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To uproot or not to uproot: transporting big cacti

Travelling cross-country with a 3' tall cereus peruvianus montrose. It is top heavy with a 6" diameter trunk and probably 18" diameter crown. Should I uproot it and transport it lying flat swaddled in bubble wrap or heavily stake it and transport it standing up? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Sep 20, 2016 - 5 answers

Cactus experts needed

We have a Christmas Cactus that has been alive for many, many years. It recently has started to grow a few unusual nodule/bud things, and we haven't been successful at pinpointing exactly what they are from Internet research. Can anyone tell what these are, and if they are good/bad/indifferent? Two images here, one of the cactus and another with a close up of the thing.
posted by jason and the garlic knots on Jul 1, 2016 - 11 answers

Can you identify this cactus?

My partner desperately wants a cactus like this. It's the tentacle-like shape that he likes. Is this a particular variety of cactus, or just an unusually shaped... standard cactus? Thanks!
posted by torisaur on Jan 11, 2016 - 5 answers

Please help me not kill my cactus' baby

My beloved cactus has sprouted a baby and I think I need to remove it. Please help me not kill it. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Jan 1, 2016 - 6 answers

Will my tiny cacti survive for 10 days on their own?

I have a bunch of cacti that I am growing from seeds, and will be leaving for a 10 day vacation. They will be OK on their own, right? [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator on Aug 18, 2015 - 5 answers

Did I Kill This Beautiful Indoor Cactus?

This cactus has been with me since he was a tiny 1-foot tot, and now is now almost 4-feet tall. But have I killed it or is he in need of _______? [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Aug 4, 2015 - 4 answers

Non-dessert uses for prickly pear fruit

What can I do with prickly pear fruit that isn't a beverage and isn't a dessert? Are there any recipes that use it as a component in a savory dish? [more inside]
posted by dilaudid on Jul 15, 2015 - 8 answers

My succulent died. Tell me how to not kill my next succulent

I've had this succulent for a few months and all was well. Suddenly, after looking totally normal the whole time, I returned from a few days out of town to find it in a very sad state. [more inside]
posted by arm426 on Aug 14, 2014 - 6 answers

Can i heal this dying cactus?

The house I live in was flipped and landscaped with these cactuses before we moved in. The largest one seems to be dying. It looks rotten in the center and even has some mold. I suspect the recent heavy rains and lack of good drainage. The question I have is two fold: Is it possible to fix this guy, or is he a goner? If I do replace the plant, what kind of plant is it, and how should i prevent this from happening again? Here are some pictures of the plant.
posted by jonclegg on Jun 1, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me give this hoof pride of place

Can I turn this cow hoof yerba mate mug into a succulent/cactus planter? Pics inside! [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Jan 28, 2014 - 7 answers

I think I've given home to Audrey III

I have a cactus which I believe to be an ostropuntia subulata monstrose (pic of one that looks just like mine). It didn't grow for years, and now it's growing astonishingly quickly. Why? And what can I do to help it along? Any tips? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Oct 30, 2013 - 10 answers

I thought cacti were easy

I decided to pick up one of those 2.5" Golden Barrel cacti from Lowe's. And.... apparently I need to repot it and use certain soils and and and.... help? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Apr 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Possibly a Prickly Peruvian

What kind of cactus did I just adopt? A Replanting Challenge [more inside]
posted by General Tonic on Oct 26, 2012 - 2 answers

I will hug him (ouch!) and squeeze him (crap!) and I will name him George.

I went a little nuts at Home Depot last night and bought 7 tiny cacti/succulents. Please help me to not kill them. [more inside]
posted by Gonestarfishing on Oct 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Jumping cholla batman!

Where can I legally collect cholla cactus wood in the Palm Springs area? [more inside]
posted by eddydamascene on Aug 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Is there hope for my cactus?

I have a little cactus on my desk. I don't know what kind it is. For the last several months, it's looked just fine. This morning, it's turned a brownish-green and started wilting. Is it just dead suddenly, or is there something I can do to save it? Here's a picture of it.
posted by faustessa on Aug 7, 2012 - 10 answers

What are the names of these plants?

