The Q&A Archives: replanting

Question: My cacti and succulents are getting too big. When I re-pot them, will they root again if I break off parts and plant them?

Example: I have a barrel type of cactus with buds half as large as the mother plant. Can I break these off and plant them? I also have tall cactus(?) with succulent type of leave. The plant is now 4 ft. tall and falling over. Can I break it in half and replant the parts?

Answer: You can safely divide your cacti or succulents if you carefully separate the offshoots from the parent plants. It works best if the pups have roots of their own so carefully twist or pry the pups from the parent, including any roots the little plants have. Succulents can generally be rooted from a single leaf. Pull the leaves (don't cut them) from the plant and set them in cactus potting mix. They should develop roots within 30 days.

Best wishes with your plants!

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