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Can I prune this cactus?

I've had this cactus for quite a few years. It's grown very tall and spindly and I was wondering- if I was to cut the stems close to the root- would this kill the plant? Or would the stems regrow? It lives on my kitchen window sill. 

Many thanks,


  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,077
    edited January 2020
    Cutting the stems close to the root and standing in the brightest possible place would undoubtedly encourage new growth , but don't overwater .
    PS ; it isn't a cactus but a rather 'stretched-out' (etiolated) Kalanchoe blossfeldiana .
    PPS ; may be a good idea to re-pot in fresh gritty compost .
  • Thank you so much paul :smile:
    I will do as you've advised. I did briefly wonder if it was a cactus before I posted 🙈
    Thanks again,
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,378
    I would cut the top few inches off the stems with leaves and repot those in gritty compost too. They'll root up really quickly and give you a back up if the plant doesn't regrow from the main stem.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
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