Cacti are extremely easy to grow from cuttings despite what people believe. Here below are a few simple steps to follow:
When taking a cutting from the mother or host cactus be sure to make a clean straight cut. We recommend using a knife for smaller cacti and a saw for larger woodier cacti. The best time of the year to grow a cutting would be during the natural growing season, during the warmer temperatures.
The next step in the process is to take the cutting and place the cutting in a cool dry area, out of direct sunlight. This process could take several days, you want to wait until you notice a callus forming. The cutting should remain erect or can be rotated regularly during the drying process to insure roots will grow from bottom and not sides
After the cutting has formed callus its is ready for planting. When planting cacti cuttings be sure to use well- drained soil. We advise using gravel or perlite as a soil additive to insure proper drainage. Plant the cutting just deep enough in the soil so that the cutting can stand erect. For pads and other crawling cacti take the cutting or pad place it directly on top of loose soil.
When watering your new cactus cutting, be sure not to over water. The most common mistake is over watering, and rot occurs. The cutting will not require water unless soil is 100% dry from previous watering. Check the specimen for roots every two weeks by gently moving the plant in the soil. If there is a strong resistance, then the cutting is rooted. If the cutting appears to be putting on new growth, that too is an indicator the cutting rooted. Now go out and try to re-propagate some new cacti cuttings!