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Cactus
Posted by Carlye from Maryland on 2001-04-02 13:07:56

My grandmother had a cactus while I was growing up. The plant is at least 40 years old. My grandmother died and in the hustle of plenty of aunts and uncles, I only had the cactus to have to reminde me of my grandmother. I kill plants (don't mean to). I am so afraid I will kill the cactus. Please tell me how much sun it needs, how much water and why at it's base is it turning brown. The cactus is about 5 foot. I replanted it 3 months ago from the tiny pot she had it in. Anything anyone can tell me, I would be so thankful.
  • Cactus care
    Posted by Nan from Wi on 2001-04-05 13:44:35

    Quoting Carlye: ------------
    -My grandmother had a cactus while I was growing up. The plant is at least 40 years old. My grandmother died and in the hustle of plenty of aunts and uncles, I only had the cactus to have to reminde me of my grandmother. I kill plants (don't mean to). I am so afraid I will kill the cactus. Please tell me how much sun it needs, how much water and why at it's base is it turning brown. The cactus is about 5 foot. I replanted it 3 months ago from the tiny pot she had it in. Anything anyone can tell me, I would be so thankful.

    Carlye: Give your cactus as much sun as you can provide. Even place it outdoors during the summer...but if you do, expose it to the sun gradually. I live in Wisconsin, and put mine outdoors during the summer, they grow so much bigger/better outside! Best to have it in a clay pot, as a waterlogged cactus may rot easily. I let the soil in mine go absolutely dry before I water again. Also, be sure your pot has a drainage hole, and be sure the soil you use is a well draining type, perhaps with added perlite (even gravel, some say) or coarse sand. Good luck...I"m sure you'll do well....seems that cacti thrive on neglect rather than pampering. Oh, if the cactus is old, the browning at the bottom is just a part of it's aging.....if the brown portion is soft, however....you do likely have a rotting problem, which is another story!
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