Most varieties of cacti respond well to vegetable propagation. In fact, if you break off part of the parent cactus and push it into potting compost, a new plant will grow within a few weeks. However, problems with rot may occur. Ensure success with your cactus through careful measures, especially if you don't have a large parent plant to experiment with.
Put on gardening or work gloves, especially if the cactus is very spiny.
Cut a section off the parent cactus. The longer this section is, the better. Try to take a cutting at least 3 inches long, and cut where you see a natural joint.
Dip the end of the cutting in garden sulfur to help prevent rot. This is a natural substance suitable for organic gardeners.
Leave the cutting to dry for up to two weeks in a warm, dry place. When the cut end hardens, the cutting is ready to plant.
Fill a plant pot with a mixture of 50 percent potting compost and 50 percent sand. Press lightly down to firm. Don’t water this mixture; it should be relatively dry.
Push the cutting a couple of inches into the compost, and place the pot somewhere warm, such as on a windowsill.
Dampen the soil after four to seven days. Thereafter, water when the soil dries out nearly completely.
Things You Will Need
- Gardening gloves
- Garden sulfur
- Potting compost
- Plant pot