A coworker just gave me a cactus
he has had for 3 years, which he kept outside sitting on his south-facing deck except during the winter. What kind of cactus is this? Cactus and succulent identification can be difficult. I've turned up possibilities including Echinopsis peruviana
, Cereus peruvianus
, and Trichocereus peruvianus
. (The last two links refer to some of the taxonomic controversy regarding peruvian cacti.)
Whatever the name, please look at how thin the base is
, and how bulbous the rest of the plant
. The plant seems very healthy, even though it has been growing in plain dark garden soil, not a cactus mix. A few questions at this point:
- Is this growth pattern normal? Is it common?
- Is this going to be a problem for the cactus, causing it to fall over without support?
- Should one artificially support a cactus like this, propping it up with rocks or something? Will that weaken it over time?
- Can one ever replant a cactus deeper than it was before? I've read recommendations against that.