Growing Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera) from cuttings is one of the easiest propagation methods. This also works for Thanksgiving and Easter holiday cactus plants. See how to take a section of leaf stem and grow new plants. For a indoor growing guide, see How to Care For Christmas Cactus Year-Round.
Keeping this in view, how do you propagate Schlumbergera?
The Christmas cactus is a relatively easy plant to propagate. Take cuttings of one to four segments and let them sit in a cool, dry place for two to four days. Plant an inch deep in new soil, preferably a sand/peat mix. Water sparingly until roots or new growth develop, then water as normal.
Correspondingly, how do you start a Christmas cactus from a cutting?
How do you propagate plants from cuttings?
Let’s get started
- Identify the location where you will snip your cutting from the main plant. …
- Carefully cut just below the node with a clean sharp knife or scissors. …
- Place the cutting in a clean glass. …
- Change out the water every 3-5 days with fresh room temperature water.
- Wait and watch as your roots grow!
To increase the chance that your cutting with take root, dip the end of the cutting into a rooting hormone powder until it’s covered with powder. … While using a rooting hormone may help stimulate growth, you can propagate Christmas cactus without it. If you don’t want to use a rooting hormone, skip this step.
In general, water a Christmas cactus when the top inch or 2 of soil is dry. To help increase the humidity around your plant, fill the pot saucer with pebbles and add water to just below the tops of the pebbles (the pot shouldn’t be sitting directly in water). The air will become more humid as the water evaporates.
Christmas cacti need bright, indirect sun. They’ll burn in direct sunlight, so if it’s indoors near a west or south-facing window, make sure it’s filtered with a sheer curtain. They like humidity, so if your house is dry indoors in winter, put them on a tray of pebbles or near other plants.