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Jun 1, 2020 6:55 AM CST
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Hi can anybody tell me why my cactus has flopped over and how to look after it, do I just let it eventually rest on the floor, or maybe put them in a trough?? Thank you for your help.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jun 1, 2020 2:53 PM CST

Was it a sudden flop or a gradual flop? It looks like it may be getting sunburned.

There's really nothing you can do for it. I have a Mammillaria that flops in a simular way but it was a very gradual flop so hasn't sunburned.
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Jun 1, 2020 4:17 PM CST
I'm not sure if you've been rotating the plant, but maybe it has been growing toward the light. At this point it will keep growing sideways, but maybe (depending on the species) you could have avoided or delayed the lean with regular rotation. Just a thought. I think the plant will be fine. You might consider putting something underneath to support it, so it doesn't pull itself out of the pot.


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