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How do I separate a Christmas Cactus that is root bound?
By Marcia S. from Spokane Valley, WA
Allow cactus to get slightly dry, remove from pot. Some Cactus plants have only one stem and cannot be divided. If that is the problem, place plant into a larger pot with enough potting soil to bring the soil to about 1/2 inch below the top of the pot.
Using fingers, sort of break the soil loose from the roots of the the plant, not too much, just to loosen the soil. Place new soil around the edges of pot and pack loosely to the top of the soil plant is setting in. Water really well and keep slightly moist for about 2 weeks. Then let soil dry slightly each time before watering again.
During the 3rd week, and some liquid fertilizer to water before watering. Add liquid fertilizer about 4 to 6 weeks apart.
If there are two plants in the planting pot, you can take your hands and work between the plants until you get them separated and using the same technique above they can be divided. You may use a knife to divide the roots of the 2 plants. This will cut some of the roots rather than pull the roots apart and breaking them in two.
I need to know how to replant a Christmas cactus that needs to be trimmed.
Hardiness Zone: 6a
By vicki from Conneaut
Hi Vicki, I grow epiphyllums (commonly called orchid cactus) and I think the care is the same as Christmas cactus. If you want to cut off some of the fronds, you can actually let them sit (out of the sun, but just laying on a table, etc.) for a few days until the cut end seals and plant them for a new plant.
How do I trim the length of a Christmas cactus to replant it in a larger container?