Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Advice for my White Bunny Ears cactus

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krystenr1
Jul 16, 2017 3:56 PM CST
I went out of town for 11 days and left my plants in the hands of a friend, and upon my return, my cactus is looking a little floppy. It seemed as though so of the branches could handle the weight of all of their pads, so I trimmed as suggested in this thread and stuck the trimmed pads into the soil. But now I'm noticing that some of the pads are developing spots that look like scarring? Or is this just new growth coming in? Can anyone tell me?


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Hamwild
Jul 16, 2017 6:07 PM CST
The floppiness to me suggest overwatering. The spots to me suggest edema, which is where the tissue sucked up too much water (in a nut shell). Prickly pear is prone to that I think. Not much you can do about edema.
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DaisyI
Jul 17, 2017 8:09 PM CST
This thread just started so I don't know who suggested you trim... Confused

Yes, your friend overwatered. Next time, put "DON'T WATER" signs in all your cactus. Eleven days is not that long for a cactus to go un-watered.
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Baja_Costero
Jul 18, 2017 11:35 AM CST

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Here is the previous thread.

The thread "What is the best soil to plant an Angel Wings cactus in?" in Cactus and Tender Succulents forum

I wouldn't worry about the white parts if they don't get too big and they can't be rubbed off.

The more pads you have rooted in that pot, the sooner the whole thing will need to be repotted. Not at all to discourage your approach, just to look a bit into the future needs of the plant.
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krystenr1
Jul 19, 2017 12:58 PM CST
Okay thanks everyone! How often would you suggest watering? I was doing once a month but perhaps that is too much?
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DaisyI
Jul 19, 2017 2:52 PM CST
Don't water on a schedule - water when the plant needs a drink. There are a lot of ways to tell when that might be. But, until you learn your plant's needs, you might want to use a water meter.
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krystenr1
Aug 24, 2017 12:28 PM CST
I thought you guys might like to see how this plant has been doing since I last posted pictures of it. We have since moved to a new house and the cactus is putting off lots of new growth. When should I repot? Also, I kind of winged it on soil last time and would love to hear suggestions on ideal soil. It's currently potted in a soil recommended for cactus and succulents, and I added extra perlite and then put black sand on the top of the soil as well. Does that all seem unnecessary or not enough? Thanks!


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Baja_Costero
Aug 24, 2017 4:44 PM CST

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Maybe wait until spring to repot. Choose a pot that's maybe 2 inches wider but not much deeper (or underfill if your only option is deeper). Your cactus soil plus perlite sounds good. The sand on top is fine if it's not very deep/thick.

Normally I like to use bigger rocks (~ 1/4 inch) for top dressing as they allow more efficient evaporation. But that really should not be an issue in the unglazed clay pot, which will lose most of its moisture through the sides rather than the top, anyway. Does that make sense?

Watch your plant in the late fall and winter to make sure it is getting good light in its new location. The shape of the pads will tell you this. If they are tall and skinny (relative to the ones below them) then they need more light. That looks like an excellent perch and the plant is definitely thriving under your care. Thumbs up
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krystenr1
Aug 24, 2017 5:53 PM CST
Thank you so much for the excellent advice! With the new pads growing - they do appear long and skinny like you mentioned - is this how they appear when they are immature? Will they get rounder as they grow or is this already an indication that it's not getting enough light in this east-facing window? If you suggest a move, I could relocate it outside to my backyard, which is all southern sun exposure, but it's SO bright out there it has sunburned most of my succulents to the point of death for some of them.
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Baja_Costero
Aug 24, 2017 6:18 PM CST

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Be real careful with the sun outside. East should be good this time of year indoors. Those baby pads have yet to mature to the point where you can say much about them, I think.
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krystenr1
Aug 24, 2017 6:26 PM CST
Baja_Costero said:Be real careful with the sun outside. East should be good this time of year indoors. Those baby pads have yet to mature to the point where you can say much about them, I think.


Okay great thank you!

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