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AmandaJ
Dec 7, 2017 8:33 AM CST
I recently rescued an orchid cactus from the free shelf at walmart. I don't know much about these plants. The tops seem to be dried and calloused. What can I do to help it and what kind of care does it need through the winter?
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Dec 7, 2017 10:51 AM CST
Top got broke off. It will branch off
You can cut breaks off straight, but not necessary.
Get some well draining soil. Half part cactus mix, and other half, perlite, with grit.
Repot it in same pot, unless she is root bound. Gently get most of original soil from roots . Barely dampen new soil, repot, AND !!! Don't water for at least a week !!!
Maybe longer.
Give lots of sun, if in house. Slowly introduce to sun, if outside.
Let you know about watering, but need to know if she's gonna be inside or outside plant . 👍
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AmandaJ
Dec 7, 2017 11:02 AM CST
Thank you for your reply. I'll be keeping it inside until spring. I'm uploading a picture with this. Should I cover these growths when I replant it?
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DaisyI
Dec 7, 2017 1:14 PM CST
I wouldn't replant it. First, because orchid cactus are epiphytic so a bigger pot is not what it needs. Second, its hard to transplant a cactus in the winter and be successful as they go dormant (cactus should only be transplanted during active growth). Keep it on the dry side in a sunny window. In the spring, it will branch from .... who knows. Then you can decide if you want to prune it or not.
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WillC
Dec 7, 2017 4:09 PM CST
I agree with Daisy about not repotting it. However, I've had a different experience with mine by not giving them a dormant period. As with many plants, there is more than one way to care for them.
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AmandaJ
Dec 7, 2017 4:20 PM CST
So basically I should just leave it alone and water it occasionally when it gets dry? I would like to move it into a different pot eventually because it's still in the plastic a container. When would be a good time to do that?
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WillC
Dec 7, 2017 4:26 PM CST
Make sure it gets lots of good sunlight when indoors. There is nothing inherently wrong with the plastic pot. If you don't like the way it looks, you can simply put that pot inside a pot that you find more attractive. That way you don't disturb the roots unnecessarily.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Dec 8, 2017 10:04 AM CST
Howdy Amanda I tip my hat to you. I agree
When you do repot , plant at same depth, as it is now. The Browning at bottom is called Corking, it's like when bark forms on a tree.
So ?humm🤔??? Why don't they call it : Barking ? Beats me. Shrug!

Since your a beginner, be very stingy with water. I water mine every 6 weeks . Cati will actually tell you. They will start to shrivel.
Then , bottom water her. That's, put her in a bucket of water, just below top of pot, and let her soak up water from bottom for 20 minutes.
Then let pot drain completely before putting her in saucer.

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JB
Dec 31, 2017 12:22 PM CST
Sorry, I posted on this forum not realizing it was Ask a Question. I was looking for the Orchid Cactus Forum....Happy New Year.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 31, 2017 2:16 PM CST
I don't know that there is an Ochid Cactus Forum but we do have this:

https://garden.org/forums/view...
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ctcarol
Dec 31, 2017 3:14 PM CST
There is an Epiphyllum forum.
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DaisyI
Dec 31, 2017 3:40 PM CST
Oh! Didn't think of looking under Epiphyllum. Smiling
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tx_flower_child
Dec 31, 2017 3:43 PM CST
Free? You got that for free? At a big box store? I'm impressed.

I agree that you shouldn't repot it. As Will said, if you don't like the look of the plastic pot then just place the pot inside a bigger pot that you do like. Easy peasy.

One other thing that I don't think anyone mentioned is that you can put some water in a spray bottle and give the plant -- but not the soil -- a little spritz from time to time.

Personally, being the nonexpert that I am, I would not ever soak that plant for 20 minutes as previously suggested. I can maybe see doing that with other types of plants but not with what you have. However, I could be wrong.

I see that someone else posted while I was typing. So apologies if I'm repeating or contradicting anything.

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