Propagating cacti is as easy as one, two, three.

  1. Remove a pad from an existing cactus. Heavy gloves are your friends. For Cholla, use tongs to grab a stalk.

2. Set cuttings out to dry until the fresh ends of the cut callus over, which is usually in a week or two.

3. Bury the edges halfway down into the ground or at least a few inches.

Water, watch and wait. You’ll have new baby cacti in a month or so!

Learn more by checking out these other useful articles:

Xeriscape not Zeroscape: Water conscious landscaping can be luscious and beautiful.

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Author: Jill Brown, ASLA, is a Landscape Architect and owner of My Landscape Coach in Albuquerque, NM.