Last summer Bumblebee bought a cactus from one of the plant sales at the Botanical Gardens. There was a bit of a jostle in the queue and it was knocked out of his hand, spilling onto the floor and some of the little "babies" were snapped off. The gardener who sold it took pity on him and fetched him another, letting him also keep the damaged one.
We researched the variety and how to propagate it. A couple of days laid out on a dry paper towel to seal the end, we learned then to add them upright into gritty compost - we just potted the around the main plant since it was the perfect growing medium.
Each of the babies has now produced roots.
And the "mother" plants are flowering!