name: Paula
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
Oct 9, 2017 5:38 PM CST
If I snap off a piece of christmas cactus that's in bud to give to a friend, do you think it will still complete the process of blooming?

I'm thinking little tiny pea sized buds won't make it, but if the bud is already 3/4 of an inch and at the end of a five segment branch, what do you think the chances are?

Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Oct 9, 2017 7:53 PM CST
Bad. The cutting will put all its energy into the bloom. It won't have enough 'Oomph' left to grow roots. Share a photo right now and in the spring, share a cutting.
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Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
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Oct 10, 2017 6:33 AM CST
Plants can surprise you sometimes. Amazingly, I've had pieces with buds fall off that I've immediately placed in water that went on to bloom and surprisingly put out roots. But what Daisy is saying is that it's better to have a well rooted cutting/established plant, before allowing it to bloom. A cutting can use up all it's energy on the bloom, and without roots it can't regenerate any. If she wants blooms, the chances are better if she waits until spring to obtain a cutting.

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