around 3 weeks ago I've cut off the top of my healthy moon cactus with the hopes of successfully replanting it. I followed some online tutorials and left it out on a plate to dry, kept it out of any direct sunlight and watered it only once or twice with just a drop of water so that it doesn't dry off completely. Currently it looks like this: enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here

There are no signs of any roots and in most tutorials that I have found they had some signs of roots growing after a couple of weeks. Am I doing something wrong? Also, should I maybe put the plant on the ground even if there are no roots currently and hope the roots start to grow? If so, how much should I water it?

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Yes, you can put it into a pot and water just slightly. Have the soil completely dry between waterings. It will develop roots in the soil when it’s ready :)

  • This works for Opuntia (prickly pear) - but those spread like that in the wild. Bits fall off, root on their own, etc.
    – winwaed
    Commented Apr 12, 2019 at 14:09
  • Aha, thank you :D
    – 5ar
    Commented Apr 16, 2019 at 12:15
  • Also should it be exposed to direct sunlight, indirect sunlight or almost no sunlight
    – 5ar
    Commented Apr 16, 2019 at 13:12
  • Indirect sunlight would be good, I think!
    – Daria
    Commented Apr 17, 2019 at 0:02

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