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Chili123
Jun 11, 2020 6:05 AM CST
Hi there. A couple of months ago I removed the moon cactus top when I noticed rotting in the stock. Luckily the stock plant (which I'm assuming is a dragon fruit cactus) started growing again. The problem I have now is that it is only growing from one side and I'm scared the pot will eventually tip over.

Is there any way to promote grown on the other side of the cactus?

If I repot it into a bigger pot, can I cover up the main stock plant and leave only a bit exposed?

Just curious but if I cut the new growth near some of the air roots, and replant it, will the roots grow and make a new plant? I know that air roots don't act like normal roots so I'm thinking this approach isn't correct?

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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jun 11, 2020 9:17 AM CST

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The plant needs more light. Look at the difference in width between the original stem and the new growth. That tells you the new growth is stretching. Before you do anything, find a position where the plant can "see" the sun for hours a day. Right in front of your sunniest unobstructed southerly-facing window would be ideal. Point the new growth away from the light and you may stimulate a new branch and/or convince the current one to turn toward the light. If you repot, don't bury the main stem below where it currently is. I don't think you will get anything useful from cutting the branch and starting a new plant, because it will be too weak to hold up any weight.

Chili123
Jun 11, 2020 11:18 AM CST
Thanks I'll try your suggestions.
Name: Charline
Toronto (Zone 5b)
Charlinex
Jun 11, 2020 11:39 AM CST
You may also consider to stake the plant.
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DaisyI
Jun 11, 2020 12:14 PM CST
Dragon fruits don't naturally grow up, they would rather scramble around on the ground.
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Jun 11, 2020 4:09 PM CST

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They do prefer to climb, given something to climb on, instead of scrambling around on the ground, but they are definitely messy plants.
Name: Charline
Toronto (Zone 5b)
Charlinex
Jun 11, 2020 4:45 PM CST
Dragon fruit is a climbing vine. If you don't like to have a messy plant, pruning will likely help.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 11, 2020 5:04 PM CST
Baja_Costero said:They do prefer to climb, given something to climb on, instead of scrambling around on the ground, but they are definitely messy plants.


Ok, not self supporting. In Hawaii, the only place I have seen them grow wild, there aren't a lot of things to climb so, all over rocks, on walls and on the ground.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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