Dr Green At home We’re getting divorced. How do we split our plants? Dr Green Words by Dr Green Photos by Jaap Scheeren Hi Dr. Green, My husband and I have recently split up and I filed for divorce. We’ve had many uncomfortable discussions, but none have got as heated as the one about who gets our plants, particularly the pancake plant and our cacti. My husband argues that he spent more time taking care of them than I did. But between you and me, his idea of ‘care’ is far from sufficient. How should we solve this? I’d rather not get our lawyers involved on this one. Frustrated, Ina (42) Hello Ina, I’m sorry to hear about your divorce. If it’s any consolation, it sounds like you’re dealing with it better than my partner did. The restraining order has only just been lifted… Fortunately for you, splitting up plants is easier than splitting up kids, especially when it comes to pilea and cacti. Just give your husband a few cuttings and let him grow his own. With the pilea, you can probably already find tiny little plantlets in the soil around the plant. These are easy to grow because they already have roots. Follow the little plant’s roots until about 1,5 cm into the soil, and cut the stem here with a sharp knife. Plant the baby pilea in some soil and watch it grow. For your cacti, you will have to literally cut your plant in half, or at least remove a large piece of the stem. Make sure it’s around 10cm, and make a clean cut with scissors or a sharp knife. Fill a small 9cm pot with some cactus compost and place the base of the cutting in the soil, about 2cm deep. The cutting should be able to stand up by itself. Water the cutting, and it will grow into a brand new cactus within a few months. Simple! And by the way, if your ex doesn’t accept this offer then you know you’re well rid of him. The Doc. Direct all sharp objects towards your plants, NOT at your ex-husband. Got a question about your green babies? Ask the Doctor: firstname.lastname@example.org Share this article Related Longread Elspeth Diederix and her Miracle Garden On a recent trip to the Miracle Garden, our artist-in-residence Elspeth Diederix reminds us to appreciate the natural beauty of our surroundings. Interview Why we’re going gaga for gardening It’s 2018 and gardening is not just a pastime for our aunts and grandparents, it’s for the rich and famous, too. Longread Join the seed revolution 100,000 endangered seed varieties, and 94% lost altogether in the 20th Century. We talked to pioneers of London’s preservation scene to find out how we can take action. Longread Public space Brooklyn Grange Farm is the future of urban agriculture Brooklyn Grange is not just bringing fresh organic produce to New Yorkers, it has the ingenuity to transform the agricultural industry as we know it.