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Grand Forks
Apr 13, 2017 2:49 PM CST
I have a long eared hairy cacti and I noticed it has been leaning towards the window. Should I be concerned? Any help to get the name of this plant would be great, so I could research it better.
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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Apr 13, 2017 3:01 PM CST
Cant help with ID (maybe a type of Opuntia?) but can recommend that you rotate the pot a couple times a week which may even out the leaning eventually. I basically rotate clockwise a quarter of a turn every couple of days. Try it and see if it works. You may see a pattern emerge and rotate accordingly.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Apr 13, 2017 3:16 PM CST
First ! Get it out of that pot, your never going to be able to transplant out of that pot. Also, be shure to to pot it in some well draining soil. Equal parts potting soil and washed sand, works for me. Thumbs up

Have you tried turning it around 180 degrees ? Thumbs up
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Apr 13, 2017 3:18 PM CST
Could that be Hairy Roger? Opuntia engelmanni v. broskowitzii?
Name: Will Creed
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Apr 15, 2017 10:38 AM CST
In stronger light, the leaf stems would be thicker and stronger and less likely to lean over. To deal with the leaning leaf stem, you can either prune it back of you can use some thin, soft sting or yarn to tie it to a nearby leaf stem. If you try to repot it, you will regret it.
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Apr 15, 2017 11:16 AM CST
The plant is reaching for light. Very normal when all the light comes from one direction (windowsill situation). Rotate the plant 180° when you water, to avoid more of this without having to think too hard about it. Smiling

It is also stretching. See how the pads on top are longer and skinnier than the ones at the bottom? That's a sign the plant is not getting enough light. Try to provide the sunniest location you have, with hours of sun through a window (reflected light is good but not enough). Stretching is irreversible and leads to a weakening of the stem, which can fall later under its own weight. The combination of stretching and leaning which you've got going on is a recipe for instability. You could prune your plant back to the bottom pads if you had to, and it would come back again. Wear gloves because the spines look sort of serious.

If you move the plant outside, be very very careful with direct sun this time of year. Bright shade would be ideal for starters, or filtered light, then maybe every 2-4 weeks a bit more sun. Gradual accommodation like that helps avoid sun stress and sun stroke.
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