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Camelot cactus - Top heavy - What to do?

Posted by kelli08 (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 29, 14 at 11:43

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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RE: Camelot cactus - Top heavy - What to do?

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


RE: Camelot cactus - Top heavy - What to do?

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 29, 14 at 13:01

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.

RE: Camelot cactus - Top heavy - What to do?

I'll post a pic asap. My camera's a little messed up, so it might take a bit.

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