Growing Christmas Cactus

What causes Christmas and Thanksgiving cactus to sprout roots between leaf segments?

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November 14, 20170 found this helpful
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In their natural habitat, they grow on rocks and trees. Their aerial roots help the plant cling to its host. These roots help the plant reach for water and sunlight.

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November 19, 20170 found this helpful
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The aerial roots of the Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera) appear when the plant is already a few years old. It is the signal that the root system of the plant is too old or failing because the roots may be dried or rotten. It is time to start breaking some of this segments with their aerial roots and to plant them in a new pot. The next step is usually that the leaves will become soft. In any case, do not water, do not fertilize, it is just that the plant is not getting enough "food" from its own roots and if the roots are already dried or are dying, they will not be able to transmit the water or the nutrients to the plant, they will rot and could rot the base of the plant.

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November 13, 20170 found this helpful

The natural habitat is rocks. These roots are called aerial roots and help the plant cling to the rock.

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There is no cause for concern.

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November 19, 20170 found this helpful

You can cut off several and put them on top of soil and they will root for a new Christmas catus!

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