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How To Repot a Cactus

By Dutchlady1
January 11, 2012

To repot a cactus or other spiky plant, wrap it carefully in a washcloth or towel to minimize breakage to the spines and injury to your hands! You will be able to handle it easily this way. You may need to use some tape to hold the cloth in place.

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Name: Renée
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KyWoods
Jan 10, 2012 7:00 PM CST
I like this idea much better than one I read a long time ago. It said to use newspaper, but that would break the spines!
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LindaTX8
Jan 10, 2012 7:34 PM CST
Sounds good to me! I've been on the wrong end of cactus spines WAY too many times!
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Ridesredmule
Jan 11, 2012 9:54 AM CST
One Like that I like to wrap with a couple thickness of newspapers. I bet I'd get stuck with a towel.
Or even a feed sack, so those treacherous spines don't grab me. Then put the towel on.....
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Dutchlady1
Jan 11, 2012 10:06 AM CST
I have always used an old beach towel (or sometimes two) and it has worked well for me.
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Ridesredmule
Jan 11, 2012 12:48 PM CST
Yes a beach towel would work but I am cowardly when it comes to thorns..... Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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woofie
Jan 11, 2012 3:25 PM CST
I'd think maybe an initial wrap with a paper towel (to collect any tiny, nasty, sneaky threadlike thorns) and then use the towel. That way, you don't end up with little nasties in your towels. I swear that stuff does NOT wash out!
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KyWoods
Jan 11, 2012 4:35 PM CST
Maybe we'd better use an old rag of a towel just in case?
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Dutchlady1
Jan 12, 2012 6:12 AM CST
In my case the beach towels that get used are the ones used for drying the car etc.... Smiling
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KAMasud
Jan 16, 2013 8:48 AM CST
Yes, that one does look vicious Blinking
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Arif.
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LindaTX8
Jan 16, 2013 10:56 AM CST
And not just any old pair of gloves will do when handling cactus. Even if it's wrapped up in a towel, don't take any chances. When I go out hiking in the Texas brush, I prefer to wear bluejeans (when not TOO hot), as there lots of kinds of plants with thorns...not to mention the stinging type of plants, so easy for the legs to brush up against the wrong plant.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Arif Masud
Alpha Centauri (Zone 9a)
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KAMasud
Jan 16, 2013 1:39 PM CST
Don't forget snakes, I would prefer the jeans to soak up as much of the venom as possible and just inject me with a tiny dose.
Regards,
Arif.
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Jan 16, 2013 5:53 PM CST
Do you have venomous snakes in your area, Arif?
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KAMasud
Jan 16, 2013 10:09 PM CST
Cobra's but they don't hunt, coil and recoil. Vipers, these are very venomous. Snakes normally do not attack without reason but while walking around in the wild a person can inadvertently stray near or step on them. The thick cloth of jeans is a good protection because like blotting paper it absorbs the venom, well not all but a major part of it. Which gives us time to reach help but in my case I carry a blade or knife. I find out when I get a feeling of a red hot wire inserted but then time has passed by. So, slit and squeeze is the best option. Here, it is quite possible to reach the hospital in time but chances are very bright that they do not have anti-venom.
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Arif.
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woofie
Jan 16, 2013 10:22 PM CST
***faint***
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
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Alpha Centauri (Zone 9a)
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KAMasud
Jan 17, 2013 2:30 AM CST
Not to many roads, no transport, very few medical facilities and those, to help you to die not live. You go in for a DNS of the nose and come out with Hepatitis C. Old habits die hard and this is one of the accepted procedures. We cannot suck the venom out like you all, we eat to many chillies and spices so our mouths are not pristine and you cannot carry a bottle with apparatus to heat it up, invert and let it suck the poison. Apply tourniquet, slit, squeeze and then pray you got all of it out Shrug! . So far it has worked just fine. Except, maybe for a black coloured limb for a few days.
This Russel Viper poison travels very fast, you just barely have time to think. Cobra is a larger snake and can be seen from far. Viper is small and blends in with the terrain.
Let me also add I love snakes on my farm, they keep the mice population under control. I don't bother them and they don't bother me. Rather have the ones who recognise me then let new ones move in who do not.
Regards,
Arif.
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LindaTX8
Jan 17, 2013 10:12 AM CST
I'm glad I live where snakes are not such a danger! As a small child in East Texas, I feared snakes. I've lost most fear since then...where I live now all I see are rat snakes, very rarely anything poisonous. Never have been bitten by a snake. Blinking
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Arif Masud
Alpha Centauri (Zone 9a)
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KAMasud
Jan 17, 2013 10:24 AM CST
Normally they are not aggressive but in Monsoons it is a different story. The soil gets super saturated and they are flooded out of their burrows. Now any thing ejected from the comfort of their homes wont be in a good mood will it? Maximum incidents happen in the Monsoons, rest of the year they are happy and just to lazy unless you step on them while they are sunning themselves in winters. Then I suppose they have a right to get aggressive.
Regards,
Arif.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jan 17, 2013 11:01 AM CST
Where we used to live, there were lots of rattlesnakes, but fortunately they stayed away from our house and yard. Probably because of the goats running around. One of our neighbors got bit and nearly died because it took so long to get him to medical care. We were sort of out in the middle of nowhere; one of the reasons we moved here (takes only about 10 minutes to get to the closest hospital Smiling ).
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Jan 17, 2013 5:26 PM CST
Wow!!! snake tips! We have copperheads but Thankfully not a lot so we just have to be careful. I used to see a large blacksnake but don't see him much any more. i don't like it when folks run over them just for meaness. But they do, not when I'm in car though.
Blacksnakes don't hurt anything....
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jan 17, 2013 5:57 PM CST
I like living in an area where the only snakes are little non-venomous snakes! Snakes are cool, but the venomous ones leave me, er "cold." Hilarious!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.

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