Rooting an Easter Cactus

(Question)

One leaf of my Easter cactus has fallen off.  How can this be rooted?

 

(Answer)

Spring is a great time to see the Easter cacti in bloom. An Easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis spp. or Hatiora spp.) is an epiphyte and native to a humid jungle climate in South America.

It seems not to be unusual for an Easter Cactus to loose some of its joints or segments after flowering. These segments can be planted when not dried out too much.

Spring in general is a good time to take cuttings from an Easter Cactus. You can cut or twist off single or several segments. You have to let them callous or harden off e.g. on a paper towel in a dry shaded place for about a week. Then plant them upright in a planting mix that drains well, but holds moisture. Mist the soil to just keep it moist, don’t water it. They will root within about four weeks. Start watering more frequently and wait at least 5-6 months before you transplant the rooted segments.

For more information see the webpage of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America at

http://www.cssainc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=371&Itemid=212