Posted on Nov 24, 2023 at 12:03 pm by Oliver C
Christmas cacti are iconic flowers of the holiday season and their propagation is very easy. That’s why today we present to you not only the exact procedure for propagating them, but also everything you need to know to take care of them properly in order to keep them for many years.
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The Christmas cactus: a plant like no other
The Christmas cactus, or Schlumbergera, is not a true cactus because it does not have spines. It comes from Brazil and in its natural environment, it clings to rocks and trees. Putting it behind glass may not please it. Drafts can also cause its leaves to fall off and turn yellow. In the summer, you can take it outside, but protect it from wind and direct sunlight. Like other plants, water it only when the soil is dry and make sure there is never stagnant water in the pot.
Choosing the soil
- To please your Christmas cactus, plant it in a mixture of potting soil and sand.
- Under the right conditions, the Schlumbergera can bloom several times throughout the year.
Propagating and repotting your Christmas cactus
When to propagate?
Propagation of a Christmas cactus can be done at any time of the year, but specialists agree that the best time is after flowering. The idea is that the stems needed for propagation have not yet produced flowers.
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Repotting should be done every 3 years in early spring when the plant is dormant. The goal is to give it fresh soil, rich in minerals and nutrients.
– In water:
- In a pot or jar, place pebbles that will help keep your cutting upright.
- Then add water: 1 to 2 cm is enough.
- Monitor the water level and the appearance of roots constantly.
– In a pot:
- Use a rooting hormone to increase your chances of success.
- During the following two months, regularly check the condition of the soil and the plant’s water needs.
- The exposure should be the same as in the water method.
In late October or early November, it is recommended to stop watering for 2 or 3 weeks. Once this break is over, gradually resume watering. Additionally, the Christmas cactus needs a cold period to initiate flowering.
Tips for a beautiful holiday bloom
- Suspend your Schlumbergera to reveal its true beauty.
- If the leaves start to fall off or turn yellow, it’s a sign that something is wrong. Don’t hesitate to adjust its environment and living conditions.
With these tips, you now have all the necessary information to successfully propagate your Christmas cactus, take care of it, and achieve a magnificent bloom just in time for the holidays!