Cacti (cactus) propagation can be done in a number of ways. Cacti plant can be propagated from grafts, seeds, off-roots or branches from the main stem. Seeds sown early in the year produces seedlings that benefit from a longer growing period. An oval pad or stem sliced from the parent cacti can be used for stem propagation. For this kind of propagation, first take a wide neck bottle and fill it completely with water. After that, place the cacti plant just above the water without it actually touching the water surface. You can try hanging them or find another means to do the same. The root starts to grow quickly by absorbing the moisture from the water. If the tip of the stem is used for propagation, allow it to dry in the shade for at least 3 days so that the cut surface is healed. Not all species of Cacti (cactus) can be propagated through stem-cuttings. Grafting is used for such species. These species have difficulty growing independently, due to lack of sufficient chlorophyll. Grafting done in red, yellow and orange genus of cacti can produce off-springs with vibrant colors.
Let us now see how grafting is done in cacti (cactus) . Acanthocereus is normally used as the stalk. Cacti of different shapes and colors that have not yet attained maturity can be used as the scion. Acanthocereus used as the stalk should be cut four centimeter from the ground. The part which is used as scion should be cut three inch from the stem tip, including the top. Set the scion on top of the cut portion of the still rooted root stock, so that both vascular cambium are aligned together. The vascular cambium can be easily seen as a distinct ring on the cut surface of the scion and stalk. Take two rubber bands of appropriate sizes, and fix them over the scion and under the bottom of the pot. They will exert a steady pressure on the scion, pressing it against the stock and will push out the air between them. The grafting is complete. Keep the grafted cacti plant in shade for twenty days without watering it. After twenty day try to push the scion lightly. If it does not move then the grafting is successful. You can now remove the rubber bands, water the plant and move it to a place where it gets ample amount of sunlight. Well- formed graft unions are structurally sound and this decorative plant can turn out to be something magnificent.