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Hanover, NH
Apr 9, 2018 12:38 PM CST
I have a tall cactus in a window with a few tiny little babies at the bottom of the plant. The tall plant is leaning AWAY from the sun. Should I rotate the plant and if so, how often?
Name: Porkpal
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Apr 9, 2018 1:15 PM CST
1/4 turn per week is usually recommended. Somehow I doubt sun-avoidance is the cause of the lean, however.
Name: Baja
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Apr 9, 2018 3:03 PM CST
I rotate my cacti 1/2 turn every week or two. If the plant is leaning toward the light, you can aim the lean away from the sun and it will self-correct. If the plant is leaning just because it likes to lean, the orientation will make no difference.
Name: Will Creed
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Apr 10, 2018 11:54 AM CST
Your cactus might need to be repositioned slightly in its pot to make it vertical.
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