Camelot cactus - Top heavy - What to do?

kelli08April 29, 2014

I have a 30-year-old 'Camelot' that was given to me 7 years ago. For the first 23 years, it only had the main stalk and a side shoot. Both were sunburnt.

Once we got it and took good care of it, it started growing like crazy. Right now, it weighs about 30 lbs, and is about 1 1/2' wide and 2' tall.

The issue: All of this weight is on a very small base trunk which isn't bigger in diameter than an egg, and about 4-5" tall. We keep it indoors in fall / winter, but move it outside in late spring.

We worry that this beautiful plant is going to break at the base. Can we heap up the 'soil' to above the base? Or, would that kill it?

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Could you provide a picture? I've never heard of a 'Camelot cactus' and I'm interested in seeing what it looks like.


    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 12:42PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Cereus peruvianus monstrose.

Never heap up soil around the base of any plant--the exceptions are roses, clematis, and tomatoes. Any other plant beside that will be suffocated. Roses, clematis, and tomatoes sprout new stems from dormant buds at the base.

A lot of people will support a top heavy cactus or succulent by providing a rock or boulder for it to lean on.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 1:01PM
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I'll post a pic asap. My camera's a little messed up, so it might take a bit.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 1:50PM
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This is one of mine. It's about two feet tall. I have had them for about 6 years and they are slow growing. You might want to do as I have done and put it in a larger pot as a grouping and support it with a rock to the back.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2014 at 2:13PM
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My other one same here rock to the back

    Bookmark   September 15, 2014 at 2:16PM
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Close up of top newer growth. Spines are red which gives it a little more character. Very unusual and hard to find.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2014 at 2:24PM
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