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My cactus is horribly lopsided. Help?

Asked by deni (22665points) January 10th, 2011


I bought a hanging cactus plant (which can be scene at my home in Beijing here) and it just keeps getting more crooked. It’s not a huge deal but its a pain to water it because if I don’t balance it out the water spills everywhere and I usually get pinched a bunch trying to balance it in the first place. And it would look less like trash if it wasn’t at a 45 degree angle and completely lopsided and uneven.

Just wondering if there is anyway to balance it out a bit, THANKS IN ADVANCE.

Edit: I should add that I did try rotating it to try to get it to grow back towards the sun but this did not help at all.

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Cruiser's avatar

Maybe I am missing something here but I would rotate the pot so the other side get some sun exposure and once it balances out a bit rotate the pot gradually every watering to keep your plants even all around.

deni's avatar

@Cruiser I forgot to mention. I already did that. Probably…2 months ago. I think I’ve had it for 3 or so months. Nothing changed.

bob_'s avatar

Maybe it is sad. Did you give it an appropriate name?

ucme's avatar

I can’t offer any practical help, but i’d just like to say that thing is awesome! Has the look of Medusa’s head…..kind of.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I can’t help either but thank you for making me laugh :)

Vunessuh's avatar

I vote sad cactus, although it shouldn’t be sad because that’s one fucking awesome looking cactus.

faye's avatar

That is one amazing cactus!! What if you put it on the floor for awhile with the small side facing the sun?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

How old is it and how fast does it grow? As a last gasp you could cut it back. It may be getting misshappen from old age and that might rejuvenate it.

deni's avatar

@faye If I put it on the floor I feel like the arms might break? They’re pretty sturdy and I’d have to bend them…but maybe I’ll try.

@Adirondackwannabe I bought it like 4 months ago from a hardware Lowes-type store around here with a great plant section…so I doubt it’s old age…

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I’ll look in my plant books and get back to you if I find out anything.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

I have a feeling that it’s not so much unbalanced as it is top-heavy. That is, it’s a relatively small pot (which is probably allowed to dry, since it’s a cactus) which makes the bottom even lighter compared to the plant material, and since it’s a succulent, those arms are loaded with water.

So the only permanent way to fix this, I think, is to make the pot itself considerably heavier. You may need to re-evaluate the entire hanger, or whether it even can continue to hang, depending on what you’re hanging it from.

Jude's avatar

This picture cracked me up.

Seelix's avatar

The question made me laugh. The details made me laugh. The picture made me guffaw.

I don’t have a solution for you, but I wish you and your crazy cactus the best of luck.

faye's avatar

Keep us in the loop- I’d love to know how the cactus gets on.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

@deni, you need to meet syz.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Is it a single plant, or are there multiple plants in the pot? You could try repotting it and turning some of the plants around, breaking up the clumps.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@deni Looks like it may be an aporocactus family member and they don’t grow symetrically, from what I could find. They like filtered sunlight and a big pot with plenty of room and they grow fairly fast. Right now they would be in their dormant period, so not a lot of water, but when they’re growing actively they like a surprising amount of moisture and a fairly rich soil for a cactus. No standing water ever. Turn the cactus so it’s unfilled side is towards the light and it should fill in a little better in the Spring. Any questions let me know.

deni's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Thanks! That’s how it is now…I think the pic I posted was taken before I rotated it. I guess I’ll just leave it for a few months and see what happens. I fear replanting it for a few reasons….1. I’m not very experienced with plants and I don’t wanna be its downfall…and 2. a few small little cactus nubs have sprouted in the soil!!!!!!!! I feel like such a proud parent….Anyhow thank you again!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@deni If you want to start another they’re relatively easy to propogate. Cut one of the pieces off, let dry for three days and stick in cactus soil.

wilma's avatar

I love it just the way it is!
I laughed, it’s cool!

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