Christmas Cactus Plants

Can a Christmas Cactus Be Split in Half?


Pamdale added on March 14, 2015 | Answered

I was elected to keep my father-in-law's cactus alive. It is 100 years old. I did re-pot it once and it got so big. I was wondering if I could split it in half and re-pot both?

Pam


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shelley
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Answered on March 14, 2015

A christmas cactus isn't usually divided at the roots. The size of a christmas cactus is typically kept in check via pruning. You can remove up to one-third of the plant per year by pruning - give the stems a quick twist between one of the segments or use a sharp knife/scissors to remove segments.

For more information on pruning christmas cacti, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/christmas-cactus/christmas-cactus-pruning.htm

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