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How Do Cactus Cuttings Re-Root Themselves? - Varnish + Vine

How Do Cactus Cuttings Re-Root Themselves?

In search of a low-maintenance household plant with a visually appealing appearance? Consider choosing a cactus. Cacti are known for their durability and longevity, making them ideal for novice gardeners. These plants are easy to care for and can elevate the aesthetic of any indoor space.

Upon acquiring a singular cactus, you can propagate it through cuttings, eliminating the need to purchase additional ones. But what is the process of taking cuttings from a cactus, and how do these cuttings establish new roots?

In this article, we will explain how to take cuttings from your cactus and how they re-root themselves so that you can grow more cacti from your mother cactus.

How To Take Cuttings From Your Cactus?

Most species of cacti, and other succulents for that matter, can be propagated easily by taking a cutting from the stem or a leaf. The process is really quite easy. For cacti with stems that form different segments, such as the Monstrose Cactus, Peruvian Apple Cactus, or San Pedro Cactus cutting a whole segment will work best.

Cacti forming clumps need proper cutting for new roots. Avoid splitting segments or clumps in half to ensure segment survival. Each segment can grow into a new cactus, so cut wisely. When cutting cacti to form new roots, it is essential to use clean, sharp tools to prevent damage.

How Do Cactus Cuttings Re-Root Themselves?

For optimal results, it's recommended to take your cactus cuttings in late spring or early summer. Simply remove one segment or clump at a 45-degree angle, ensuring to eliminate any off-shoots. Applying a rooting compound to the ends can aid in stimulating new growth.

Allow the cutting to rest for a week or so until a callus forms, then plant it in a pot filled with growing medium or cactus soil. Ensure the cactus is buried one-third of the way, with two-thirds above the soil, and place it in a sunny spot. Water the cutting to aid root development.

That's pretty much it; after a couple of weeks, you should notice that your cutting is growing and has become a whole new cactus.


Cacti make great indoor house plants, thanks to their hardiness and ability to thrive with minimal maintenance. There is really no need to buy more than one cactus of each species because it’s easy to take cuttings and propagate new cacti from your mother plant. By following the tips and tricks outlined in this article, you'll be able to duplicate your favorite cactus so that you'll have as many as you want without needing to buy a ton of different succulents.


Kelsey Hanke

Hi! I bought a 4’ cactus cutting and have had trouble getting it to root. I put rooting compound on it and placed it in a mix of desert sand, pumice stone and cactus/succulent mix soil. I’ve tried to keep the soil slightly damp to promote root growth but haven’t had any. I pitted it 4/14. Any help would be appreciated!

Linda Hagemann

How does the mother Peruvian plant heal after taking the cutting? Is the mother plant permanently deformed on top? Does the top re-grow eventually or do you wait for an off-shoot? Thank-you for the article.

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