Growing Cactus from Cuttings: Gardening Advice

Growing cactus from cuttings is a great way to have an instant garden. It’s also cheaper than buying new plants and it’s easy too! In this blog post, we’ll share tips on how to grow cactus from cuttings at home.

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Know Your Cacti Species and Its Best Form of Propagation

There are many different types of cacti, and they can be propagated in a variety of ways. Some species grow from seed or by grafting onto another plant’s root system; others will only propagate via cuttings taken off the mother plants’ stem tips (known as “pads”).

The type you choose to use for your propagation depends on what kind is best suited toward that particular method: some prefer soil while others thrive better when grown hydroponically with water instead!

It also matters whether it needs full sun exposure versus partial shade–you’ll want one set up accordingly if not both depending upon where each individual cutting would like planted once rooted successfully.

Growing Cactus from Cuttings

The best time to take cuttings is in the spring when cacti are starting their growth cycle again after winter dormancy and before they flower for summer blooms (usually around April).

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The next step, once you have a cutting taken from your plant of choice- be it an organ pipe or hedgehog variety – is to allow the bottom of the cutting to dry out for a few days before planting it in soil.

How to Propagate Cactus Pads

Pad cactus, like the prickly pear, is a type of cactus that grows in clusters. They’re typically green or brown and can be found on the ground, hanging from rocks (or other plants), sticking out between stones – basically, anywhere they have room to take root!

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Cactus pads are the easiest to propagate. Just do the following:

  1. Find a cactus pad that you want to propagate.
  2. Cut the pad into pieces, making sure each piece has at least one eye or growing point.
  3. Place the pieces in a pot filled with soil and water them until they are well-watered.
  4. Put your newly propagated cacti in bright light but not direct sunlight

Cacti pads will start growing roots if left unattended for several days so it’s best not leave them where you find one unless your goal is just getting some new cuttings started.

How to Plant Cactus Cuttings from Columnar Cactus

Columnar cacti are cacti that grow in a column shape. They are usually tall and narrow, with few branches or spines on them.

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Columnar cactus cuttings can be propagated by doing the following:

  1. Find an area of your plant where it is growing new shoots from its stem (this will typically happen near joints).
  2. Cut the cutting from a columnar cactus at least 4 inches long.
  3. Remove all but two of the leaves on the top and bottom of the cutting, leaving one leaf on each end.
  4. Place in potting soil that has been moistened with water until saturated.
  5. Keep cuttings in bright light and out of direct sunlight for 3-6 weeks to promote rooting.

How to Propagate Barrel Cactus

Barrel cactus is a type of cactus that is barrel-shaped.

The plant has a thick, fleshy body and can grow up to 12 feet tall with an average diameter at the base between 18 inches and 36 inces wide (45 cm). The stem will have one or more ribs on it which are called “ribs.”

Barrel cactus propagation is best done in the springtime. To propagate barrel cactus, follow the steps below:

  1. Remove the top of a barrel cactus and cut off any spines or sharp edges with a knife.
  2. Fill a pot with soil that drains well, such as potting mix for cacti.
  3. Place the bottom end of the barrel cactus into the soil so that it sits upright, then fill in around it to cover up to about 2 inches from its base.
  4. Water regularly.

Tips on Successfully Rooting Cactus Cuttings

After planting the cuttings of your cactus, you want to make sure they will take root.

To do that, keep the soil moist but not wet, and make sure there is good airflow around the roots.

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If your plant starts to wilt or yellow, you may need more sunlight.

Once roots have formed, you can transplant the cuttings to their individual pots or garden bed.

Frequently asked questions

How to root a broken piece of cactus?

You can use the same process as with propagating a cactus cutting, but you may need more time for it. The first step is finding out whether your plant has been damaged or not by checking if there are signs like yellowing and wilting.

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If the broken piece of cactus is still healthy, you can root it by following the steps below:

  1. Find a pot that is about the same size as the broken piece of cactus.
  2. Put some soil in the bottom of the pot and set the broken piece on top.
  3. Add water to moisten, but not soak, all of the soil.
  4. Place it in a sunny spot with good air circulation.

Should I water the cutting immediately after planting?

Yes, you can water the cutting immediately after planting, but only if the cutting has calloused over.

If it is too wet or dry in your environment and there are no signs of wilting, then water as needed to keep moist (but not soggy) for about two weeks after planting the cactus cuttings. Do this until they have rooted well enough that their roots can go down into moisture on their own without being watered every day by hand (or with an automated system).

Can you cut off a piece of cactus and plant it?

Yes, you can cut off a piece of cactus and plant it. You will need to use a sharp knife or scissors to do this.

The best time to do this is in the spring or summer when they are actively growing so that their roots will have plenty enough room for growth before winter sets back into place again (in which case watering may be more difficult).

How long does it take a cactus cutting to root?

Cactus cuttings can take anywhere from one to six weeks, or even longer to root.

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The time it takes for a cactus cutting to root will depend on the type of plant and how well you care for your cuttings during this process; some plants can root in as little as two days while others may need up to 12 months before they are ready!


Cacti are slow-growing plants so don’t expect them to grow too quickly from cuttings–it can take up to two years until they start producing flowers if you’re lucky enough! But once established these hardy desert dwellers will last many decades without much care at all.