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Olivia Cactus with lots of small cactus paddles
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How to Propagate Cacti and Other Succulents

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You might have a plant that is getting a little long and could use a trim or have a broken cactus paddle. While it can be pretty slow to grow cacti and succulents without a greenhouse, you can easily get them to root and stay alive indoors from a simple paddle or cutting! 

How to Propagate Cacti and Succulents:

STEP 1. If you do not already have a cutting - Use a clean razor blade or knife to (carefully) cut a section of plant off approximately one inch above any damage or problem areas. Or cut a paddle at the base - leaving the base of the paddle in tact. 

STEP 2. Lay the cutting or paddle out to dry and heal where it was cut. This usually takes 2-3 days. 

Olivia Cactus in first steps of propagation showing all the tools you need

STEP 3: Put the cutting into some really great cactus + succulent soil.
Find ours here: Tierra Sol Studio - Plant KiIler Soil

STEP 4: Don't water your cutting until it starts to get roots. This usually takes about 2 weeks. You can check the cutting every 2-3 days and place it back in the soil until roots appear. 

STEP 5: Once you have roots, give the plant a little water 1x per month. The amount of water depends on the size of the cutting. Check our Plant Care Tips for water recommendations.

Let us know if you have any questions or how it goes in the comments below! 

xo,
Seana