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Belgrade, Serbia
Vladojica
Oct 15, 2017 11:56 AM CST
I don't know what kind of cactus is this, and I don't have idea how to cultivate it. It seems that it grows uncontrollably in all directions. I have it around 3 years, and water it once a week. It was very small at the beginning.

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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
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plantmanager
Oct 15, 2017 12:00 PM CST
I'm not sure what it is...possibly an Opuntia. The poor baby needs lots more light, and less water. It is severely etiolated. If it was mine, I'd cut off all of the pieces and put it in much brighter light and let it re-grow. It'll be much prettier!
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Belgrade, Serbia
Vladojica
Oct 15, 2017 12:17 PM CST
Thank you on your answer! How often should I water it? What kind of soil? Can you explain me what do you mean by cutting all pieces? I didn't cut anything until now. I don't have any experience in plant growing...
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Adeniums Orchids Tropicals Plumerias
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plantmanager
Oct 15, 2017 12:22 PM CST
First, I'd re-pot it into a good cactus mix, or if you have potting soil, use it and add 50% perlite or pumice to it for good drainage. I'd leave about an inch of the plant. Cut the rest off because it will not recover and look good. If it's indoors, you could water when it's bone dry, or about every 2 to 3 weeks. Do you have a bright windowsill where you could put it? If you don't have bright windows maybe you could get a plant grow light? Good luck!
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Belgrade, Serbia
Vladojica
Oct 15, 2017 1:04 PM CST
Yes, I have a bright windowsill, and when I cut it, and it starts to grow again, should I expect it to grow straight upwards somehow (by further cutting), how it should look when it is properly grown? Should it be more like a tree, or more like it is now?

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