Christmas Cactus, Schlumbergera – Plant
The Christmas cactus is easily propagated by cutting a short Y-shaped segment from the stem tips. Make certain, however, that the cutting is taken from healthy plant foliage only. Plant the segment approximately a quarter of its length deep in slightly sandy soil. Moisten evenly and place the cutting in a well-lit area, staying away from any direct sunlight.
To root cuttings for new plants, cut back shoots from the tips, cut at the second joint of each tip. The cutting should show signs of growth within a few weeks, at which time the plant can be transferred to another container, if desired, with a looser potting soil mix of compost, loam and sand.
How to Care for Christmas Cactus
Thrives in bright indirect to medium indirect light. Not suited for intense, direct sun. Extended periods of low light in the fall will help encourage winter blooms.
Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out halfway down between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.
Schlumbergera can be sensitive to water with the high calcium content. Try using filtered water or leaving water out overnight before using.
This plant can benefit from extra humidity when in bloom.
SYMPTOM: Mushy leaves or black stems
SYMPTOM: Wrinkling leaves, dry potting mix
CAUSE: Thirsty plant, underwatered
SYMPTOM: Blooms dropping
CAUSE: Fluctuations in temperature, cold drafts, or roots drying out or becoming water-logged
This plant is pet-friendly! The best practice is always to keep houseplants out of reach of small children and pets.