In the Garden: Propagating Christmas Cactus

Continuing with some garden talk from earlier this week

A few weeks ago, I relocated my mother-in-law’s plants to my house.  She has some low maintenance plants, so with her traveling, you’d think they’d be okay. They still need care, and it only makes sense that the plants live with us since I look after them anyway. I know, I look wary…

Cacti and succulents

A rare pic of myself. (The car is parked.) Good thing I have a station wagon.

And, I gotta say, I’ve never dealt with cacti before, but don’t they look sad? Poor plants…

Propagating Cacti

These guys need some care

After some reading and searches for cactus care, I thought I’d start with the Christmas Cactus (far left in pic above) and Jade (not pictured) since they were already shedding leaf segments. (Probably stunned from the move.) By the way, Christmas Cacti don’t live in the desert… they come from the rainforest. Who knew?

First I learned that the leaflets have to callous over, and they end up shooting out roots looking for water. I left them on a paper towel in some indirect light. With the Jade, an empty stem stuck in the soil started to bud.

Caring for succulents

Jade (above) and Christmas Cactus (below)


Time to plant the Christmas Cactus. I prepped some cactus soil mix with additional perlite to make the soil airy and well-draining.

Caring for Cacti

Cactus soil mix and perlite

This little pot doesn’t have drainage holes, so I put a small layer of gravel to help with draining.

Caring for Cacti

Small gravel for drainage

I filled up a bunch of pots with the soil mixture, watered them first, and then stuck the cuttings in the pots.

Caring for Christmas Cactus

Place cuttings in soil after the root buds/tips have calloused.

Ta da!!

Caring for Cacti

And in a few weeks, the roots grew! It’s magic! These next pictures are the next victims in the cacti rejuvenation project.

Caring for Cacti

Is this a paddle cactus?

Propagating Cacti

This is in serious need of replanting – what is this anyway?

For your reading pleasure, I found this post on Christmas Cactus care at Garden Hacker, and this great one about propagating succulents.

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