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Question: Broken cactus

Hi, last night my husband did not notice that by closing the shutter he completely broke an arm of our cactus, now he is dangling them ... How can I fix it?


Answer: Broken cactus

Dear Francesca,

cacti are plants that have adapted to live even in conditions where other plants do not survive; for this reason, they are also able to survive damage caused by animals, which tear off shreds to suck water, or insects, which ruin entire branches; in addition to this, they can also develop through asexual means, simply by placing vegetative apices near the ground. So in addition to the fact that your plant will not suffer irreparably, the broken part can be planted, so as to produce a new plant. First of all I doubt that your husband has had the surgical precision will break the branch right where it fits the main stem; therefore it is advisable for you to remove the stump, which would be decidedly very unsightly: with a sharp and clean knife remove the part of the branch that is still attached, making a clean and clean cut; within a few days the wound should dry out, but if the detached branch has a considerable diameter, then perhaps it would be better to cover the wound of the stem with pruning putty, or spray it with fungicide, to prevent the development of parasites. The cut branch can instead be planted, but first let the breaking point dry; if even here, your husband produced an oblique base cutting, first of all trim it, always with a knife, and leave the branch leaning against a sheet of newspaper in a sunny place for a few days, so that the base of the cut dries. Prepare a pot, with a good porous and soft soil, mixed with sand or pumice stone and very well drained, and place the "pruned" branch on it; after a few days water and place the pot in a sunny place, in the garden or on the terrace; within a few weeks it should produce beautiful roots and start vegetating again. If you allow me some advice, move the cactus from where it is, because the proximity to a window will cause other involuntary prunings over time; put it in an area where you don't risk the guillotine every time you open or close a home window. Your plant now has one branch less, and therefore it will surely try to replace its vegetation, producing new shoots: a good fertilizer for succulent plants, every 15 days approximately, is certainly welcome on this occasion.

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