How can I save my Christmas catuese?


They are close to 10 years old and the stems near the soil are beginning to rot. I’ve lost 4 this ear and soul like to save the remaining plants. I’ve cut back on watering but it hasn’t helped.

  7 answers
  • Teana Simpson Teana Simpson on Oct 27, 2018

    Stick a few healthy pieces in a jar with water and they will root. Change the soil and check for insects do not over water potted plants. I have a plant that I have kept growing for 30 years you can stock pieces in dirtas well

  • Annie Doherty Annie Doherty on Oct 27, 2018

    Start taking cuttings, from the top growth. I found rooting these in water the easiest way, then replant in new soil and water lightly.

  • Tish Tish on Oct 27, 2018

    Thank you both. I already have cuttings in a glass jar

  • Teana Simpson Teana Simpson on Oct 28, 2018

    I repot about every 2-3 years. for the cuttings I start them in small pots and change them out as the plant gets larger. I also give them a shot of fertilizer ever few months not much.

  • Patti Patti on Oct 28, 2018

    My Christmas Cactus is a cutting from a 4 generation plant. I water a little every 3 week. But I also take slips and just put them in potting soil. I started this plant 4 yes ago. This is the first yr it's going to bloom. My Sis has a piece of this plant. Hers is huge last yr she had over 100 blooms. And she also feeds it every couple of months. Not sure if this will help you. Guess maybe I wanted to share this. Good Luck.

  • Elaine Seibert Jackson Elaine Seibert Jackson on Oct 28, 2018

    Stop watering for a while. The rot is caused by over watering and should stop if you cut back on the water. The stems that are already rotting should be removed but the rest should be alright. My Christmas Cactus is over 25 years old and still blooms when it wants to. I usually get a few blooms at Thanksgiving, more at Christmas and a final showing around Easter.

  • Tish Tish on Oct 29, 2018

    Thank you everyone