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Growing Cacti and Succulents: Pruning, Propagation, and much more

Want to learn how to care for your cacti and Succulents? This article will show you step-by-step how to fertilize, prune, propagate, and harvest cacti safely. You’ll be amazed at how simple it is to take down a cactus, cut and root cuttings, and even use the cuttings to start a new plant! Whether you’re a cactus enthusiast or just starting out, this article will give you the knowledge you need to succeed. Read on for more!

Propagating Cactus Cuttings in the Winter

If you’re looking for a way to propagate your cacti, stem cuttings are one of the easiest and most common methods. This method involves taking a cutting from an existing plant and allowing it to dry out and form a callous over the cut end. After this process is complete, the cutting can be planted in soil or sand and will eventually start rooting, forming a new plant.

However, if you’re looking to cut down an existing cactus, pruners can be used for removing leaves that snap off easily. For larger jobs like cutting back a columnar specimen, a saw should be used to remove the main trunk at the point where you would like to see branching or at the desired height of the plant. It’s important to try and remove stems at a growth point when possible.

When it comes to planting cactus cuttings, you can skip the pot altogether and put them straight into the ground. This is a much simpler process than waiting for the cutting to dry out and form a callous, then transferring it into a pot before planting in the ground. Planting cactus cuttings directly in soil allows for quicker rooting and faster growth. It’s important to make sure that the soil is well-draining and contains plenty of organic matter so that your new plant has an environment suitable for successful growth.

Although it is possible to root cactus cuttings in water, it’s not a very common practice since they do so well in soil.

Additionally, contrary to popular belief, you cannot get a drink of water from cutting open a cactus. In fact, drinking the liquid found inside can actually cause nausea and vomiting due to its high alkalinity.

Believe it or not, you can propagate cacti even in the winter months. This is almost as easy to do as during the summertime, and I’m going to show you how! Keep reading to find out my step-by-step guide for propagating cactus during the colder months.

Propagating, Eating, and Repairing Cacti

Can a cactus survive being cut in half? Surprisingly, the answer is yes! The stump should be able to grow and branch if the cutting heals. In order for it to heal properly, it’s important to allow a cactus cutting to develop a callus before trying to root it. This process involves drying out and hardening where the stem was cut so that it won’t rot when you plant it.

Most of the material you remove from a cactus is usable, except for dead leaves and stems. If pads are laid on top of soil, they will grow into a new plant of the same species. Cut stems and trunks should be allowed to callus for several days before planting them in order to increase their chances of survival.

Stem or leaf cuttings can be used to grow most cacti and succulents. It is important that you remove whole segments from the stems of cacti that have segmented stems (such as prickly pears and Christmas cacti), rather than splitting segments in half when cutting them.

However, it is important to note that taking down a cactus, such as Arizona’s famous saguaro, is a crime punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a significant fine. Even if the saguaro is on private property, a permit is required to cut it down.

When it comes to the edible part of cacti, cactus meat has a consistency similar to that of a sticky cucumber. The central core should be avoided since it is stringy, but the fleshy parts can be eaten.

If you want to expand your cacti collection, it is important to know that propagating cacti in late Spring or Summer is the best time to do it, no matter what method you choose.

Before The Flattening, the block ID of a cactus was 81. If you want to break it quickly, make sure that there is either water or lava underneath it.

When it comes to repairing a damaged cactus, the process can be more complicated. If your cactus is damaged outside of the growing season, it will take more time to heal than if it is damaged during the growing season. It takes time for a damaged cactus to heal and form its protective spines again.

Enjoy Cactus Pears Safely and Responsibly

When it comes to eating cactus pears, there are certain steps you should take to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Prickly pears can be peeled by cutting off the ends and then cutting through the skin just to the flesh. Once you have done this, put your finger under the skin and peel it off. You can then scoop out the juicy flesh with a spoon if you cut it in half. If you prefer, they can also be diced or sliced into smaller pieces for easier eating. It’s important to note that although cactus pear fruit is edible, drinking liquid found inside of them is not recommended as it could cause nausea or vomiting due to its high alkalinity levels. Additionally, when harvesting cacti for food purposes, make sure that no more than 25% of any given plant is removed at one time in order to prevent damaging or killing them!

In some cultures, the fruit of the cactus plant, which is sometimes called a “Prickly Pear”, is very sweet and can be eaten raw, right from the plant. This is an easy way to enjoy this unique fruit without having to go through the process of peeling it first. Before biting into a Prickly Pear straight off a cactus, make sure you have removed all spines and thorns with tweezers or gloves as they can cause irritation if left on.

Propagating Cactus from Cuttings

If you are looking to propagate a cactus, taking a cutting is one of the easiest and most common methods. To begin this process, take a candle, side stem, or pad from the cactus and dip it in rooting hormone before nestling it in perlite. Perlite is a good choice for cacti since it drains faster than other growing mediums and can help keep seedlings healthy. With some care and patience, your cutting should root within a few weeks.

Once the cutting is planted, it is important to water it immediately. After that, you should wait for the soil to dry completely before watering again. During winter, this may mean only watering once until spring arrives. It is also important to make sure your cactus receives a bright spot but not direct sunlight. Depending on the season, cuttings can take up to four months in winter or just 24 hours in summer.

Can cactus grow in just water? The answer is yes, but the technique is a bit different than with other plants. To successfully grow cacti in water, you must wait for at least a week or more for the cut side to be completely dry and scarred before proceeding to the next steps.

Separating Pups from Mother Plants

Separating pups from their mother plant can be a daunting task, but it is possible. A pup is any baby cactus or succulent that grows either attached directly to the stem or as an offset. When they are attached directly to the stem, a sharp and sterilized knife should be used to separate them from the mother plant. It’s important to allow the pup time to heal for several days in a warm environment without direct sunlight before replanting it elsewhere. This process of separating pups from their mother plant can help propagate new plants more quickly and easily than other methods such as stem cuttings or leaf cuttings since you don’t have wait for them to dry out and form a callous before planting them in soil or sand. Additionally, if you have multiple pups on one cactus, this method allows you to keep them all together so that they will grow into one large specimen rather than having multiple smaller ones scattered around your garden or home.

Cautious Cactus Cutting – Safety Tips for Handling Cacti

Unfortunately, this process of cutting cacti does come with a few risks. It is important to be aware that if a cactus spine is not completely removed, it can cause inflammation, infection, toxin mediated reactions, allergic reactions and even granuloma formation in some cases. To avoid these risks and ensure your safety when handling cacti or their cuttings, make sure you wear protective clothing such as gloves and long sleeves while harvesting them. Additionally, it’s best to use tweezers or other tools to remove any remaining spines or thorns after you have cut off the pieces you need for propagation.

Fortunately, cacti can regrow their spines in most cases. The areoles, which are the small bumps on the surface of a cactus plant where spines may grow, can produce new spines if there is continued growth on a healthy plant. This means you don’t have to worry about permanently damaging your cactus when harvesting cuttings for propagation or other purposes.

The best time to cut back your cactus is in late spring or fall, when the weather is still warm and dry but not unbearably hot. It’s important to make sure you have the right tools for this job, such as pruners, loppers and saws. Make sure these tools are clean and sharp for the best results.


Cacti and Succulents are wonderful additions to any garden. With the proper care and attention, cacti can be propagated and grown for years. Whether you choose to use stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, or water propagation, it’s important to use clean and sharp tools, and to follow the proper steps for the time of year. As long as you follow the proper steps and take the necessary precautions, you can enjoy cactus gardening for years to come.