Hello! My name is Ms. Kate, and this is Gardening with Ms. Kate! In this episode, we will be talking about “pups.” No, not pups like dogs; even though that would be a great read, this is all about pups that come from plants. Confused? I will explain!
Plants have babies, but in different ways. Succulents and other non-flowering plants have their pups by budding. Succulent pups grow from their parent plant. I will show you how to safely pluck them off the parent in the video and show you the steps in the blog post.
For this episode, our parent plant will be my cactus, Tuck. Tuck is a Moon Cactus with a bald spot. Why does he have a bald spot? My sister had a Moon Cactus of her own that had succumbed to overwatering. Its body, except for its ornate crown, had started to rot. Fun fact, Moon Cactus is two cacti in one! The hylocereus cactus and the original plant of the moon cactus are grafted together to create this unique plant! The reason for this is because the original Moon Cactus is a mutation that does not have the ability to produce chlorophyll. The two cacti are grafted to help give the Moon Cactus a second chance.
I attempted to graft the remaining crown of my sister’s Moon Cactus to Tuck by severing the top half of his body and using the sap from him and the latter’s crown to seal the surgery. Unfortunately, the surgery did not take, and we lost my sister’s cactus (I bought her a new one, don’t worry). This is why Tuck has a bald spot (don’t tell him he’s bald, he is self-conscious about it). To offset his baldness, Tuck is constantly having pups, about two pots full of Jr. Tucks! In the video and this post, I will show you how to detach his newest pups into their pots.