Christmas cacti look great and are absolutely easy to care for. Their abundant blooms in pink, white, or orange bring a happy mood into the house in the dark season. If you can’t get enough of your Christmas cactus, you can multiply it quickly and easily.
The Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera) is one of the most popular flowering plants during the Christmas season because of its lush green and exotic flowers. The nice thing about it: It is not only easy to care for and frugal but is also super easy to propagate yourself – with leaf cuttings.
The Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera) can easily be propagated by leaf cuttings in spring or early summer. To do this, you simply put individual leaf segments in pots with permeable potting soil, where – if you put them in a bright place and water them regularly – they quickly form roots.
Gain leaf cuttings for propagation
The Christmas cactus is an extremely vigorous plant and can quickly grow out of its pot. By pruning in spring or early summer – i.e. after flowering – you can easily put it in its place. The resulting terminal leaf segments can be used to multiply the Schlumbergera. Alternatively, you can simply remove some fully grown leaf segments, recognizable by their size and dark green color, at an inconspicuous place from the mother plant for reproduction – the leaves will grow back quickly. Tip: Do not cut off the leaf sections, but twist them off. This is gentler on the Christmas cactus and reduces the risk of infection for the plant.
As cuttings, twist off the outer two or three leaf limbs
Step by step: how do you propagate a Christmas cactus?
Despite its name, the Christmas cactus is an extremely vigorous and not very complicated plant. Propagating the Schlumbergera is therefore very easy. Prepare a medium-sized plant pot with well-drained potting soil, preferably mixed with a little sand or drainage made of clay balls on the bottom of the pot. Then twist off some multi-leaf leaf sections from the mother plant and simply stick them into the moistened soil, just deep enough that they will stop by themselves.
After a few weeks in a bright place but not in the blazing sun, the leaf cuttings take root. You should remove specimens that have not been rooted after about four weeks. Tip: Always put several leaf cuttings in a pot so that you will later have a beautiful, dense plant. Do not let the cuttings dry out, but be careful about watering. Make sure that Christmas cacti are sensitive to hard water and only water with well-stale, boiled water, or rainwater. Caution: Rooting in a water glass is unsuitable for Christmas cacti, as the leaf segments rot easily here.
If you put several leaf cuttings in a pot, you will later get a nice, dense Christmas cactus
Make two out of one, make three – make many!
The propagation or rejuvenation of an older Christmas cactus by leaf cuttings is quick and easy and requires little effort. It can be carried out once or regularly, as desired. In this way, you can make an almost infinite number of small Christmas cacti – a great souvenir for your Christmas visit. Even Schlumbergera that is about to die, for example, that have been poured over and suffer from stem rot, can be renewed in this way. The small cuttings need about a year in a light, but not too warm location until they have become whole plants again and the first flowers begin to appear. But then they are a great eye-catcher in winter every year.
Care tips for the Christmas cactus
Although the Christmas cactus sometimes has a somewhat dusty image, it can still be found in many apartments. No wonder – he is undemanding in terms of care. The most important thing is: pour moderately and always use water with little lime. During the flowering period, the Christmas cactus is happy about a regular portion of liquid fertilizer for cacti.