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Steve Bakken

Growing cactus

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Just got back from a 10 day trip visiting friends in Arizona and brought back some really cool cactus cuttings. The locals say thay you can just break off a segment and put it in dirt and it will set it's own set of new roots. I've only got one shot at this, cuz it's not like I can go back down and get more if I kill them. Anyone have any experience with this? Also any advice on the type of dirt and watering frequencies would be great.

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My mother stole cactus from Texas in 1982. There was a sign a mile down the road later warning about picking the native flora, lol. I calld her and asked for some advice. They grew for many yrs but never attained the beauty they had naturally. Too high humidity. She is a master gardener and she told me you might be able to get cactus type dirt at a garden store. She also said you should google an extension office in the SW for real good advice. Good Luck.

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Yah, yah, I know. Lock me up and throw away the key. I did find some actual cactus potting soil at the local greenhouse. I mixed that with the native dirt that I brought back with the cacti, (probably another offense there, too). Now I've just gotta get the lighting and moisture all figured out.

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