Christmas Cactus Cuttings... did I do this right?

May 14, 2014 – 10:16 am

Hey this is a fun discussion, ones with visual aids are awesome. Being very new to these plants, my recent propagation attempts are my first. I think mine are Thanksgiving cactus, and I'm not sure how to tell them apart from CC's.

When they started making aerial roots like crazy, the urge to provide them with some soil has been overwhelming. There's more sections doing it than I have places to stick them. You can just see how, in nature, it would creep along/up, rooting and shooting at each segment juncture.

Aerial roots on Thanksgiving cactus

This section was shaped in a way that made me want to lay it across a small water glass. It's the only one this big. A couple of the other "cuttings" were 2 sections, but they were joined at the bottom, like a V, so still only 1 segment "tall." It's cool to see the pic above of much larger cuttings. Someday hopefully I'll have plants big enough to 'play' like that... hing off one aerial root piece at a time...

Thanksgiving cactus cutting making a root in water

These I put at the surface of other plants look like they will take off. Still pretty firm, roots getting longer. Of course the ones I was able to twist loose without mangling the aerial root are the ones that look best.

Thanksgiving cactus segments with aerial roots, placed on soil surface

What is it about a newly rooted tiny thing that's somehow more exciting than the big mama plant it came from? Do you check mature established plants several times per day or even daily? How can one new possible leaf atom on a new cutting get your attention over the flower on the mama? Why does anyone want more of a plant they already have? Probably just a mental condition some people can develop... Ha!


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Christmas Cactus Unrooted Cuttings 'Lavender' Variety
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  • Easy to Grow.
  • A holiday and year round favorite.
  • Buds bloom from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
  • Three healthy unrooted cuttings are 2-4 segments each.
  • Roots can take 4 to 6 weeks to grow.

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