Q. My Christmas cactus is not growing after propagating. What should I do?

Hello, back in February/March I propagated my christmas cactus after it had finished flowering. The cuttings were planted in a small pot with soil catering to cacti. Since then, the main plant continues to grow new leaves, but the cuttings have not had any new growth. I water per normal, and though they grew aerial roots, that is the extent of it. They are not wilting in the least; I assume they are still alive. Are they in a rest period after propagating? Should I be doing anything else? Thank you.


Schlumbergera bridgesii - Christmas cactus propagation technique is below:

Not sure what's happening without seeing your plant. How large are the cuttings?

How to propagate:

Take 3" to 4" stem cuttings in spring or summer. Remove the cuttings from the tips down and allow them to harden off for a few days. Dip the hardened-off cuttings into rooting hormone and plant into a moistened, light, soil mix. After cuttings develop 1" to 2" roots, pot them individually into 3" pots.

More help on the total cultural growing requirements below:


Courtesy of the NYBG Plant Information Service



  • Last Updated Jul 19, 2018
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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  1. I'm having a similar problem. I bought cuttings about a year ago, planted them, they grew healthy looking roots, but there has been no new growth. At all. They look healthy, but nothing's happening. The other Schlumbergera I have are doing fine, so I don't understand the problem. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!
    by meekmok on Jul 19, 2017.
  2. Just wait. I propagated my first cutting in the Autumn. For weeks the cutting looked dried out but I just left it and kept it moist (but not soggy) and suddenly one day it plumped right up. It is now the end of February and I'm only just now seeing little babies on the cutting up further where the two segments join. So I think some of them just want to take their time and have a little nap before growing. I have a second cutting from another plant (freebie from the garden centre because it had fallen off) and it is sitting,shriveled like the other was, but I'm just being patient.
    by Janna on Feb 20, 2019.

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