Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: What to do with my cactus

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Simonetta123
Mar 4, 2018 4:17 AM CST
I've had this one for several years and he keeps growing. Fair play, I have neglected him but he's persevered. What can I do to improve the situation? He's not grown in a straight line and is leaning again the pot. Should I repot him, tie him to a supporting stick or chop off his top? Any advice would be welcome, I just want him to look a bit nicer. Thanks
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Name: Tofi
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tofitropic
Mar 4, 2018 4:33 AM CST
It depends on preference, I prefer fuller appearances, so I will cut this Euphorbia (trigona ?) half, and let it branched, (which it already sprouting).I will also let the top dry, calloused a bit, and then stick it near the mother plant, just like those little babies (cuttings ?) beside it.
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DaisyI
Mar 4, 2018 5:18 PM CST
It looks to be growing some new little "arms" below that lower skinny spot. I'm with Tofi - behead it at the lower skinny spot to encourage those new little branches to grow. Wear gloves when handling cut pieces of this plant as the white sap is a skin irritant.

Don't start taking better care of it (I agree, Euphorbia trigona) - neglect is why its survived. Smiling
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Mar 11, 2018 7:56 AM CST
So Simon, you neglected her. What did you do ? Beat her with a stick, to make her grow ! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing !!!

Seriously, now ! 😀 What ever your doing...... KEEP DOING IT 👍!

Don't know where you live, so I'll say, best to repot in spring.
To next size wider, shallower than standard pot.
The curvature of her, probably won't go away. So you might consider cutting her head off 😮, around half way. So you can get her sitting up straight, in her new pot.
To keep her growing straight. Give her a half turn of pot.
! That's !!!! Whenever, D'Oh! !!! You think about her 🤔??? 😀😀😀

They do like to grow crouded, you can decide if you want that look or not.

For soil, you want well draining soil.
Use equal parts catus soil, and perlite.👍
Just barely moisten the soil. Repot her, AND ! DONT waterer her for a week, thats so any broken root hairs can heal.👍
Now, please remember, after a week, to give her a drink. 😀

Then ! PLEASE !!! Resume your abusive care. 👍👍👍
I'm not kidding !!!

Send us a picture of her, when you get done. 😀😀😀
We like pictures.
Ttfn
Philip 😎😎😎







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