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Name: João V.
Lisbon - PT (Zone 10b)
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Wallknocker
Apr 5, 2020 7:53 PM CST
Hey guys! Smiling
So, I've been repotting my cacti. However, last year, when I was just starting in cactus care, I made the mistake of using a mostly compost-peat mix, with just a bit of sand. I was using this repotting as an opportunity to give them a better mix, but my oldest ones were starting to get a bit rootbound and the dry peat is proving a pain to remove. Grumbling

Should I soak it in water to loosen it? Or even use a faucet's stream to clean the roots? I think it would be much easier but I'm afraid that it might increase the chances of root rot when they go back into the soil. Confused

Any advice would be deeply appreciated! Thumbs up


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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
Apr 5, 2020 10:23 PM CST
Pat it gently with a hammer/heavy blunt object, while alternating with a brush.
Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Apr 6, 2020 12:31 AM CST
That is bound to cause significant damage as well.

How warm is it where you are at right now especially at night?

If it is reasonably warm at night your plants should dry out pretty quickly if you use the water stream method.

In any case no matter which method you use, you will want your plant to dry out for a while to let any damage heal before sticking it back in the soil.
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Name: João V.
Lisbon - PT (Zone 10b)
Greetings from Portugal!
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Wallknocker
Apr 6, 2020 6:40 PM CST
mcvansoest said:

How warm is it where you are at right now especially at night?



Should be something like minimum 60ºF indoors where I keep them, although it's a bit humid right now. But I can put a dehumidifier on the sunroom they are in.
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Name: Thijs van Soest
Tempe, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Arizona Enjoys or suffers hot summers Cactus and Succulents Xeriscape Adeniums Hybridizer
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mcvansoest
Apr 7, 2020 9:53 PM CST
If it is in the 60s, with good airflow they should dry out and have any damage callous over pretty quickly you might use a dehumidifier just to be sure.
The plant in the picture is probably pretty bullet proof to begin with, but others might be less so.

Good luck and if you have the time I would not mind seeing the end result when the potting is done!
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