I have received a cactus that is a bit curvy. Here's some pictures to give you an idea:

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It's doing well right now but I'm concerned that the curve will eventually break it. Is it possible to cut this into segments and pot them separately?

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    The poor thing is missing sunlight so much!
    – J. Chomel
    May 25, 2016 at 8:57
  • @J.Chomel: Yes, I imagine that's how it got the way it is. It's in a sunnier spot now, but that can't correct the previous bends and curves. May 25, 2016 at 13:50

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Very much so. I have done similar cuts many times on cacti and succulents. If you cleanly cut off the top 6 inches or so and pot it up it should root quite easily. And then remove all but the bottom 6 inches and leave it to regrow and you will have two lovely cacti!

  • Is it possible to cut it into multiple segments? I think I have enough material for 3 or 4, including the part that's currently rooted. Also, with a top that's cut, will it start new growths from the root/base, or will the cut top heal and grow? Should it be watered well when rooted or left dry for a bit? I don't have much experience with cacti. May 25, 2016 at 13:52
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    You can make at least 3-4. How tall is it? If you want lots, you can cut 2 inch sections. They will form roots at the bottom and the top will heal over, but will not look as good as the original obviously! I would do a large one from the top as it will be the nicest one in the long run. Keep them moist, but not soggy, or the base will rot.
    – Corsara
    May 25, 2016 at 14:00
  • Ok, I'll go for a big segment from the top and also at the bottom, and smaller segments in between the top and bottom segments. Can they all be rooted together in a cluster in the same pot or do they need space? ...I need to know how many pots to buy tonight. ;) May 25, 2016 at 14:19
  • Sounds good. I root smaller shoots from various cacti I have, and I generally put them in the same pot, but not touching until they root and then transplant them.
    – Corsara
    May 25, 2016 at 14:22
  • So I ended up only cutting it so that there are three segments in total. They've been potted for about three weeks, hope they work out. Jun 16, 2016 at 4:28

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