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I purchased my hubby one for Fathers Day, so we've had it for 5 days. We live in Indiana. It came in about a 3" plastic pot inside a ceramic pot. My hubby is a plant person, & this plant is him were he a plant. If you make it past the slightly prickly surface, you have a beautiful specimen! Lol. My problem is that it came with a generic info plastic card that has info on a cactus garden!? "Kori" (my 6yo granddaughter named it) is very wavy with what looks like dead brown plant running around all the waves. The card it came with said it will bloom in season. When is that!? It also says to water 2-3 times a week until "established". What does that mean? And all the pics I've seen of them have rocks on top of the soil. Ours has rocks that are glued together! How does one check moisture with these rocks? Hubby wants to replant, & we'd like to know what size pot to go to & do we need the rocks on top? We read it likes a sandy soil. Is a 50/50 mix best? Also, will Kori grow to her pot size & keep "waving"? How often do you recommend repotting? Thank You soo much for your expertise! Diana


Your husband needs to take a screwdriver and pry the glued together stones off the top of the soil. They were put there to make it easy to ship. It is a cactus. It should not be watered until it is dry. It has a shallow root system. It does not need to be repotted and if you do it will be hard to get it to be stable in the pot again. I would pry off the stones and if you want you can replace them with loose river rock that you can get at craft stores. If your husband does not like the pot it is in he should move it to a new one the same size without disturbing the roots.

It should not be watered until it is very dry. Watering 1 or twice a week is the most you should water it. Insert a bamboo skewer into the soil all the way to the bottom and leave it for at least an hour. If it is moist half way up the skewer it is not time to water it. Never allow it to sit in a drain tray full of water. Always empty it an hour after watering. If you have more questions write again. I am also in Indiana just north of Fort Wayne. Good luck!


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Darlene K. Kittle


I have been an Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years and I raise around 300 houseplants and bonsai trees a year including tropicals, succulents, and cacti. I have also been a professional plant care person for businesses in the Fort Wayne, IN area and currently professionally care for bonsai trees for my customers.


I am also studying the Japanese art of bonsai with tropical plants and is President of the Fort Wayne, IN Bonsai Club.

Fort Wayne, iN Master Gardeners. President of the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. Allen County Master Gardeners

I am not a hortculturist. I am a Purdue University Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years. I have studied plants on a personal level by growing hundreds of plants annually for the last 35 years. I have also studied under several nationally known American Bonsai experts.

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