Cutting A cactus to transplant
Just joined today and I have a question.
I have a cactus that I have had for 33 years. I do not know what kind it is :-( It is staight with 6 sides. The skin is smooth and the ridges have very small needles.
My question is this. The cactus is now 9.5 feet tall. At the 6 foot mark a new shoot has grown staight up 3.5 feet. At the base of this upper shoot the skin is turning brown and there are several roots polking out about a 1/4 of an inch. I assume that this upper shoot will eventually fall of and re-root in the ground as nature has intended.
I am concerned that when it falls it will break. Can I cut this shoot at its base and replant it directly into a new pot ?
As a side note...Th elower 6 feet of the main trunk is appearing as though it is shrinking in girth and drying up.
I love my cactus since I have had it for 33 years. Can anyone help me ? In July of 2007 it produced 6 flowers at once..What a sight to see :-)
Thak You Vey Much