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Cactus Cutting
    #8798827 - 08/20/08 12:33 AM (9 years, 10 months ago)

i wanna make sure i do this right,

cuz im a bit worried i messed up my previous cuttings, by not putting them in the soil far enough.

anyway, i have this cutting i just took today.


do i need to cut spines off to the depth in which i plan on planting, or just stick in in some soil...spines and all?

is there a correct name for "spines"?


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Re: Cactus Cutting [Re: just me]
    #8798872 - 08/20/08 12:44 AM (9 years, 10 months ago)

spines is correct. thorns is incorrect
  just let it heal and callous for a week or two. stand it up and make sure it is supported and airflow can get to the bottom and just leave it until you see rootbuds on the bottom. dont put it in soil or you risk rot and mold.
  once you have roots then it can go in lightly moist soil. not too wet or it will rot.
  It will take 6 months or so for the cactus to develop a good rootsystem so water sparingly until then.
  there may be people that say stick it right into soil but I found its really not good doing that even if it is bone dry. you would have to keep pulling it up to check for roots and rot\mold anyways.
  I just lean my cuttings against a wall standing until they root.

  its foolproof that way

  nice cactus BTW :smile: I love columnar cacti with badass spines .... active or not.


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Re: Cactus Cutting [Re: cpw1971]
    #8799170 - 08/20/08 02:32 AM (9 years, 10 months ago)

yep cactus cutting for n00bs, don't bother planting them until they start to throw roots is best :thumbup:


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Re: Cactus Cutting [Re: Dr. uarewotueat]
    #8799201 - 08/20/08 02:47 AM (9 years, 10 months ago)

i wish id known this b4 all the other cuttings :frown:

oh well live and learn right.

so ur sayin itll start shootin roots b4 it even touches soil?

and this is the indicator to put in in some nearly dry soil?


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Re: Cactus Cutting [Re: just me]
    #8799543 - 08/20/08 05:39 AM (9 years, 10 months ago)

if the soil is bone dry and will remain bone dry then there is no problem with planting them as soon as they are well calloused...
however, i don't like doing this as it means that you will at some stage have to unpot and check for root development...
and if the cutting has thrown roots it is easy to break them off while unpotting to check...

so to get around this, i just leave them out of soil until roots start to pop...
generally i just stick them in a pot without soil and put them somewhere out of the way and forget about them for a few months...
then when they have popped some roots you can put them into moist (not wet) soil and be confident that the root system will be developing :thumbup:

like cpw said, you still have to be careful about how much water you give while the root system is developing, you don't want to be saturating the soil for a good few months...

i just think that cacti n00bs (and even experienced growers) find the temptation to give water too much, and they end up soaking the soil of a cutting that has little to no root system...
take the soil out of the equation and there should be no problems :yesnod:


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Re: Cactus Cutting [Re: Dr. uarewotueat]
    #8799558 - 08/20/08 05:48 AM (9 years, 10 months ago)

ok, i have REALLY nice cactus soil, but ill try this one air root style.

u both say u just leave it. standing up is best yeah?

and does this mean its ok for the cut to touch whatever it may be, the inside of a pot, newspaper, etc.?


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Re: Cactus Cutting [Re: just me]
    #8799575 - 08/20/08 05:56 AM (9 years, 10 months ago)

well you should leave it on its side until the cut end has got a half decent callous, you don't want shit stuck on the fresh tissue really...
when the end is dry stand it up in a pot or just lean it up against something...

it is important to orientate the cutting correctly...
if you leave it on its side it will throw roots from the side...
stand it in a pot upside down if you like, but gravity will make it throw roots from the tip... :lol:


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Re: Cactus Cutting [Re: Dr. uarewotueat]
    #8799595 - 08/20/08 06:09 AM (9 years, 10 months ago)

hahaha, that would be funky!!

but thats what i figured about the fresh cut, and gettin dirt in it.

anyway, thanks for the help again guys...

as always

aloha


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