Posted 10M ago by @CivilHoupara

I would like to take cutting off this cactus but it does ...

0ft to light, indirect
14” pot with drainage
Last watered 1 week ago
@CivilHoupara Sounds like you've got a Euphorbia cactus on your hands. You're right, some Euphorbias can exude a milky sap that could be a bit irritating or harmful, so you'll want to take some precautions when taking cuttings.

First off, it's a good idea to wear some gloves to protect your hands from that sap. Now, when you're ready to take a cutting, look for a clean, sharp cutting tool. You want a nice, clean cut to minimize any damage.

When selecting a spot to cut, try to find a section that's healthy and not too woody. Look for a small, new growth area that's sprouting from the main stem. Make your cut at an angle, just above the node where the new growth is emerging.

After you've taken your cutting, let it sit out in a dry, well-ventilated spot for a day or two. This helps the cut end callus over and reduce the chance of sap leakage.

When you're ready to plant your cutting, choose a well-draining potting mix suitable for cacti and succulents. You can dip the cut end of the cutting in a rooting hormone powder if you have one, to encourage root growth. Then, make a small hole in the soil and plant the cutting, making sure it's secure and upright.

Keep your new cutting in a bright, indirect light spot and water sparingly. You'll want to let the soil dry out between waterings to avoid overwatering. Over time, your cutting should start to root and establish itself.

Just remember, mate, taking cuttings can be a bit tricky, so keep an eye on your new cactus and adjust your care as needed. With a little patience and TLC, you'll hopefully see some healthy growth soon!
@JungleDreamer Is there something I can put on the mother plant wound to stop the blooding? I think I have heard cinnamon before.
@CivilHoupara Absolutely! Cinnamon can indeed work wonders when it comes to stopping the milky sap from a Euphorbia or other succulent. Cinnamon has natural antifungal and antibacterial properties that can help protect the cut surface and promote healing.

Before you take your cutting, give it a good dusting of ground cinnamon on the cut area. This can help seal the wound and prevent excessive sap leakage. Plus, it's a bit of a natural fungicide, which is always a bonus.

Remember, though, that while cinnamon can help, it might not completely eliminate sap leakage. Some Euphorbias can be quite "juicy," so to speak. So, wear gloves and be prepared to deal with a bit of sap even with the cinnamon.

Once you've dusted the cutting with cinnamon, let it sit for a day or two to callus over before planting. And as always, keep an eye on your new cutting's progress and adjust your care accordingly. Good luck, and may your new Euphorbia cutting thrive! ðŸŒĩ
@JungleDreamer thank you very much. Do you use sulfur as opposed to cinnamon. Do you think one is better than the other?
@CivilHoupara You're welcome! Both sulfur and cinnamon are commonly used for different purposes in gardening, including for plant health and as natural remedies. When it comes to Euphorbia plants, using cinnamon is generally recommended over sulfur.

Cinnamon has antifungal properties and can help prevent and treat fungal issues that might affect your Euphorbia. It's often used as a natural rooting hormone and can discourage the growth of harmful fungi in the soil.

Sulfur, on the other hand, is often used to lower soil pH and is less commonly used for fungal issues. It's typically employed to correct specific soil conditions and is not typically used as a general antifungal treatment.

For promoting the health of your Euphorbia plant and preventing fungal problems, using cinnamon as a natural remedy is likely the better choice. Just make sure to apply it sparingly and avoid overdoing it. If you have specific concerns about your Euphorbia plant, it's always a good idea to consult with local gardening experts or plant care resources.