The leaning tower of Cactus...

raed8August 6, 2012

Help. I think I need to transplant this cactus, but not sure how to help it stand taller. I have a taller pot to put it in, but I don't want to kill this cactus. How do I get it to stand without a stick? Or is that even possible?

Thank you for any suggestions or advice you can give...

karen

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FerocactusLatispinus(Zone 4/Sunset 43 WI)

For transplanting, since the base is rather curved and already planted at an angle, I suppose it may be best to cut off the base. You could let it callus over and start out with a good straight base.

A stick would definitely help in keeping it supported. Eventually, the base/trunk will likely get strong enough to support the entire plant.

Trying to transplant the cactus to correct the angle again would mean it would have to be planted deeper, and the pot would need a larger diameter to accommodate its base's spread. This is why I think cutting the base off may be your best option.

-Kaegen

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 12:37PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I would get a bigger pot. Opuntias , unlike other cactus do like more room for theit roots. I would also cut it back and put it in a sunnier spot. It looks like it was leaning to get more sun.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 3:55PM
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martenfisher(9a)

I deal with a similar problem once a year after heavy rains cause my opuntias get top heavy and tip over. I cut off all the pads until they can stand on their own. Then after you cut them they main plant just makes more pads and strengthens to support them at the same time. The pads that are cut off can dry for a few days then get planted to make more or give them to your friends. Most opuntia can be trimmed then they just bush out after. In general every pad I cut off gets replaced by 1-4 new pads depending on species. I have over 50 species of Opuntia.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 1:31AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I aggree with Martinfisher. I cut mine back every time before a big cold front. I cut it back the more tender ones to what will fit under a blanket and a garbage bag. I too have over 50 varieties.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 8:41AM
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