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Name: MaryJo Clement
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I have a crown of thorns plant that
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MaryJo
May 4, 2016 4:47 PM CST
I recently inherited a crown of thorns plant that was my mothers grandmothers. This plant is over 116 years old. I thought there were a couple of dead branches in it but now it's getting green buds on them . I am so nervous to repot this plant but it's in dire need of good soil and a bigger pot. Should I just use potting soil n some miracle grow? I cannot kill this plant!
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 4, 2016 5:55 PM CST
Welcome! Mary Jo! You are so lucky to have such an old plant in your family! I have a number of crown of thorns. I have all of mine in cactus mix that is very fast draining. I think the normal potting mixes stay too wet for too long. What color are the flowers on your plant?
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
May 4, 2016 6:21 PM CST
I agree, a good gritty mix should be fine. I would stay away from Miracle grow for such an old plant.
Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
May 4, 2016 7:13 PM CST
(Please do not use Miracle Gro.) Choose a good, sterilized mix that drains well.

You have an awesome piece of family history! How cool is that. Thumbs up

Thought- what about taking a cutting or two before you re-pot? Let them take hold, then you may be more relaxed when you re-pot the big plant.
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
May 4, 2016 7:23 PM CST
Good idea! Thumbs up
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
May 4, 2016 7:37 PM CST
AlyssaBlue said:(Please do not use Miracle Gro.) Choose a good, sterilized mix that drains well.

You have an awesome piece of family history! How cool is that. Thumbs up

Thought- what about taking a cutting or two before you re-pot? Let them take hold, then you may be more relaxed when you re-pot the big plant.


I agree
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Name: Daisy I
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May 4, 2016 8:00 PM CST
Replace the soil but not the pot. Use something like Miracle Grow Cactus and Palm but add a lot of perlite - up to half the volumn of the MG.

Don't pot up! New soil is all it needs. And lots of sunshine.

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Name: MaryJo Clement
Greeley
I have a crown of thorns plant that
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MaryJo
May 5, 2016 9:58 AM CST
plantmanager said: Welcome! Mary Jo! You are so lucky to have such an old plant in your family! I have a number of crown of thorns. I have all of mine in cactus mix that is very fast draining. I think the normal potting mixes stay too wet for too long. What color are the flowers on your plant?



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MaryJo Clement
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
May 5, 2016 10:35 AM CST
@MaryJo, thanks for the pic with the flowers! Very nice. Give it a lot of sunshine like Daisy said, and a bit of diluted fertilizer.
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