Identify this plant. [more inside]
posted by Wanderlust88 on Aug 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Can you identify this succulent?

What succulent is this? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Nov 17, 2011 - 2 answers

Tipsy cactus, go boom

Dear MeFi houseplanters and succulent enthusiasts, can you help me identify my treasured, overgrown cactus, and help me keep it upright? [more inside]
posted by Sayuri. on Nov 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Can you put a name to Grandma's cactus?

Can anyone ID this incredibly fragrant, night blooming cactus for me? Bonus points for propagation tips. Photos: 1 2 3 4 [more inside]
posted by buggzzee23 on Jul 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Cactus Planting?

Planting this plant: How? [more inside]
posted by Marky on Apr 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Identify my cactus things!

I was given a couple little plants. They're succulents or cacti. Can you tell me what they are? I took a picture. [more inside]
posted by floam on Feb 9, 2010 - 8 answers

What are and how do I obtain miniature cacti?

Are miniature cacti just younger plants or do they have their own name or classification? Awhile ago I saw some tiny (~1 in. apiece) cacti for sale in a big box garden/home supply store, but am not having luck finding them online (getting a lot of hits for dollhouse miniatures, etc). I would like to buy some but know neither the right terminology to use, nor where I'd buy them. I've already browsed several online cacti stores w/o success. Thanks for your help tracking this down!
posted by artifarce on Nov 21, 2009 - 8 answers

Cacti experts, help!

I have some questions about cacti. First, can you help me identify the awesome cactus my boss' husband gave me? It looks exactly like this one (though that's someone else's photo). [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Nov 19, 2009 - 3 answers

Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw.

Where can I get prickly pear cactus fruit in New York City? And when is it likely to be found? I'm looking to procure roughly 5 to 6 pounds of the fruit.
posted by Greg Nog on May 11, 2009 - 8 answers

Where can I buy a mail-order boojum tree?

Where can I buy a mail-order boojum tree? [more inside]
posted by Gneisskate on Oct 9, 2008 - 2 answers

Is my cactus sick?

My cactus has developed a couple of lesions on its body and all along its base (where it enters the soil). They look like brown, dry patches. I have been keeping it in the window sill at all times and I've only watered it twice in the 5 weeks that I've owned it. Does anyone know what these lesions are? Is my cactus sick? Is there any way that I can save it?
posted by saslett on Sep 24, 2008 - 2 answers

Cactusfilter: How do I bring 200+ cactuses back to full health and keep them alive for the winter?

I've inherited a greenhouse and it is full of cactuses and succulents. I would very much like to keep them alive and healthy but I do not know where to begin! How can I become a cactus caretaker? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis on Sep 21, 2008 - 4 answers

What succulent is this?

What sort of cactus or succulent did I buy? [more inside]
posted by andeles on Jul 16, 2008 - 7 answers

What are your recipes for prickly pear?

Prickly Pear -- The official state plant of Texas. How do you prepare them? [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Jul 12, 2008 - 12 answers

Grow little buddy, grow!

How do I get started with germinating cactus seeds? [more inside]
posted by the dief on Mar 7, 2008 - 7 answers

What is this succulent?

What is this cute little succulent and where can I get one? [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi on Feb 20, 2008 - 6 answers

What are these alien plants?

Help me identify my small collection of succulents. [more inside]
posted by puffin on Feb 9, 2008 - 12 answers

Mystery cactus

Help identify this cactus! [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Jul 12, 2007 - 2 answers

Transplanting Cactus

Can I transplant cacti from a 1" clay pot to a 4" successfully? Is this too big of a size jump?
posted by kc0dxh on Mar 22, 2006 - 8 answers

ordering flowering cactus or flowers online

Looking for recommendations on ordering a flowering cactus or some flowers online for someone recuperating from surgery. I'm trying to stay under $60 if possible. The person is in Baldwinsville NY, which I believe is in the Syracuse (?) area. I'd like to place an order this evening.
posted by yoga on Aug 31, 2005 - 8 answers

Cactus Survival!

Can I keep this cactus from dying? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by emmling on Feb 25, 2004 - 3 answers

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