Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Opinions On Using Root Hormone for Cuttings

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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jul 5, 2017 6:57 PM CST
Hello all!

I recently acquired a large prickly pear arm from a very old prickly pear at our local botanical gardens. The greenhouse lady knew how much I loved cacti so she saved one of the fallen arms from me!

I am about to plant the cutting, but I was wondering if you recommend using root hormone? I know some people suggest it in some situations.

Thanks! (:
Name: Chad
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Jul 5, 2017 7:04 PM CST
I'm wondering what the business is with this, I applied some to a thimble cactus I cut and it turned red..??
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 5, 2017 7:40 PM CST
I don't use rooting hormone on cactus and succulents. Its seems to burn them up and they root very easily without it.

Your Prickly Pear pad will root easily and quickly if you put it in a pot of fast draining cactus soil that is barely moist. Then ignore it until you see new growth.

Place it so the end that was attached to the plant and one edge are in good contact with the soil. Or, plant it so the leaf end and about a quarter of the pad are under the soil.

Like this:

https://www.google.com/search?...:
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mcvansoest
Jul 5, 2017 9:58 PM CST
The opinions on using rooting hormones are varied. Here is a link to an informative discussion:

http://www.agaveville.org/view...

I rarely use them, but have successfully used them for cacti, aloes, and agaves. Most of the time plants will do just fine without them, but as you can see from the linked to discussion it can certainly speed up the rooting process.

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Baja_Costero
Jul 5, 2017 11:06 PM CST

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Rooting hormone confers mostly psychological benefits when used with succulent cuttings. I noticed no change in the results when I stopped using it. In most cases it's totally unnecessary.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jul 5, 2017 11:39 PM CST
I used to use it, but ran out, and never noticed any difference.
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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jul 6, 2017 9:56 AM CST
Perfect thank you so much everyone!

Daisy, your link was very helpful thank you!!

I will keep you updated. (:
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purpleinopp
Jul 6, 2017 11:43 AM CST
I don't own any of that stuff & my yard is full of propagated succulents "as annuals" while it's warm out.
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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jul 6, 2017 6:26 PM CST
Some pics! Smiling Crossing Fingers!
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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jul 27, 2017 5:34 PM CST
And we have some growth!!!
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