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Q.Watering Cactus Plants

Zone 8740 Pittem Belgium | Anonymous added on November 15, 2020 | Answered

The paddles of my opuntia cactus fall aside, they don’t stand up. Is that a watering problem? If so, what should I do?

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Answered on November 17, 2020

Looking at these photos, I suspect your cactus is not getting enough sunlight. You may want to give them some artificial light over the winter.

It could be a watering problem, but they tend to have the same response to overwatering as they do to underwatering.

Here's some info on watering: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/scgen/watering-cactus-plants.htm

Their native habitat is the desert, so if they aren't under desert conditions, they can become stressed. Check them for spider mites, as well.

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