I like to see them root in water because I can see the progress and find it entertaining, but there are so many plants that you can just stick into dirt and they grow fine. I would think water would be faster, but since it is a cactus, I wasn't really sure because they don't really like a lot of water. So will just be silly fun.
I'm nursing another Christmas cactus back to health at work. It took about 1.5 months for me to get the pharmacist's plant back to health, but it went from about dead to looking fabulous. So my co-worker's daughter has one that was her husband's grandmother's, I think she said. So it's been around over 30 years and it is very close to dying. I'm thinking this might take me 2 months and a watchful eye. I said I would take some cuttings either way, so she doesn't lose the whole plant if it decides to die. They can go into shock and the stems will just drop off. So have to be very careful. I re-potted it, but she chose a pot without drainage and I explained that wasn't the best choice, but she thought it was the prettier pot which is fine, but poses another threat to my effort. They like to be pot bound, but new soil was a good idea.
I sort of laughed because the owner at the shop mentioned only watering them once a month. To each their own. But since I'm caring for it, I just make sure it dries out completely before the next watering. That isn't a month. It's about a week. It's in the greenhouse which is very hot and humid. There's plenty of natural light and it will need watering more than once a month and the owner also has one there that's her daughter's and it has been there for months and it's not looking much better than the day it was brought in, so there ya go.
When I was a kid, my mom had me in charge of all of her plants. I learned through trial and error on a huge variety of plants and all plants are different depending on a variety of conditions. You can't just blankly think ALL of one type of plant need the same watering plan. LOL
My dream is to get a big jade (crassula) plant one day. I see them for sale online sometimes and really would love one.
Like this sorta:
I can get one through the plant wholesaler at work, but they rarely have any large ones or the right variety and I really want a big one.
I'm not a fan of Florida, but sure do miss visiting my grandparents because of their plants (of course because of them, too LOL). They could grow so much there year round and I just loved seeing everything. They had such a lovely lanai filled with plants.