Repotting cactus looks to be tall, tall job

So, I need some help. I’ve got a cactus that badly needs

Cactus

I need to do something with this cactus before it breaks in half.

to be repotted, but I’m not sure how to go about it.

As you can see, it’s tall – almost 4 1/2 feet tall.

I know it needs to be in a bigger pot – the one it’s in is 8 inches wide and woefully inadequate. It used to have three stems, but at some point it got knocked around enough to bend one of them and eventually it rotted and fell off.

The two that are left sway when the stand/table the pot is on is bumped by someone (usually our beagle). I’m afraid that they also are going to break off if I don’t do something soon. The plant also is in front of a window that the dog constantly is running up to, looking out of, weaving around the stand it sits on.

The cactus does well in the light and I don’t really have any other spots in the house that would offer the same light but not have the problem with the dog.

I’m thinking that I should get a big enough pot that it can sit on the floor and be heavy enough that it won’t jiggle when bumped by the dog. But how big a pot should it be? Is there a thing as too big a pot?

Also, once I finally get the pot, how the heck do I transplant it without breaking the stems? One site I looked at talked about making a cactus-handling tool using salad or barbecue tongs to hold the stems still while transplanting.

Of course, the same site said to leave transplanting a tall cactus to a professional. Although I like my cactus, I don’t think I like it that much!

Please, gardening friends, I need some ideas for replanting! My cactus and I will be forever grateful.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. I’m a cactus killer. You do NOT want my advice on how to save one. LOL

  2. […] finally got my cactus replanted and it appears to have been successful. It wasn’t even as difficult as I thought it would be. […]

  3. Posted by Libby Keane on September 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Beautiful cactus. I had a giant cactus that needed re-potting too. This is what I did. Mine had hard spines, so I wore leather gloves, I gently laid the cactus and pot on it’s side on a couple of towels as cushion. Then I worked the cactus out of the pot while it was still laying on it’s side. I filled the new pot with a little bit of soil. Then gently picked up the de-potted cactus and placed it into its new pot. Then added soil around the plant to fill the pot. If your cactus is wobbly, try wrapping some burlap or newspaper around it first to help hold it together before taking it out of the pot. Let me know how you make out.

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