This video described the steps I've outlined below.
Love Christmas cactus? Spot a beautiful plant at a friend's house and wish you could have one, too? Then propagate, or grow, one of your own from a cutting! I have made a short video describing the process and will also place the steps here on how you can grow a beautiful Christmas cactus plant in less than one year.
This video described the steps I've outlined below.
Start with a healthy plant. A health Christmas cactus has plenty of branches and stems. The stems/leaves look dark green, like this one.
Take your cutting from a segment that has a bit of root already growing out of it. That's the hairlike part you see above between the jointed segments. Cut the segment just below the joint using a sharp, sterile knife like an X-act knife. To sterilize it, carefully wipe the blade with a cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol.
I am pointing to a healthy segment here with the roots showing.
Allow the cut segment to rest on paper towels for a few hours in the open air. Then, insert it into a pot filled with clean potting soil. That's the bagged houseplant soil you buy at the garden center. Insert the segment with the root about halfway up the segment. You can see the one on the right, above, inserted into the soil.
Water it well and cover with a clear plastic bag. Put the pot in a bright, sunny window. Check the soil; water when dry. In a few weeks, you'll a new tip growing on the stem you plant - that's a sign it's rooted, and you have a new plant. The one above was rooted last February and now, 10 months later, it is blooming. I hope yours does, too.
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I don't know about you, but I love decorating with birch bark and birch branches for Christmas. It is so beautiful and textured; perfect for the neutrals of farmhouse decor and perfect to set off green and red if you like more traditional decor.
The tutorial that I bring to you today is a very simple one, Dollar Tree Mirrored Centerpieces using Dollar Tree Mirrors. Going to the Dollar Tree is like an adventure, you get so many things with which we can create and make accessories to decorate either for our home, our office or for that activity you are planning and want to do at a low cost.On my last visit I bought some mirrors that its original use is to carry candles. I found them perfect for centerpieces so we went straight to the tutorial of these Dollar Tree Mirrored Centerpieces.
Starting in the late fall, the stores begin to blossom with colorful holiday cacti. Although not truly cacti like the plants you'll find growing in the desert, both Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) and the true Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) are popular house plants that begin blooming in November. With the right care, they can live for decades. It's not uncommon to find someone with "grandma's Christmas cactus", a venerable plant passed down through the generations and cherished! Caring for Christmas cactus ensures your plants will have a long, happy life.
As a newbie to Arizona, it took me a long time (like a decade) to fully accept living among cacti, crazy summertime heat and rocky front yards instead of green grass. But now a good 12 years in as an Arizonan, I've come to enjoy most things desert like the iconic sahuaro cactus. Did you know they look pretty cute when decked out for the holidays? Save yourself from a few thorns with an easy DIY felt cactus Christmas tree ornament!
Turn an Old Vintage Stereo Cabinet into a functional storage place.Have you passed by vintagestereo cabinets at yard sales, Craig’s lists and said what would you do withthis piece. Well here are some easy inexpensive steps to transform your newfound piece into a treasured jewel. This is where chalk paint or clay basepaint and some easy Diy projects will make you stop in your tracks and not passup the next one. Mom and I couldn’t help but rescue this vintage stereocabinet it was calling our name. We decided we were going to transform thispiece into a Funky Bold Moroccan Style Cabinet.
Organizing my freezer was a task that I had been avoiding for way too long. After each grocery shop, I would gather up my frozen products, shove them in, and slam the door as quickly as possible.As you can imagine, every time I opened the door to use something, I spent time cleaning up the avalanche of frozen french fries and kiddies ice cream pops that ensued.
I'm a baker and a bit of a collector (hoarder?). I love baking tins, cookie cutters, etc. I have a stash of 6-cup muffin tins that I picked up at a thrift store. I have never baked only six of anything, so I'm not sure why that purchase ever happened. I have discovered something fun to do with them however...
For all of you DIYers out there who are hesitant to make things because of the lack of tools, this project is for you! I assembled this project using nothing but a staple gun! You can also choose to just use a hammer and nails. I love vintage wood skis and I saw some on sale at Pottery Barn for a low price of only $399.00 dollars (https://www.potterybarn.com/products/found-wooden-skis/?pkey=e%7Cwooden%2Bskis%7C4%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C48%7C%7C1&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH) Well, not sure about you, but that's way out of my budget! So I decided I make a set myself for the holidays. Lets get started
We took our boring, builder-grade fireplace and gave it a total transformation to make it feel a little more special! Here are the details on how we got it done (if you're curious about the mantel, it's a DIY project! Click here to see the full tutorial).
I had a vision...My mantel needed a focal point for Christmas, so I was going to create this night scene on a painted black backdrop with mini lights posing as twinkling stars in the night.However, as I worked further on the project, that all changed. (they always do...)It became bigger... and BETTER!Rather than boards, I grabbed an old bulletin board I had in my stash instead.I then messed with an easy-to-use stencil in such a (good) way that created a NEW design, and the mini lights would now highlight the sign in a much more meaningful way...Here's how it turned out and how it looks on the now Christmas mantel!Hard to believe that's a bulletin board, isn't it?
This corner in Ryan's room was missing something. But I couldn't decide what. When I thought about what she really loved, I knew it had to do with books! This little girl has so many books but no where to enjoy them!So I set out to make her the cutest little reading nook you ever did see!
I love the holidays as well as the scents of the holidays. I also love to make up little inexpensive gifts to give to my family and friends. I've got an awesome little yummy smelling project that fits both of these categories and I'm going to tell you how I did it so you'll be able to make some and give as gifts too.
How to make a HIMMELI?First of all, what is a Himmeli? Well, the Himmeli are distinctive ornaments of Nordic decoration and are characterized by their geometric structure. They are pendants coming from typical Sweden and Finland that were originally made with very thin pieces of cane and that had different geometric shapes.Himmeli have become key pieces to decorate and there are many ways to create them. In this tutorial I will show how to make them using straws.You will need 4 straws in its original size and 8 pieces of 4 inches.Note: If at any time the wire is not enough to continue, simply add another piece , attach the two ends and continue
Ahhhhh, fall! We love fall foliage more than almost anything, and we can never get enough of it! What does your area look like this season?Quick, before the leaves completely drop, snap a picture of your fall foliage and share it with us in the comments! Include your state, and maybe we'll get a chance to see fall from every corner of the country!Photo with the most "likes" will win a Hometalk prize!**UPDATE** Congrats to Winners Kelly-n-Tony for the photo with the most likes! Get ready for some Hometalk swag coming your way!