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Can You Root A Cactus In Water

Cacti are surprisingly resilient. Sometimes, they can even survive being rooted in water. While some cacti may prefer to live in soil, others can tolerate anything from rapid water changes to long-term aquatic roots.

However, while it is possible to root a cactus in water, there are several risks involved. For example, without the proper balance of natural growth media and nutrition, else withstanding bacteria or parasites could damage your plant if it’s not set up properly. Read on for more information about rooting your cactus in water.

To begin with, you’ll need thoroughly clean and sterilized containers free of any pathogens or other contaminants that might harm your cactus when first dipped underwater. Also, be sure that all materials, such as stones or substrate, that you use to anchor the cactus under the surface are appropriate for aquatic life and won’t introduce any new species into the environment.

You’ll also need hydrogen peroxide at concentrations typically found in shallow-water aquariums, preferably between 0.1% – 1%. The vaccine should be carefully added as treating a root-bound cactus too harshly may cause it significant harm before it ever gets its chance to grow roots underwater! 

Once everything is prepared and ready for dipping your plant under water for a few hours, you’ll need to ensure that part of the green tissue is completely submerged yet still exposed to air so that oxygenation remains consistent throughout the growth process; this keeps an optimal environment should any pathogens try to attach themselves on the now wet parts of your plant! 

Keep an eye out for small bubbles coming off of your soil – this indicates oxygen exchange – but do not let them accumulate over time if they don’t dissipate naturally (ease dryness), as this means you’re risking fungal infestations which could kill your newly established aqua crop! Finally, it’s important not to forget to take a sample of each ripe fruit produced weekly until harvesting time arrives (approximately 2 weeks later). This will help judge their quality ahead!

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