The Q&A Archives: Cactus Leaning Over on Side

Question: We have some cactus (that was started from seed-about 6" tall) that is in about a 12" clay saucer. It was given to us. We put it on our south deck this month and the sun dried out the soil faster than I realized, so the cactus were leaning way over. We moved it then to a corner where it would have some shade. Most of the cactus have returned upright, but there are some that are on their sides. Is there anything we can do with those? This happened over a week ago. Do we need to dig those out or stake them up?

Answer: I would just repot those cactus. Cactus have very shallow root systems, so there's not much to support them. They shouldn't require staking, however. You didn't mention what type of cactus, but many species actually prefer filtered sun, especially in the afternoon. Good luck!

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