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My friend who was 82 years old just died and she has 2- 5 foot tall Jesus in the manger plants.her son gave me a clipping of the plant. I would like to know how to root it.she has had these plants for 28 years. Thank you so much for your expertise.    Mary

Hi Mary,

Jesus or Christ or Baby in the Manger and Night-blooming Cereus are common names for an Epiphyllum species. It is noted for its spectacular, large flowers with wonderful aroma. Individual flowers open and close all within the course of a single night.

Leaf cuttings should be inserted upright about an inch deep into a small terra cotta pot filled with a porous potted mix that drains easily. Keep it in a warm, sunny location and water lightly as soon as the surface of the potting mix gets dry. Be patient as it will take a month or more for roots to emerge and many more months for the roots to fill the pot. It will then take several years or more of maturity before it will be ready to flower. Keep it tightly potted and resist all urges to hasten the process by repotting or over fertilizing.

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