Ask a Question forum: Seeking advice to salvage broken branches on Opuntia Subulata (Eve's pin/needle)

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Austin, TX
Aug 13, 2017 10:10 AM CST
Thru the wagging of her tail, our cat broke some younger upright branches on our Opuntia Subulata. Would it make the best sense to remove these branches from the trunk, and to let them callous-over before planting them in dirt?

Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Aug 13, 2017 1:53 PM CST
Yes, that would be good. But your cactus needs more light. If it's indoors, hours of daily sun. If you look at the stems, you can see they were fatter at the beginning compared to how they are now. That means your plant is stretching because it's looking for light.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Aug 13, 2017 3:27 PM CST
Or leave them were they are lying. They will root.

Not only does your plant need more light, but it may be on the verge of rotting. There should not be yellow on the stem of the O. subulata.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

Austin, TX
Aug 13, 2017 4:20 PM CST
Excellent insights! Thanks!!

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