Q. My saguaro cactus is too tall. Can I take a cutting to make a new plant?
Unless the diameter of the column is less than 6 inches, you won't be able to just take a cutting and make a new plant from the top.
If the plant is tall and thin, cut it back to a 9-12-inch height and let the cutting "cure" (dry) for several weeks in a light but not directly sunny spot. After this time, dust the base entirely with a rooting hormone and plant into a pot of cactus potting soil. Do not water for at least a month. After the month, water the cutting just once and see if you can pull on it. If there is resistance, then roots are developing and you've got a new cactus started.
If the column is greater than 6 inches, you might consider donating the plant to a place where it can have more room to continue its life.
In any case, the best time of year to make a cutting is in spring.
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- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service