Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: christmas cactus to pot bound!! need advice on re-potting

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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
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Sep 21, 2012 11:51 AM CST
I bought a CC last season and it was very pot bound then.Now it needs re-potting.I can't get a finger through the roots to check for water,now it is beginning to rot at the soil line,after being left out in a rain storm.The humidity was very high and i thought maybe it was causing the plant to stay wet longer than it normally would?? The other 2 CC's are fine and they were in the same rain storm.

My question is this plant is big and only in a 8" pot.How do i safely pull each section in the pot apart without killing the plant or do i only loosen the roots before putting them in a bigger pot with new soil ??? Confused Shrug! Sticking tongue out

I don't want to loose this plant it is a big,beautiful full plant with the biggest,thickest sections i've ever seen on a CC before.

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Sep 28, 2012 12:32 PM CST
jojoe I'm all ears! Wish I had the answer, I have the same problem except mine wasn't in a rain storm. Was given to me and already rotting.
I re-potted it but it's looking bad. I have several others that may need re-potting and I'm afraid to tackle it. Shrug!
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Oct 1, 2012 9:33 AM CST
Jojoe, did you give it a try? The only advice I can really give you is that if it's a plastic pot, you could just cut it off. If you can't get scissors into it to cut, take an old knife, put it over a flame and melt the area to cut.

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