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Questions About Organ Pipe Cactus

Asked by
Anonymous on
September 5, 2011

Q. Organ Pipe Cactus

One of the arms of my in ground cactus is getting tall (10 feet) and is hitting the wall of our house. Can I cut it in half and plant the limb for a new cactus? If so, what is the best way to do it?

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 2, 2013

Q. What Are Guidelines for Trimming Organ Pipe Cactus

What are the steps for trimming an Organ Pipe cactus?

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
March 2, 2013
A.

This cactus is very slow growing, but can reach a 10 foot diameter in 150 years. If it has been planted too close to it's neighbor, someone didn't take later growth into consideration.
To trim an arm, (branch) on this cactus, you should use a very sharp saw and cut as close to the base of the plant as possible.
If you are asking about trimming the entire plant, this is what I would suggest. If the plant is too tall, and there is a subspecies that grows to only 10' tall, take out the tallest arms. DO NOT saw off the arms to shorten the plant. The plant will initiate new growth at the injury site. The new growth will be too heavy and weigh the arm down, causing more injury, or an unsightly appearance.

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Asked by
Sudermanj8 on
April 8, 2016

Q. Organ pipe cactus

What are the fluffs of cotton where the thorns should be?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 9, 2016
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This is likely Scale pests.

They can be scraped away from the plant.

Neem Oil can also be used to treat Scale.
Here are some links with more information.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/organ-pipe-cactus/organ-pipe-cactus-care.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
Ken Speaks on
May 15, 2017

Q. organ pipe catus

my organ pipe catus is in a pot out side and is starting to turn brownish purple on the top section. what can be wrong. It has been out side for about two years with no problem.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 16, 2017
Certified Expert
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The Organ Pipe Cactus does turn grey as it matures and ages.

This article has more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/organ-pipe-cactus/organ-pipe-cactus-care.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 26, 2017

Q. Organ pipe cactus

One of my pipes broke off mid cactus; can I plant the broken piece and if so, does the end have to dry out first?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 27, 2017
Certified Expert
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Yes, you can propagate your Cactus piece.

This article will help you with this task.

https://extension.arizona.edu/sites/extension.arizona.edu/files/pubs/az1483.pdf

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Asked by
bbenedict27 on
October 30, 2017

Q. A mature organ pipe cactus where limbs are starting to fall over

I have a mature old organ pipe cactus and in this last year many of the limbs are starting to fall over. Was wondering what can I do in this case? Is it normal for them to do this? Or do I have a problem such as over or under watering? thanks!

Answered by
BushDoctor on
October 30, 2017
Certified Expert
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This actually sounds like a case of over-watering. These are very drought tolerant, and will not tolerate "wet feet" for very long. I would let the potting material dry out pretty well in between waterings. You might apply a few drops of rosemary oil in the water for the next watering, just in case an infection is trying to start in.

Here is an article for more information on this cactus: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/organ-pipe-cactus/organ-pipe-cactus-care.htm

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Asked by
1aaoen on
January 18, 2018

Q. Organ pipe

My organ pipe cactus has a problem on one arm
See photo.
Where is wrong and how do I fix it?
Thank you.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
January 18, 2018
Certified Expert
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It looks like it has sustained damage at one time. If this spot doesn't spread, then it will not harm the cactus. If it is spreading, then it could be an infection. If this is the case, then I would recommend applying peroxide to the wound. Also use some wettable sulfur around the base according to the instructions on the package.

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