If a cactus starts to lean is it bad news?

Not sure whether I should be concerned. But my cactus had started to lean. I’m not sure whether it’s from lack of water or not enough sunlight, although it did get a lot of natural sunlight this summer.

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  • HexagonHexagon Posts: 784
    Maybe it’s just growing towards the light from the window. Do you ever turn the pot around?
  • katiem111katiem111 Posts: 19
    I have several small ones in our glass porch, and I have to rotate them regularly.  I would give it a half turn every few weeks.
  • Tin potTin pot Posts: 871
    Nothing wrong with a bit of a bend in the shaft.
  • HippophaeHippophae Posts: 138
    Yes as others have said definitely a must do to turn the pots every once in a while to keep the plant growing upright. I have two san pedro cacti growing in containers on a windowsill which faces west and have to rotate the pots fairly regularly or they start to bend.
  • That’s the thing though I do rotate, unless it’s had a quick growth spurt towards the light. Thanks for the advice! I’ll just keep an eye on it in the coming weeks
  • It could be rotting from the base, perhaps the roots have been attacked/weakened so are no longer capable of anchoring the weight of the plant into the pot. Are you over watering @harpreetb2303
  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 7,361
    Have you considered increasing the pot size ?
    Cacti are quite heavy beasts and you have quite a bit of top growth on the main stem.  They don't always grow straight as they mature despite our wishes :)
    GDonkey makes a good point too - healthy looking top growth doesn't necessarily mean that all is well below ground.
    You are only really going to confirm that diagnosis though by removing it from the pot.
     
  • It could be rotting from the base, perhaps the roots have been attacked/weakened so are no longer capable of anchoring the weight of the plant into the pot. Are you over watering @harpreetb2303
    I don’t think so, I make sure to only water around once every two weeks and less so in the winter. But I will give it a look over and possibly find a bigger pot.
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