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Cutting Top Off Cactus
    #1663598 - 06/26/03 05:01 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

I have a small san pedro growing,  its about 7inches long and seems to be doing well,  my question is : if I cut off the very top off the cactus, not much, maybe half an inch or two,  (which according to my biologoy book is where the apical meristem is),  will this produce lateral bud break?  ie cause lil side shoots which i see on other cacti that are easy to transplant,  and if i can do this will it screw up my original cactus? From my limited knowledge thats how it works on normal plants but i dunno if cacti are special,  has ne one done this before?  it will also have the added advantage of increasing the alkaloid content :wink: 


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Re: Cutting Top Off Cactus [Re: Feelers]
    #1663663 - 06/26/03 05:37 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

To the best of my knowledge, cutting the tip off will form new arms, it will not screw it up (but why butcher your cactus now, just wait until you're ready to dose), and I'm not sure about the alkaloid content.


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Re: Cutting Top Off Cactus [Re: cdchriscd]
    #1663699 - 06/26/03 06:07 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

I would let it grow. At seven inches it is still an immature cactus.
You will get a better branching response from a bigger specimen. Under good growing conditions San Pedros take off very fast. Once your cactus is tall enough you should take of the top six inches and root that section. Leave the stump in the pot and wait for it to produce side shoots. You then have two cacti.

I'm afraid cutting the tip off does not increase the alkaloid content. There are methods of increasing the content by cutting back on light and water.

Good luck
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Re: Cutting Top Off Cactus [Re: Feelers]
    #1665920 - 06/27/03 12:15 AM (14 years, 30 days ago)

With a cactus you don't have to butcher it to get it form lateral branches. Use a heavy object on the top of the cactus, like a few quarters or a drinking glass. It'll force pups.


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Re: Cutting Top Off Cactus [Re: neuro]
    #1666068 - 06/27/03 01:35 AM (14 years, 30 days ago)

How long might it take to get it to branch lateral , if you do the quarter or cup method? Would the cup have to be Non-seethrough..? i was thing one could take a NIce sized cactus.. Force branches and then when the branches get bigger you could graft onto each arm..
Also while doing a search i found a site ( Dont remember where ) That showed a way to graft many little cacti onto one big cacti.. making platform cuts down the side of the cactus... Any ideas anybody?


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Re: Cutting Top Off Cactus [Re: jojoba]
    #1667181 - 06/27/03 01:32 PM (14 years, 30 days ago)

I get a lot of offshoots from my San Pedro cactus when I fertilize it. I especally get a lot of pupping when I use miracle grow throughout the growing season, stopping in September, before the end of the growing season.The cactus grow faster the larger they are and you would probably get the best return by not cutting it.


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Re: Cutting Top Off Cactus [Re: jojoba]
    #1674813 - 06/30/03 08:28 PM (14 years, 26 days ago)

I believe it takes about the same amount of time as it would if you were to cut off the top. The cup should be clear otherwise you might as well just top the cactus. Putting a "non-see-thru" cup would kill the top and you'd have to cut it off.


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