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My cactus fell over

Yorba Linda, CA

Today my entire Cactus ficus-indica (?) plant fell over on it's face. The temp. was 107 and I watered the garden yesterday morning. Does anyone know why this happened and if it's alright to stand it up and tie it to a stake?

This morning, I can see that the bottom pad broke in half.

I tried to post a picture but it didn't appear on the final message. How do I do this?

This message was edited Sep 15, 2012 9:35 AM

Mesa, AZ(Zone 9b)

Since the bottom pad did break, cut it off clean, let it callous over and replant it with some support. When watered, either with rain or irrigation, these plants often get too heavy for their own good. I have many arms brake off my big prickly pear cactus, plus I trim them back extensively ( a 90 gal trash can of pads cut off this spring) in the spring. This pruning allows some lower arms to grow thick and offer support for new growth.

Yorba Linda, CA

Thanks for the advice.

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