Christmas Cactus – Planting New Seeds

Q: My Christmas cactus has a seed pod on it. Should break it open and plant the seeds or should I just let nature take its course?

A: One source says to wait until the pod is mature (bright pink). Snip the narrow end, squeeze pulp into a little sand in your palm, and rub around to separate the dark seeds. Sprinkle onto moist mix of one part perlite to three parts peat in small pots. Keep shaded and moist. Seeds germinate in about a week.