How to Root Schulmbergera Joint Cuttings
Schlumbergera Propagation starts with easily rooted joint sections
During summer take cuttings of (or pinch off) joints (sections)
Often this time of year while handling Schlumbergera, joint sections will just fall off. Most will still root.
Allow cuttings to cure for a day or so
Then poke into moist media of equal parts peat & sand
Firm planted cuttings
Keep semi moist. Water from the bottom
Be sure to label your potted cuttings
Keep in closed frame until rooted then gradually submit to more air. Pot up as required.
When to Transplant Schlumbergera Rooted Cuttings
Schlumbergeras like to be root bound. Trans every 2-3yrs. Schlumbergera propagation has never been so easy, right?
Schlumbergera After Care
In April, start with equal volume parts peat, leaf mold, loam & sand. Add 10z bone meal per gallon container. Pot up to 5″ pots & place in semi-shade. Provide good light & humidity during growing season
Indoor plants can be placed outside in sheltered, shaded position in June until late September to ripen new growths. Bring into frost free area before first frost to where temperatures wont drop below 55F
Fertilizer: Begin to feed weak liquid fertilizer weekly once buds begin to form
Moisture: Allow soil to become dry to the touch between watering. Don’t let soil dry out or buds will drop. Keep moist but not soggy.
Notes: Cool 12 hour (dark) nights encourages bloom
Deadheading encourages new bloom
To care for Schlumbergera is easy. Propagation is even easier! Short lived 3-4 day flowers but on a mature specimen is well worth the wait!
Enjoy your Christmas Cactus.