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Montreal, QC (Zone 5a)
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Rockcozy
Jun 27, 2020 11:05 AM CST
Hi there, this is my first post in these forums and I'm embarrassed to show you these photos. I bought this cactus about 3 years ago and it was in a small terra cotta pot. I bought it at an outdoor market where it was sitting in the sun. I put it in my office window and within a couple of months the surface facing the window went brown and dry. I probably under-watered it plus it obviously got too much sun. I moved it to a different window that got a lot less sun and it sat there for 2.5 years, pinched down as you can see and put on more height but much narrower. So, probably not enough sun. At that time it was in a common space and I would guess it got watered too much.

After being alone in the office since late February, I finally took it home two weeks ago. I noticed it was leaning slightly. I gave it a good watering when I got home, then a week later I repotted it into a slightly wider, twice as deep pot with moistened soil and put it on a windowsill where it gets 3-4 hours of morning sun, not too intense, with bright diffuse light the rest of the day. The lean has since increased, maybe because I didn't pack it in well enough, but the plant stem is firm to the soil line.

I'm wondering if there is any way to give this cactus back its health, and what kind it is. I would be very grateful if anybody can identify it and give me any advice.

Best wishes and thank you all for your generosity in posting so much useful information on this forum!



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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
Jun 27, 2020 11:25 AM CST
Its an echinopsis. You can amputate the upper part, let it callous re root it, and grow both it and the stump(which should branch) in a lot more ligtht
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jun 27, 2020 11:56 AM CST

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Yes, it needs a lot more light. It should "see" the sun for hours a day year round if it will be indoors.
Montreal, QC (Zone 5a)
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Rockcozy
Jun 27, 2020 9:38 PM CST
Thank you so much skopjecollection and Baja_Costero.

Unfortunately I'm very north (climate zone 5a) so sunlight is a challenge for at least half the year and when it's sunny, it's also humid.

I'll give the poor guy a chop and post follow up pictures. Thanks
Montreal, QC (Zone 5a)
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Rockcozy
Jul 4, 2020 8:10 PM CST
Finally got up the nerve to cut the Echinopsis.

I'm planning to let the thin top callus over and try to root it. There is one small black spot, which is leathery and hard, so I don't think it's rot but I don't know what else it might be. If it gets proper sun levels, will it get thicker as it gets taller?

I threw away the bottle neck part.

The thick base has some sunburn but seems otherwise fine so I'm going to find a sunnier spot for it and hopefully see if it will send up some new stems.

Thanks again, really appreciate the help from knowledgable cactus growers!


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Montreal, QC (Zone 5a)
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Rockcozy
Oct 16, 2021 10:00 AM CST
A miracle has occurred.... after waiting over a year (watered every once in a while, sunny windowsill), some new growth appeared. Not the world's most beautiful plant but I'm pleased it's not dead. Thanks everyone for your advice.... last summer.

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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
Oct 16, 2021 11:14 AM CST
Hopefully it will do better this time
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Baja_Costero
Oct 16, 2021 11:41 AM CST

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Nice! Smiling
Name: Thea
Illinois (IL) (Zone 5b)
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antsinmypants
Oct 16, 2021 11:58 AM CST
Did you ever get the top part to root?

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