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Cactus cuttings, How do I proceed?

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#1 SharkieJones



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Posted 14 March 2007 - 01:00 PM

My neighbor just cut down his cactus which was huge. Not sure what kind but he gave me some sections of it. How do i proceed to propagate these sections? Here's a couple of pics any advice would be helpful.

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#2 spacecake



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Posted 14 March 2007 - 02:29 PM

Let the bottom of the cacti dry out completely till it feels like cork.
Then put it in soil ,a depht of 1-2 inch is fine.
Water everytime the earth is dry,..the roots will appear after one or two weeks, depending on growing enviroment...

It's very simple !

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 02:32 PM

BTW, those look like Cereus Peruvianus or similar (non-edible, except maybe the fruits). You probably already knew that...

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 02:41 PM

It may take a week or longer for the cut ends to scab. You only need to bury them as deep as it takes to hold themselves up. I would not water until it has been in the pot for a couple of weeks. Watering an unrooted cactus can cause problems. Once you see new growth on top, which should be soon after its in the pot, water and feed. You can go organic, but miracle grow 20-20-20 cut down to quarter strength works great, and its pretty cheap. Very pretty cereus you have there.

#5 SharkieJones



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Posted 14 March 2007 - 04:48 PM

That cactus was over ten feet tall with many arms growing off it. It must have been really old.

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 05:09 PM

I like the pics here.....http://www.sanpedrom...cuttingcare.htm

They show very well the time progression of healing cuttings.

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 05:35 PM

Cactus Cutting Healing Process

These pictures are a basic time line of your cactus cutting healing process. Some times the process is faster and some times slower this is due to factors with storage temperature and the time of year they are cut. I have found that if you place your Cactus in a place that the temperature stays between 65 to 85 degrees with lot's of fresh air they will heal in about 4 to 5 weeks. I set them on a news paper on my potting bench in the shade out at my place. By no means try to dry your Cactus cutting with a heat gun or blow dryer, or try to stick the Cactus cutting next to a heater, heater vent or stove, these stupid tactic's will not speed up the healing process it will only kill your Cactus. These cacti want to grow and will even after a year of storage in the proper conditions, so don't panic if you get into your 6th or 7th week. This process is the same for all cactus cuttings.

Remember you will have to slowly introduce your cactus to full sun again other wise you will burn it!

Hope this has helped you if you have any other questions please feel free to contact me

good linkage llama!
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#8 joey_megabucks



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Posted 15 March 2007 - 07:32 PM

pretty cactus. cerus peruvianus, non active. otherwise known as "Apple Cactus" The active peruvianus is "Tricocerus Peruvianus." It is much meatier. However, growing cerus peruvianus is good practice. The above advice is good. Good luck sharkie :)

#9 SharkieJones



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Posted 16 March 2007 - 10:35 AM

Very nice info thanks.

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