Buiningia aurea

Lots of Cacti and succulent plants multiply, but don’t produce enough plants for sellers. You might have noticed on some of your plants, if the plant is damaged on the top that branching will occur.   So, lot of growing try using this method to produce more plants. The easiest way is to cut off the growing tip but this does not work well with all succulents. There is some risk, involved, to try this method, as you can lose your plant from diseases, rot and fungus.

echinocactus grusonii

Echinocactus Grusonii

 

If you would like to give it a go, then all you need to do is use 8 mm drill to destroy the apical growth bud. With cactus and euphorbias 40 mm is good depth. For aloes and agaves, the drill bit needs to go deeper. Using a drill does less damage than cutting it out with a knife. The less leaf damage, the more offsets that will be produced.

There is two ways, how a plant will react by drilling it. If the growing tip has been destroyed the plant will produce copious offsets. If the drill missed or only damaged the growing tip, the plant will continue to grow from the top with some damage to the new leaves. If this occurs, the drilling procedure should be repeated.

astrophytum ornatum

Astrophytum Ornatum

 

echinopsis subdenudata

 Echinopsis Subdenudata

 

After drilling, or damage of this nature to the apex of a succulent can leave a sizeable hole or depression. Avoid watering from the top and keep the hole dry.

Take note it will still take awhile for the offset to come up to 12 months. By removing the larger plants more will be produce and produce more following years. But with time it will slow down and eventually die.

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