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Q.Can You Grow A Cactus From Roots Only?

Zone 6A, Ypsilanti, MI | Anonymous added on September 23, 2022 | Answered

I had a beautiful Old Man cactus. I transplanted it and it died a few days later. Yesterday morning it looked fine, but by night it had turned to mush. I think it was because I didn’t know that I had to wash the decorative sand that I using to increase drainage before adding it to the soil. The roots appear healthy. Can I plant the entire root system to grow another plant?

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Answered on October 1, 2022

There are no guarantees but you can certainly try. Plant it in fresh cactus soil. I wouldn't water it for a couple of weeks.


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