Forum home Plants

Can I re-generate Cactus?

I have a cactus which is about 20 years old. This month it has finally given up the ghost-dying at the base and splitting open. There is a small plant growing out of the side that looks green and healthy. If I cut it off and plant in some gritty compost will it grow? Thanks for any advice.

Posts

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,360

    I haven't done it for years, but what I used to do way back in my teens was to snap the baby cactus off the main plant by pushing it downwards until it snapped off - then leave it on the dry surface of the pot for a couple of days until the wound had calloused over, then pot it in a very gritty compost - you can buy specialist cactus compost from most garden centres. 

    Good luck image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,360

    Oh ... make a pad of folded newspaper for holding/handling the cactus if it's spiny image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Sue,the top of your cactus stem may also be still healthy and able to re-generate.

    If this is still the case,try cutting small sections of stem from bottom to top.If you

    can find healthy tissue,the top section should re-root,then you'll have another plant.

    Allow the cut surface to callous-skin over,for several days before planting.

  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    Sue, if I can add to what's already been said. To speed up the callusing process, spray the wound with cold water. Two or three times a day.

    Plant into your compost, don't water it. For quite  a few weeks. Slightest hint that it feel's spongey , water it. Place it on a semi shaded windowsill.

  • Thank you to everyone for the helpful advice. I would have had no idea about the callousing process.

Sign In or Register to comment.