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    How to extricate cactus from terrarium ?

    Well, this guy has been in this terrarium for over 10 years. I think he needs out. How do you do that ? Also, note the brown shriveling(next photo, next post)...is that OK as long as I repot this thing ?
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    here is the brown(shriveled section):
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    Get a pair of leather gloves ,like welder gloves, they have longer arm protectors and then attempt to remove it by turning the entire terrarium upside down so it kind of falls out.
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    Yep, welder's gloves OR a couple of pair of long handled tongs, depends on how dexterous you are. Do NOT turn the terrarium upside down though, on it's side will work and you might have to rotate it a couple of times, just depends on the root system and the media used. Let gravity do the most of the work, using the tongs to gently guide the plant out. You could get a natural division where the brown or damaged area is and if not, this is where I would make the only division it really needs.

    After you get this nasty boy out and divided, let it sit for a day or so so any "cuts", including roots can heal over. Then poot it up in a pot that is big enough to hold the root system plus 1" all the way around. Shallow pots are better than deep due to cacti not having deep root systems. Use a good cactus mix. water lightly and then not again for at least a couple of weeks. This is a crucial period and all care must be taken to not over water and bring on rot... IN fact, if the potting mix has any moisture to it at all I wouldn't wait to do the first watering for those two weeks.

    Caly pots are MUCH better than plastic or ceramic, but plastic would be my second choice saving a ceramic pot to use as a decorative "cache" pot only.


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    They tell me African Daisies grow nicely in terrariums
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