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    Hi folks...

    I have this cactus that I have had for years. I have no idea what kind it is, just your typical cactus. Well, a few weeks ago I realized the roots were coming out from the bottom of the pot, so I repotted it. Well, let me tell you... I have 16 new arms growing off this plant! I was wondering if there is a way of stabilizing the plant since it seems to be top heavy, and it seems to sway back and forth in the pot, so how would I anchor it down? I know with orchids and other plants a stake is used, but would that work on a cactus?

    Does anyone know anything about removing an arm and replanting it? (I am taking about cacti still, not body parts)

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    Hi Megan

    Just cut the "arms" off where they join to the mother plant.
    Let them sit for a couple of days so that the point where they were cut has a chance to dry out. You may want to dust it with some fungicide (powder is better than a liquid spray for cacti).

    Then plant the arm and it will probably grow. Again you can use a rooting hormone if you want but they aren't that hard to grow.

    Cheers, Troy.

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    Thanx Troy.

    What about stabalizing? Do you have any suggestions? I would hate to see the plant topple over!

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    Not sure if an orchid stake would work...no...

    What you may want to try is making the base of the plant/pot area heavier--to lower the center of gravity. Next time you repot the plant, you'll want to include heavy materials in the mix like lava rock, gravel, grits. And use a clay pot--they're heavier than plastic.

    Until then, avoid placing the plant in a windy/breezy area/window. And you may want to place clean stones on the soil surface, which can be removed and then replaced when you water the plant.

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    Hmmm, have done all that already. I guess I need to keep my fingers crossed that it stays put. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img]

    Thanx anyway!

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