Easter cactus help please

prayerrock(zone 5)May 30, 2009

I got these easter cactus cuttings in a trade recently and they are shriveling up pretty bad and the buds have mostly dropped off. They seemed to be doing well when I first got them but they are not rooting well. I am afraid they will die. The leaves are now pretty thin and shrivelly.

Can some one help me please to know what to do to try to save these cuttings?

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rayne(z5 OH)

I'm not an expert, but when I happen to knock off some leaf segments, I just put them into some soil and wait. Yes, they will look awful, and start to shrivel. They should root fairly quickly, and when they do you'll know. The cuttings should re-plump. I read your other post, and that sucks. I have never traded here, but I do have LOTS of succulents. If these die on you, maybe I can try to replace them?

    Bookmark   June 2, 2009 at 1:32PM
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prayerrock(zone 5)

Thank you for responding to my post its good to know that they are looking as they should. So far now 1 white and 2 of the red have tiny roots starting to grow so I am getting more hopeful. I didt know they shriveled up so bad before they root. Thank you for your kindness.

Mary

    Bookmark   June 2, 2009 at 1:49PM
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avondale

You can easily save these cuttings if you follow these simple rules. First, moisten the bottom of the cutting. 2. Dip the bottom of the cutting in a rooting powder. 3. Allow cutting to sit for twenty-four hours so the bottom will callus. 4. Pot cutting in a cactus potting soil 5. Do not water cutting, however mist everyday for four weeks. After week four, water but allow to dry slightly between waterings. I've been following this procedure for over thirty years for my Easter, Christmas, and Orchid cactus. I haven't lost a cutting yet and I give many "new" plants to friends. I currently have twelve cuttings outside, in the shade that I started last week. I gow all of mine outside on a porch that receives filtered early morning sun. I hope this helps you. The only time my plants come inside are when temps go down to freezing, which thankfully isn't very often.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2009 at 5:59PM
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prayerrock(zone 5)

Thank you very much I will try this!

Mary

    Bookmark   June 2, 2009 at 9:06PM
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