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Offline sprac

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Rooting cuttings..
« on: November 11, 2015, 08:28:30 AM »
So, it seems many ppl have many takes on this.

What factors play in here? My intuition tellsme a fresh cutting will be easier to put off roots.. If you have an older cutting would it be better to cut of the bottom and have a fresh callous?  there would be less of a dry layer...

It also seems actively growing tips will keep growing when cut. I have a bridge tip that is healed over, about 6 inches tall, and I have it stuck in the sand in my bay windows... Im thinking watering near it but not right on it would be good....

how do you take care of cuttings ?

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Re: Rooting cuttings..
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2015, 03:14:15 PM »
cactus can dry out forever when cut (almost) and be fine.
ive had cactus up to a yr just drying and then rooted just fine.

the key here is to not fear dryness when cutting or transplanting.

id suggest, cut ,dry at least a month,
then repot and wait 2 months to water.

then water very sparing till your confident of a good re root........maybe 3-6 months

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Re: Rooting cuttings..
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2015, 08:08:41 PM »
Thanks anne..

Yeah, I've had a cutting, pretty sure it was monstrose but  my heads still cloudy, that dried up before it could root. was prettty small of course.

I'm wondering what makes them actually root. I feel like nothing makes em; they decide to. How do they know theyre in soil?


So, when planting a cutting would it be sensible to water a little bit away from the cactus? So the water doesnt go near the base but theres some moisture in the pot...

I have a bunch of seeds I need to sow, going to try to get around to that tonight.

The last time I planted lophs they died; some of them started growing but died. Im thinking maybe the sand was to fine ? they were in with bridgessiis which are still growing fine..

Ppl say to use river sand, desert sand, but all i got is the beach and all the stores have is play sand which is pretty fine...

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Re: Rooting cuttings..
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2017, 01:54:04 PM »
Very small cuttings often will dry out quicker than a larger specimen. Take an albino seedling for instance. They will often die very rapidly within a few weeks from germination. Bottom line is the smaller the seedling or cutting  one wants to root the more precautions one must take. Increasing the humidity is one way to help very small cuttings or seedlings survive. The downside to that is that you can get them used to the humidity and they can dry out even faster if you take away that humidity too fast. Dipping your cuttings into a sulfur dust works wonders to help prevent rot while trying to root if the humidity is too high. Of course you can always take your small cuttings and graft them to something  a bit larger or stronger./Users/EricKnight1/Desktop/Staph/todaysgrafts/altright/pinky.jpg
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