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Help repotting cactus #712891

Asked August 13, 2020, 12:51 PM EDT

I am housesitting for a friend and he asked if I would repot his cactus. Would you please advise what size of pot, what kind of soil I should use and if I should maintain the support sticks? Seems to me like this plant wants to hang more than stand. Thank you

Allegany County New York

Expert Response

Thank you for your question. It appears to be a rat tail cactus that can trail, but it needs to sit on some structure that allows it to 'fall.' http://pss.uvm.edu/pss123/cacaporo.html Here is how to repot it: https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=28651 Good luck!
Kristena LaMar Replied August 13, 2020, 2:35 PM EDT
Thank you, Kristena. Much Appreciated!

The Question Asker Replied August 13, 2020, 3:35 PM EDT
Welcome!
Kristena LaMar Replied August 13, 2020, 3:41 PM EDT
Hi again Kristena, If you don't mind, I have a follow up question.

Is it better to repot this 'rat tail' cactus in a manner that it can hang, or is it ok to 
repot and keep its current form, moving up vertically?

Thanks again for your informative reply!

Alejandro 


The Question Asker Replied August 13, 2020, 9:54 PM EDT
It grows naturally hanging down, and I'd suggest following nature's lead.
Kristena LaMar Replied August 13, 2020, 9:58 PM EDT
Very well, thank you!! :)


The Question Asker Replied August 13, 2020, 10:08 PM EDT
You're most welcome (and its owner can always prop it up!)
Kristena LaMar Replied August 13, 2020, 10:11 PM EDT

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