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May 4, 2020 5:06 AM CST
Bournemouth
Hi my cactus (which I think is mammilarias spinossissima) is having to be held up by a stick. I think this is due to it being heavily etiolated. Should I cut off the top enough so it can hold itself up and then hope it grows off the wound in the new sunnier spot or should I leave it or should I let it crawl instead of supporting it?

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May 4, 2020 4:56 PM CST
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May 4, 2020 5:10 PM CST
Milpitas, CA
As it grows up, it will reach for the sunlight. The curve in the middle section is going to stay. It will grow wider, and therefore, one day it will be able to support itself. But as for it straightening out by rotating it every couple days...

You should rotate it at the same time, every day. It will not straighten out the middle part, but it will allow the top part to grow straight up. Unless you want the "s" shape to continue.

Maybe someone with more cactus knowledge can suggest something better.

Maybe someone will confirm you can cut it below the curve, and just regrow it, this time straight. I cannot say one way or another.
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May 5, 2020 10:58 AM CST
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I'm not sure what your cactus is. Closer photos would help. Turn it every time you water. Don't cut the top off.
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