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Faridat
Jan 30, 2018 4:12 AM CST
Hello all cacti lovers! I had bought a cactus some months ago and one of the siblings was rather unstable. In closer inspection I realized it has minimun root system, almost nothing there. I don't know if they rotted out and dissipated, but the cactus itself doesn't have a rot problem. I can't leave it or it will fall off the pot. What to do now?
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plantmanager
Jan 30, 2018 11:36 AM CST
Carefully remove it, let it sit and dry for a few days, and then pot it up by itself. Keep it pretty dry until you can see some growth, and then water as you normally would for a cactus.
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DaisyI
Jan 30, 2018 11:50 AM CST
If it has no cuts, you shouldn't need to let it dry but you will have to stake it in place until it roots. A wobbly plant can't root.
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Greenhouse Sempervivums Bromeliad
Adeniums Garden Ideas: Level 1 Tropicals Xeriscape Garden Art Plumerias
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plantmanager
Jan 30, 2018 11:56 AM CST
I figured it might have a good root or two and still be wobbly.
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DaisyI
Jan 30, 2018 12:02 PM CST
That's true and what's keeping it from having more roots is the constant moving. Instead of removing it fromt the current pot and disturbing the few roots it has, it would be better to stake it firmly in place until it grows more roots.
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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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Greenhouse Sempervivums Bromeliad
Adeniums Garden Ideas: Level 1 Tropicals Xeriscape Garden Art Plumerias
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plantmanager
Jan 30, 2018 12:03 PM CST
Ok, I see what you mean. That would do the trick.
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DaisyI
Jan 30, 2018 12:40 PM CST
Thumbs up
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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Greece (Zone 10b)
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Faridat
Jan 31, 2018 4:46 PM CST
Thank you very much @plantmanager and @Daisyl for all the help! I will try my best with this little fella. Never had one do this before.
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us."
Robin Wall Kimmerer

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