Gave my TC a hard trim!

greenlarry(UK 8/9)April 7, 2013

Following advice on here I thought I'd give it a go:

Oh and in other news my C. metallica palm IS flowering!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Thanksgiving Cactus haircut

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mrlike2u(**)

Not mine in the pic but your TC hard cut may lead to the following results

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 6:55PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

OMG!!!

I had NO idea those things went woody with time!

Never been much of a fan of 'em but now I'm seeing them in a whole new light!

THANK YOU MR. !!!

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 7:04PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Holy moly, I didn't either, how cool. My Easter cactus has a hard trunk like that, but it's a leaner, not upright.

Larry, I admire your proactive approach. And how 'bout a pic of that palm?

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 10:23AM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Wow that's neat!

As for the palm,pics when the flowers 'open'

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 5:44PM
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rachelthepoet(7)

Green Larry: thanks for sharing. This is something I might be interested in trying next year, so I look forward to hearing about your results.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 9:54PM
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larry_b(Zone5/CO)

Hey Larry,

Good job on the trim. I have been thinking about doing the same thing. I think I will prune it once it stops blooming.

Larry

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 2:13AM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Well it was quite drastic. Many other plants would have just died but this is a succulent cactus so I figured it could take it. Not only did I trim over half the stems but also I removed a large chunk of the roots . It sulked for a while but the stubs have mostly fallen off and I think there's a hint of new growth!

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 4:31AM
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petrushka

it's a perfectly safe trim, larry. I do trims like that every other year to rejuve my schlums to keep them bushy. just keep it on the dry side until you see new growth (you can mist it a bit ).

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 10:43AM
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