Christmas Cactus – Seed Pod

Q: My cactus is blooming now. My question is what is next for this fruit from last year? As you can see, the withered blossom is still attached.

Is it possible that there are viable seeds inside?

A: I’ve never seen a seed pod on Christmas cactus…neat!

Your intuition is correct: there are seeds are inside.

One source says:
“To harvest seed out of mature (bright pink) pods, snip the narrow end, squeeze puplp into a little sand in your palm, and rub around the separate seeds (seeds should be chocolate brown to black). Sprinkle onto moist soil mix (1 part perlite to 3 parts peat) in small pots. Keep shaded and moist. Seeds germinate in about a week.”

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