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What is the largest viable cutting from a Cereus peruvianus?

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What is the largest viable cutting from a Cereus peruvianus?

Postby Jim_jimjim » Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:03 am

I have a very old (50+years) very large (30+ feet) cactus which has been id'd as a Cereus peruvianus. It has to go due to wall/sidewalk damage it is causing to my neighbors property. :( I would really appreciate any advice on how to save as much of it as possible.

1= Will a VERY large cutting root the same way a smaller one would, if I can support it somehow?

2=How large is TOO large. I have quite a few 15+ foot pieces with multiple arms which I can remove in one piece.

I live in the Los Angeles area, so weather is not a problem. I have plenty of space for them in the yard once they are rooted, I'm just not sure where to start.

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Postby Saguaro123 » Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:17 am

Wow, that's a really old plant! :shock: Unfortunetly, old cuttings are hard to root and something that old could be impossible to root. A way I recommend is to cut all the branches you can root, and transplant that big stump to new location. It will eventually grow new branches and can be enjoyed like before.
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Postby John C » Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:19 am

What a nice plant! :shock: 8)
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Postby Saguaro123 » Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:21 am

You can sell the extra branches on ebay. :D
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Postby Jim_jimjim » Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:25 am

Transplant the stump? Hmmmmmmmmmm. Never even thought of that. The root system is breaking apart a cinder block wall and lifting a sidewalk, so that could be a real project. Do you know if it would re-root if it was cut out? Or would we need to save as much of the root system as possible?
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Postby John C » Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:25 am

Saguaro123 wrote:You can sell the extra branches on ebay. :D


Yep! You can trade some too. :wink:
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Postby Saguaro123 » Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:31 am

Jim_jimjim wrote:Transplant the stump? Hmmmmmmmmmm. Never even thought of that. The root system is breaking apart a cinder block wall and lifting a sidewalk, so that could be a real project. Do you know if it would re-root if it was cut out? Or would we need to save as much of the root system as possible?


Yes it will reroot. When they save Saguaros, they cut out all the roots and they do fine. Saving much of the root system is recommended but if you can't get all of it out, then we just have to get out whatever we can. However, that;s a nice strong specimen. I think it's strong enough to do it's own things so you don't have to worry much about it.
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Postby kevin63129 » Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:27 am

Man,that plant is awesome!I hope you have great success with it.
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Postby Loph » Mon Apr 27, 2009 3:43 pm

i agree, a true cutting from the base might not root well. but if you dig down a bit and get a good chunk of the main roots, it should root fine.

if it were me i would dig about 2-3 feet on either side of that base and go down as far as you can, say at least 3 feet. then use a saw and cut the roots trying to keep as many as you can intact.

once cut and puller out, let the roots dry in open air for week or 3 :)

after that replant with really good support.


how you are going to pull such a massive cactus, i am nut sure. a crane, or even pulleys and a good frame will help but be pricey. maybe you can hire a landscaping company or someone with a small crane to pull it out when you cut and lay it down (carefully) when your done? then again later on when you want to plant it?


no matter what it is not going to be easy, and will probably cost some $.
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Postby dustin0352 » Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:35 pm

Tell the neighbor to move the wall.lol the cactus was there first :lol: That is an amazing plant and a shame to have to cut it up and transplant it. Shortining the branches will help with the transplant, will also give you more cacti, as well as good trading! Wish you good luck in what ever approach you take!
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Postby John C » Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:59 pm

dustin0352 wrote:Tell the neighbor to move the wall.lol the cactus was there first :lol:


:lol: Yep! That's a good idea. But I don't think the neighbor would like that approach.
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Postby daiv » Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:49 pm

I'm going to suggest yet a different approach.

I've easily rooted 6 foot sections of C. peruvianus and while smaller cuttings do tend to root more easily, I think you should be able to root long cutting from that without too much difficulty. One nice thing is you have plenty of chances. When you cut that up, you can stack the pieces like logs and keep them for a year or more. Once you get as many new plants rooted as you want, toss the rest or give it away if you can find a taker.

I don't know if you have to remove that stump anyway, but that would one job that I would not want to even think about. Digging out a plant that size in a manner that doesn't destroy it would be absolutely murderous! Especially with a wall only a few inches away. Forget it! You need a stump grinder.

Even if you had to root a 6 foot section, it will grow very fast.
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Postby GardenBed » Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:41 am

daiv wrote:I'm going to suggest yet a different approach.

I've easily rooted 6 foot sections of C. peruvianus and while smaller cuttings do tend to root more easily, I think you should be able to root long cutting from that without too much difficulty. One nice thing is you have plenty of chances. When you cut that up, you can stack the pieces like logs and keep them for a year or more. Once you get as many new plants rooted as you want, toss the rest or give it away if you can find a taker.

I don't know if you have to remove that stump anyway, but that would one job that I would not want to even think about. Digging out a plant that size in a manner that doesn't destroy it would be absolutely murderous! Especially with a wall only a few inches away. Forget it! You need a stump grinder.

Even if you had to root a 6 foot section, it will grow very fast.
Yes, I agree, moving the whole plant would be very monumental. Also, if you have extra branches that are leftover / too much, you can try and sell them locally through yard sales or craiglist.
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