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FutureStarrAMoon Cactus Propagation
I’m going to tell you how to grow your own cactus! There are many different varieties, but the most popular seem to be more succulent and have a variety of colors.To do this, use a clean knife to cut off the top piece (or "scion") you want to propagate, and then, using a healthy, rooted cactus (such as any of the aforementioned varieties), cut off the top so it's only about a few inches tall. Set the offshoot on the top of your new rootstock where it was cut.The colorful part of some (but not all) moon cactuses will produce little offshoots that can be propagated. These can be grafted onto another cactus or "rootstock," such as Cereus peruvianus, Hylocereus trigonus, or Trichocereus spachianus.
You can notice some tiny bubbles protruding from the areola (the small bumps on the body of the cacti where spines grow) of your moon cactus that grows bigger each day. These small bumps are the exact version of your plant but smallish. Yes, it’s a baby cactus and what you have now is a mother moon cactus. Naturally, some cacti can produce offsets around their globular body. Indeed, the lack of chlorophyll makes them incapable of producing their food, making it impossible to grow on their own. The moon cactus pups needed a host, some green cactus, to supply food for them. It can only be possible by removing the pup and grafting it to the green cactus host. How can I remove the pups? How is grafting done? The answer is on its way.Grafting is one way to propagate a moon cactus pup. Remember that moon cactus are plants that cannot live independently, especially those with pure variegation or fully colored.
They have a minimal amount of chlorophyll (responsible for producing energy from light), but this is way too low to survive long enough on their own.Indeed, remember that it takes two different cacti to form a moon cactus. The mutant Gymnocalycium mihanovichii is the colorful top ( called ‘scion’), and the Hylocereus (typical cactus used for grafting) is the green base ( called ‘rootstock’). Since the scion cannot survive independently, grafting it to a rootstock will do the trick. To achieve a successful graft, use a healthy rootstock as a base. Healthy rootstocks are thick and green. You don’t have to be an expert to perform grafting. Do not leave your offset for several days sitting alone ungrafted. They are small and dry up quickly. Grafting dehydrated moon cactus pups is very unlikely. The sap of the moon cactus pup acts as the glue that sticks them to the rootstock. So, you better get your rootstock ready and do it soon for the best result. (Source:www.yourindoorherbs.com)