Grafting Cacti (and Other Succulents)

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Intro: Grafting Cacti (and Other Succulents)

Grafting is placing one plant onto another so the inserted plant grows off of the other. This is commonly used with fruit trees and cacti (especially the colored ones, the colored part usually can't survive on its own). Here I show how to graft one cactus onto another.

Note: This may not always work. Not all cacti may be compatible and sometimes by attempting grafting you may harm one or more of your cacti. You are solely responsible for damage and injury caused by this instructable.

Step 1: Materials

Here is a list of necessary materials (the cacti may vary. It should work with different species):

-A sharp knife (be careful with this)
-2 (or more) cacti

Step 2: Grafting

Step 1: Cut off a piece of cactus 2. If it's like the one I used then get about 3 segments (image 1). Make sure to get a nice clean cut.
Step 2: Make a cut in the cactus you are grafting onto (Image 2. Sorry but the picture of the cut got lost somewhere). Make sure this cut is clean as well. Make it deep enough so you can get a centimeter or two of the cactus 2 in it.
Step 3: Insert the part of cactus 2 into the cut and let time do its work now.

Step 3: Finished

Now you have an interesting cactus. If all goes well they will fuse together and now they should flower at different times of the year depending on the species of cacti used.

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    MrBrownThumb

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Cool idea. One minor quibble, the segmented "cactus" you used is a succulent. A Schlumbergera, to be exact. All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. :0)

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    No worries, I hope I didn't come off as a jerk. It's just one of those weird "facts" about cacti & succulents that is always bouncing around in my head. If it has spines, it's a cactus. If it doesn't have spines it's a succulent.

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    Not correct. I it has "areaolas" is a cactus if it has not is a succulent . Cactus too are succulents (and not all cactus, pereskia plants are little or nothing succulent, but they are cactus indeed). Then every succulent, if it can be grafted, can be grafted with plants belonging from same family, so, euphorbias on euphorbias, asclepiads on asclepiads , aizoaceae (mesembs) on aizoaceae (not common but I'valready seen lithops on delosperma grafts :) )

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    Mamamia04violator83

    Reply 1 year ago

    Do you know if it I should possible to graft a cactus and euphorbia?

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    capheindMrBrownThumb

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Schlumbergera is a genus of tropical epiphytes within the family Cactaceae, not sure why its not accurate to call it a cactus.

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    sehrgutcapheind

    Reply 2 years ago

    It _is_ accurate. "MrBrownThumb" just decided to say something without checking his facts first.

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    sehrgutMrBrownThumb

    Reply 2 years ago

    That's actually incorrect. Schlumbergera are epiphytic cacti, similar to Epiphyllum.

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    Mamamia04

    1 year ago

    Do you know if it is possible to graft a cactus and euphorbia?

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    Mamamia04

    2 years ago

    Hi, do you know if it is possible to graft a gymnolclaycium onto aeuphorbia mammillaris? I have been told this won't work because the euphorbia is not a cactus.

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    ChristopherB78

    2 years ago

    This is my rat tail grafted to an opuntia cactus... This plant is 3 years old

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    lennyz

    5 years ago on Introduction


    Lophophora don't have spines, but their a cactus...
    Meanwhile many euphorbias' have spines & look like a cactus but arn't.
    Peace, Love, know what your boilling....

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    Masterdudecart562

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Yes. A few months ago, maybe half a year, it even flowered. I have pictures which I'll have to upload someday.

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    ChrysN

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Interesting, I have a couple of cacti to try this on.