I’m getting ready for a move, and I’m taking my cacti with me.
After attending the Cacti and Succulents Workshop at the Springs Preserve, I decided to take clippings of my cacti. My goal is to get the clippings started in pots so I can replant them in my new backyard.
Here’s how it’s going so far.
- The first step was slicing off pieces of cactus. One of my cactus had actually broken, and a big chunk was on the ground. I grabbed that chunk of cactus with tongs and cut it into a couple of pieces with a knife. For the other cacti, I found inconspicuous sections to slice off clippings.
2. The weirdest part is that you don’t plant or water the clippings right away. Instead, I found a shady spot to leave the clippings so that the cut ends could callous. I left them there for little over a week.
3. I collected empty pots from around the garage and filled them with a cactus potting mix that I picked up at Lowes. Drainage is important. I made sure all the pots had holes on the bottom and were raised off the ground a bit.
4. I planted the clippings, calloused sides in the soil. I didn’t plant them very deep, so some of them needed small sticks to gently brace them up.
5. The cacti are now hanging out in a sunny spot. If all goes well, they will be a heartfelt addition to the desert landscaping at my new home.