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Jpbogart
May 10, 2020 7:30 AM CST
Hello,

We bought this plant in Arizona a couple of years ago, and it's quickly outgrowing the pot it came in. Can someone tell me what type of plant this is, any tips on repotting and would I be able to cut a piece off to start another plant?

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oneeyeluke
May 11, 2020 3:33 AM CST
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Cylindropuntia
Species: fulgida
or
Species: bigelovii

I could be wrong, I'm no expert on cactus. When I transplanted my crown of thorns, I used a WET brown cardboard thick box to handle the plant during transplanting. It is a way to hold the plant without getting stuck by the thorns. I wore gloves and just busted my pot with a hammer and with the thick wet cardboard I moved the plant into its new home very gently. I only added 2 inches in size of the pot to keep from over watering the plant transplant. Be sure and use a cactus mix made for cactus only. Yes you can take a piece off and propagate it in a small pot they propagate easy.
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Jpbogart
May 12, 2020 9:51 AM CST
Thank you for your help. I'd never thought about the wet cardboard truck!
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skopjecollection
May 12, 2020 10:07 AM CST
Echinocereus pensilis or viereckii , not any opuntia..
Either way, considering the build and origin, 100% sure its echinocereus...
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skopjecollection
May 12, 2020 10:14 AM CST
Also, tips: echinocereus doesnt root as easily..
If you find a piece(a branch), that has roots on its own, only try then....
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mcvansoest
May 12, 2020 10:31 AM CST
I agree with Stefan. 100% sure it is an Echinocereus. This one is going to be hard to repot without incurring some damage to both the plant and most likely you.

The main issue is that the plant has become so sprawled that getting soil passed it to fill up the new pot will be hard as you will not want to give it too big of a new pot - in a way the small pot has probably helped you avoid giving this plant rot - most Echinocereus are very sensitive to being wet too long. In this case a small pot probably made it dry out pretty fast. So while increasing the pot size at this point seems prudent, be careful to not go too large, or if you do be very careful with watering and check thoroughly how fast the new pot dries out.

I use salad tongs (repurposed as cactus grabbers - if they have any kind of softer pads on them there is not going back to using them as salad tongs after using them as cactus grabbers) to grab onto plants like these to lift them etc. I suspect that you will probably knock some pieces off regardless of your method, that may actually help you get soil around it.

While I agree with Stefan, that they are hard to reroot, it is not impossible. These sections look pretty vigorous so if you do end up with some pieces that came of the plant just still them in a pot with soil and essentially do not water them till you see new growth. Some will shrivel up and die, but almost certainly you will get some too root and survive - if you are interested in getting more than one of these that is.
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DaisyI
May 12, 2020 10:38 AM CST
Find a pot wider than tall - the potential to overwater a deeper pot is too great. I use tongs or twisted newspaper to hold onto cactus. A second set of hands is also helpful. Smiling The heavy wet cardboard sounds like a good way to break it up.

Use cactus mix but add about 1/3 perlite.
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Jpbogart
May 12, 2020 11:28 AM CST
Thank you everyone for the tips and information. I was able to successfully repot the plant without breaking any off and more importantly not getting myself stuck a few times. I did cut a piece off towards the root to see if I can get it to grow. Here's the final result.
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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
May 12, 2020 11:59 AM CST
You dont simply stick uncalloused cacti in the soil
Rooting doesnt work like that.
It needs to dry and heal...
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Jpbogart
May 12, 2020 12:16 PM CST
Should I wait a few days before putting it in the soil? Anything special I should do with it before planting it in the soil?
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skopjecollection
May 12, 2020 12:16 PM CST
Jpbogart said:Should I wait a few days before putting it in the soil? Anything special I should do with it before planting it in the soil?

Try weeks...+

Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
May 12, 2020 12:17 PM CST
Now you probably gotta clean it and disinfect it as well(shockingly almost everybody has disinfectant nearby these days)
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DaisyI
May 13, 2020 5:46 PM CST
Just wash off the dirt and stick it in a shady place for a couple weeks. Then, plant as little of the cactus in soil as you can, just making sure the calloused end makes good contact with the soil. Use bamboo stakes to hold it up until it roots - that may take months but as long as it doesn't rot, all is good. The soil needs to be as dry as possible but still have a wee bit of moisture to encourage rooting while discouraging rot.
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