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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Dec 19, 2015 3:09 PM CST
Saw this Balloon Cactus with two others and it looked barely alive and had no roots. I repotted it and all summer and fall I've been caring for it. Amazingly, it survived and is fat again, and has gotten its blue green color since the other photos.
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Cinta
Dec 20, 2015 10:59 AM CST
That is amazing. You did a good job.
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Dec 22, 2015 12:42 AM CST
Keith. "Caring for". Do tell. I am a newby and have a sad looking cactus (could not resist rescue $ 19 plant for $ 3) that I am trying to care for back to health.
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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
Vegetable Grower Garden Photography Hybridizer Spiders! Annuals Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
keithp2012
Dec 22, 2015 2:01 PM CST
DavidLMO said:Keith. "Caring for". Do tell. I am a newby and have a sad looking cactus (could not resist rescue $ 19 plant for $ 3) that I am trying to care for back to health.


First, cacti that are missing all roots cannot be watered and kept out of direct sunlight. Once they start growing roots on their own then you can lightly water. I would need to see a photo to help you better.
Generally, clay pots are best for cacti as plastic holds moisture and can create rot. Most cacti love lots of warm light, indoors you rotate the pot daily so they grow evenly. During cool months (November-March here) I don't water at all unless the cactus is very small then it would need some light watering. I buy miracle gro cactus soil and add lots of perlite to it and tiny fish smooth gravel this helps drainage.
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Dec 22, 2015 2:29 PM CST
Hurray! I tip my hat to you. Hurray! Thank You! Exactly confirmed a lot of what I thought!!
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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
Vegetable Grower Garden Photography Hybridizer Spiders! Annuals Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
keithp2012
Dec 22, 2015 2:41 PM CST
DavidLMO said: Hurray! I tip my hat to you. Hurray! Thank You! Exactly confirmed a lot of what I thought!!


What species is yours?
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Dec 23, 2015 9:32 AM CST
Optunia (Consolea) falcata - a rescue plant.
Seeking Feng Shui with my plants since 1976
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
Vegetable Grower Garden Photography Hybridizer Spiders! Annuals Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
keithp2012
Dec 23, 2015 4:01 PM CST
DavidLMO said:Optunia (Consolea) falcata - a rescue plant.


They get huge! Good luck to it, will be around for a long time! 😀

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