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Question: cactus reproduction

Hi! my cactus (I think it is a ferocactus - round with 14 ribs and yellow flowers on the upper part), threw small ones all over the body. I read that suckers grow at the base ... are these chicks for reproduction?

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Answer: cactus reproduction

Dear Isabella,

many cacti produce over time basal or lateral suckers; in general this occurs when plants are adults and are in good health; some species however tend to settle even when they are very young, and produce suckers at any stage of their development. These suckers are real miniature plants, except for the root system, which is obviously absent, as the seedlings exploit that of the mother plant. In nature, with the passage of time, or small plants tend to develop, giving rise to entire colonies of cactus, all stuck together; or because of the animals that pass near the plant, or for other natural causes, they detach themselves, and in contact with the ground they take root, also quite quickly. You therefore have at your disposal a good quantity of new small plants, identical to the mother plant. Now you can safely detach them from the mother plant, the operation is facilitated by the fact that the suckers generally do not have a great adhesion to the body of the plant that produced them, and tend not to produce large scars when detached, since they are connected to the plant mother by means of one of the areolas. Once detached, it is good to leave the suckers in a partially shady place, where they also enjoy a few hours of sunshine, so that they can heal the point where they were attached to the largest cactus. Over a period of about a week, or ten days, you can repot them individually, resting them on very well drained soil, in a single pot. Watering should be provided only when the soil is dry.

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