How do I remove a top of a Cactus that fell over and bent this fall?

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  • Just chop it off.

  • Vivian Vivian on Oct 21, 2018

    Depending on what type of cactus cutting off the top may kill the plant. If it a Christmas cactus then snip away then stick the cuttings in some dirt and start new plants. If your cactus is a type with needles like a barrel cactus it could kill the plant.

    • Betty Betty on Oct 21, 2018

      Mexican Fencepost Cactus. About 7ft. Approx 2ft bent over. Currently have it propped against bookcase

  • Sue Peet Sue Peet on Oct 21, 2018

    Also remember to wear gloves to protect yourself from getting pricked.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 21, 2018

    What kind of cactus is it? What is the aprox size of the portion that fell off?

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    • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 22, 2018

      OK. I had the top fall off of saguaro in my yard, but

      let me get this right first:


      -It is aprox 2 foot long (from a former 7 foot height) but aprox how wide, or what is the circumference of the piece?


      - Did the top 2 foot portion actually already fall off, and is it on the ground propped up against a bookshelf? or is the top 2 foot portion just bent over dangling?


      -Where is the plant, indoors or outdoors? Is it in a pot or in the ground?

  • Vivian Vivian on Oct 22, 2018

    https/world of succulents.com/pachycereus. I am having trouble with the link but World of succulents.com has great care instruction. You can apparently cot off branches let the ends dry then pot it . Check out the site I think the top should heal but I can’t be absolutely sure. But the top that you cut should start roots when it’s end drys.

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