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Super glue is handy for taking non-diseased cuttings. This is an Echinocereus reichenbachii that had gotten tall and tippy, so I sectioned it, coating all cut surfaces with super glue. I wanted all the cuttings because I want to make seeds of this plant. The more cuttings, the more flowers are possible. Flowers make seeds. Note that there are several new growing points along the upper margins of the cuttings. The several forming pups are doing so because there is no apical dominant meristem, yet, in the cuttings. So growth becomes a free-for-all. The original top of the plant shows no new pups because it has the apical meristem that controls new meristems. The three foreground plants are cuttings; the background plant is the stock of the original plant.

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