My beloved cactus began wilting from root rot... :( Therefore: propagation time using the healthy bits! This page explains how to cut, dry, plant, and care for new cuttings. Another resource with a more exacting time scale for rooting & new foliage can be found here: http://www.turtlestuff.com/growingcactus.html
If your Christmas cactus blooms on the 4th of July, consider yourself lucky. Many people who grow them would settle for any blooms at all. If you're willing to follow a few simple rules, you can coax this shy cactus into blooming for you year after year-just in time for the holidays.
Advice For Christmas Cactus Care - Christmas cactus makes a great addition to nearly any indoor setting. It's not only easy to care for but propagates easily too, making it an exceptional candidate for holiday gift giving. Learn more here.
These cacti have blooming periods corresponding to the holidays, hence their common name. The hanging branches measure from 12 to 36 inches long, composed of glossy green, flat segments. Flowers appear from stem tips, and measure from 1 to 3 inches long with several tiers of petals. Each bloom lasts for several days, and the entire blooming period spans several weeks.Growing Guide Soil: Humusy mix. Temperature: Day: 65° to 75°F. Night, 55° to 65°F.
The Best Method for Propagating Christmas Cactus From Cuttings
Christmas cactus (Schumbergera bridgesi) is a departure from the stereotypical prickly, sun-loving, dry weather, desert plant, as Christmas cactus is tropical and has different growing requirements. Although Christmas cactus appreciates bright sunlight, it blooms best with moist soil and cooler temperatures. Christmas cactus isn't a demanding...