HOW TO HANDLE A PRICKLY CACTUS

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One of the great difficulties in propagating cactus, and some succulents, is the fact that they can be very prickly customers.  It's not that they don't like you, hey they don't even know you.  They just don't want to be damaged - or eaten!  And who can blame them!  Trouble is, unless you know how to handle them safely you are just as likely to damage them when you throw them to the ground after getting a handful of prickles - ouch!!!!

SO IS THERE A SAFE WAY TO DO IT?
Yes, there sure is - and it doesn't cost you anything either.  Newspaper, that's right newspaper.  When you have finished reading it, and put it in the pile to line the birdcage or under the cat littler tray, take a few pages and fold them into a thick pad that will either cover the palm of your hand, or in the case of a large cactus, will go easily around the cactus.  Gently wrap the paper around the plant, and you will find you can easily handle it without risking damage to you or the plant. 

WHEN CAN I DO THIS?
This is very useful when taking pieces for propagation, or when re potting.  Your plant will thank you.

WHAT DO I DO WITH THE NEWSPAPER WHEN I HAVE FINISHED?
I would suggest you either put it into the compost bin or the rubbish bin.  I don't think your bird or cat will thank you if they have to walk on the paper and find there are spines in it.
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