How to Grow a Cactus From Its Leaf

Most cacti are easy to propagate.
Most cacti are easy to propagate. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Most varieties of cacti respond well to vegetable propagation. In fact, if you break off part of the parent cactus and push it into potting compost, a new plant will grow within a few weeks. However, problems with rot may occur. Ensure success with your cactus through careful measures, especially if you don't have a large parent plant to experiment with.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Knife
  • Garden sulfur
  • Potting compost
  • Sand
  • Plant pot

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Put on gardening or work gloves, especially if the cactus is very spiny.

Cut a section off the parent cactus. The longer this section is, the better. Try to take a cutting at least 3 inches long, and cut where you see a natural joint.

Dip the end of the cutting in garden sulfur to help prevent rot. This is a natural substance suitable for organic gardeners.

Leave the cutting to dry for up to two weeks in a warm, dry place. When the cut end hardens, the cutting is ready to plant.

Fill a plant pot with a mixture of 50 percent potting compost and 50 percent sand. Press lightly down to firm. Don’t water this mixture; it should be relatively dry.

Push the cutting a couple of inches into the compost, and place the pot somewhere warm, such as on a windowsill.

Dampen the soil after four to seven days. Thereafter, water when the soil dries out nearly completely.


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