Planting A San Pedro Trichocereus Cactus Cutting
The Sand Pedro Trichocereus Cactus is an upright or columnar succulent that can successfully be grown from a cutting. This process is also called rooting and is used to propagate most cactus species. The most significant feature of this cactus are the stunning, fragrant flowers that it produces.
You can buy quality cuttings online to be delivered directly to your door. There are, however, a few steps that you need to take in order for the cactus planting & propagation process to be successful.
Step 1 – Wear Gloves
Cacti have spines and prickly bits so in order not to be harmed, I recommended you wear a thick pair of gardening gloves when handling the cutting.
Step 2 – Check Your Cutting
Make sure that the end of the cutting you have received has been dried out to stop the sap from leaking out. It is also best to ensure that the cutting is fresh. Don’t expect it to be in perfect condition – it may have some scars and blemishes but this will not affect the success of the propagation.
Step 3 – Check Your Soil
Your soil needs to drain well and be porous. Adding sand or gravel should give you the right consistency. Alternatively, check with your online cutting supplier or local nursery if they can provide you with the ideal soil for your cutting. Soil should be slightly moist but never wet.
Step 4 – Choose Your Pot
A medium to large size plant pot with drainage holes should suffice. Fill the pot with your soil, leaving a few inches of space at the top. Insert the cutting gently into the plant pot by pushing the dehydrated end into the soil. For tall or heavy cuttings, support with a stick so that it remains upright.
Step 5 – Finding The Right Spot
A dry, shady area, with minimum direct sunlight is ideal for the San Pedro Cactus to start taking root. Normally, it will take 3-4 weeks for the roots to begin taking hold. Gently pull on the cutting – if it comes loose, replace it and wait a few more weeks after checking if rot or other problems are preventing roots from growing.
Step 6 – Watering
I do not recommended you water the cutting until a root system is in place. Use a watering can to gently wet the soil, ensuring that it is draining well. Allow the soil to dry out entirely before the next watering. Keep in mind that wet soil is the enemy of cacti. However, your San Pedro Trichocereus Cactus will require water to survive and flourish. If you notice a lack of growth, rot or a lack of flowers, you are probably over-watering it.
I recommended you then move the cactus to a sunny area once the root system is thriving. Cacti love hot, dry and sunny conditions however, direct sunlight for an entire day may cause sunburn. I recommend you introduce your potted Trichocereus Cactus from shade to sunlight slowly to allow it to adapt.
Please contact me if you have any questions or need more help with this. I’d love to help you get started.