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Christmas Cactus Tips and Tricks

I always look forward to receiving two particular sentimental gifts for Christmas...new ornaments to hang from the tree, and as a plant enthusiasts, a Christmas cactus! Propagating Christmas cacti, is a great way to share this wonderful plant with others! You can share them every year, even mix match colors in one pot, and they are fairly simple to grow and propagate. Christmas cactus propagation usually begins by simply taking a short, Y-shaped cutting from the stem tip. The cutting should consist of at least two or three joined segments. When doing Christmas cactus propagating, always be sure that cuttings are taken from healthy foliage. Allow the cutting to sit for a couple hours, or overnight. This will allow it to slightly calus and prevent rot once submerged in soil.

Rooting Christmas cactus cuttings is simple! Once you’ve taken your cutting, place the segment in a moist peat and sand soil mix. Insert the segment about a quarter of its length below the soil surface. Place the pot in a well-lit area, avoiding direct sunlight. Water the cutting sparingly at first to prevent rotting. After about two or three weeks of rooting, the cutting should start showing signs of growth at the tips of its leaves, which is usually reddish in color. Remember to share!


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