My totem pole cactus crashed down following our recent rain and wind here in the Phoenix area. I've let it lay now for about a week and have pulled the dirt back from the exposed roots. My biggest concern is trying to prevent any breaks in the roots from rotting...then trying to figure out how I'm going to get the darn thing put back in position.
Do you think I need to dig down to expose more of the larger roots still covered with dirt? I'm a little concerned with what will happen to the roots, and whether they'll break, when we try to push the cactus back up to its original position. This cactus had been established for about 10 years so it had a pretty good root system. The native soil is a clay mix and still pretty wet --- Should I wait to move the cactus up until the soil is dry and the weather is warmer? I'm thinking that I'll need to build some sort of structure for support around the cactus once it's up.
I'd be grateful for any ideas or suggestions on how to handle this.