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Houston, Texas
Dec 30, 2017 6:33 PM CST
Hello Everyone - I was hoping to get some help or advice. I have this cactus (?) - I think I over watered it or didn't have proper drainage when I first got it. As a result - it got weak and keeled over. I was able to revive it - but the damage was done. It continues to grow but needs support. Any thoughts one reconstructive surgery? Can I prune (?) it and save either/both parts? Or should I just let it grow, let it grow, let it grow? Thanks in advance -

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Name: Shea Rodriguez
Sutherlin, OR (Zone 8b)
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Dec 30, 2017 6:53 PM CST
Remove the top segment immediately and put it into a good cactus potting soil, or sand mixed with a good loose mix, and let it start a new plant as you'll probably lose your mother plant. You will want to let your new segment dry and callus a bit before introducing water, and then only in sparing amounts until the roots start to produce. When a cactus gets stressed it'll start producing pups and segments like it's having a growing spurt, but it's really just the plant trying to preserve itself. In nature, that mother plant would fall over and the attached segment would root, producing a new plant. If the base of the mother plant feels mushy, toss it. If it feels solid and just looks kind of ill, leave it, don't water it and see if it recovers. Cactus are really resilient plants.
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Houston, Texas
Dec 30, 2017 7:07 PM CST
Thanks Servaline - I probably should have included a few more details. The over-watering/ damage occurred probably a year ago - both the bottom and the top of the cactus are firm and growing. It is sad - as both the top and the bottom segments are very nice - shapely - good color. I assume that it will not recover any further - so would you still suggest cutting it?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Dec 30, 2017 7:40 PM CST
CRD999, please see my comments in the Cactus and Succulent Forum.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost


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