Why Is My Cactus Leaning & Falling Over?

If you love plants and have a lot of them, it may be upsetting to see one of them bending and falling over. I know this firsthand since I have a lot of plants in my garden. I think of them as my children, so I understand how it feels to see them in trouble. I am aware that I seem a little sentimental, but to be honest, this is how I feel about my plants.

Your cactus may occasionally tilt and topple over, but that is not by chance; there are several reasons why it should be that way. I planned to establish this article because I know that many of you who cultivate plants have encountered these issues several times. I wanted to keep you updated about the causes of these issues and whether there are any solutions.

Cactus are low-maintenance plants that can resist hard circumstances, but it doesn’t imply they can weather every condition, so you can find them breaking apart. I want to point out that there might be many causes for this sort of issue. I’ll talk about every possibility and provide answers. So let’s get started with this excellent and fascinating article so that we can grow our cactus correctly.

I’ll first discuss the potential cause of your cactus tilting before letting you know whether you can remedy it and, if so, how. I think it will be quite fascinating.

Why My Cactus is Leaning and Falling Over – Causes and Solutions

There are many reasons why these problems may be caused, so I have a lot to talk about, so let’s get started. In this section, I will cover the causes of a cactus leaning and falling over and then provide some suitable solutions only to be able to fix the cactus.

1. Overwatering and Underwatering

These two problems are the most typical ones, with overwatering being more problematic than underwatering because we shouldn’t water the cactus more than is necessary. You don’t need to maintain the soil moist because normal cacti require fast-draining, airy soil. Instead, you should water your cactus according to specific guidelines. An overwatered cactus will get softer and perhaps turn a brighter color due to root rot, which might lead to falling. Be extremely cautious, especially during the winter, and make sure the soil is sufficiently dry before watering.

Since some individuals believe that their cacti don’t require any water, the underwatering problem mostly affects bodies of water. A cactus submerged in water may turn inactive and purple, and as a result of its cells not having enough water, it may eventually topple over. Therefore, you should be aware that underwatering in the winter may also result in root loss.

How to fix it?

There are some guidelines you must adhere to if you wish to prevent issues like this or resolve the issue. If the dirt around your cactus hasn’t dried out, don’t water it. You may evaluate the soil’s dryness by inserting your finger into the top 1-2 inches of soil. To prevent under- or overwatering and prevent your cactus from toppling over, you must first be certain that it needs water. To do this, you should evaluate the soil’s dryness.

2. Damage From Freezing Temperatures

The roots of your cactus won’t be able to take in moisture from the soil since most cacti can’t withstand temperatures below freezing without suffering some harm. As a result, this is a fairly common problem, and your cactus may topple over as a result. You can see several warning indicators that your cactus is about to topple over, such as damage from freezing, a large number of blackened or brown areas, or some brown areas. However, there are steps you can do to avoid having your cactus freeze throughout the winter, which I’ll describe below.

How to fix it?

To keep your cactus warm throughout the winter, place it in a spot that receives heat at night or wrap a cotton sheet around it to add additional warmth. To avoid overwatering the cactus as it recovers from freezing damage, you should also reduce watering until new growth begins to appear.

3. Pest Infestation

If you are unable to recognize this issue, I may say that it is the most difficult one. Cactus mealybugs, ants, and other insects that feed on the sap from the stems and leaves harm the cactus and may cause it to lean over and appear sickly. Deformations may also take place in your cactus. The cactus can perish if they consume the entire plant.

How to fix it?

A pest infestation may exist around your cactus as a result of the problem I discussed above, therefore you must get an insecticidal soap to get rid of the insects and protect your cactus if you find any surrounding it. You may also wash the cactus with water and a strong liquid dishwashing solution if the insect hasn’t done too much harm.

4. Root Rot Disease

When a cactus is overwatered, root rot disease, which is brought on by bacterial and fungal infection, may develop. If you notice that your cactus has several brown areas that start at the base and are also sticky, root rot disease may be present. Therefore, if a cure is not found, your cactus can perish.

How to fix it?

If this problem arises, the first thing you should do is clip out the injured roots and repot the cactus in a fresh potting mix. You should also reduce watering until new growth begins to appear so as not to overwater the cactus while it is healing.

5. Insufficient Light

Since cacti are plants that enjoy light and heat because it is their natural habitat, I’m assuming that many of you are aware that they require enough sunshine to grow up properly and to be healthy. So if you notice your cactus bending or toppling over, the lack of enough sunshine may be to blame.

How to fix it?

Place your cactus somewhere where it can receive 6 to 12 hours of enough sunshine as soon as possible if you want to prevent issues like inadequate sunlight. Therefore, avoid placing your indoor cactus in a dark location to prevent tipping over and tilting.

6. The Pot is Too Big or Too Small

A cactus’s pot should be the right size for it; it shouldn’t be too huge so that the roots have to work too hard to get water and nutrients, nor should it be too small so that the roots can’t spread out. Therefore, there must be a standard pot with a 1 to 2-inch bottom allowance.

How to fix it?

You must repot your cactus once every two years if you don’t want to trip over it as a result of this problem. Your cactus should be repotted in a pot with some room on both sides.

Final Words

I often say that cacti are a terrific idea for your garden since I am hooked to them and adore them so much, but as you can see, you need to put in the work to have a good cactus. To be honest, they need some care and attention to be healthy. If your cactus is having problems and you see that it is leaning or falling over, you should first determine why it is doing so before creating a solution.

This article contains all the information you need to investigate the cause of your cactus’ lean and discover remedies to the issue. I sincerely hope you’ll find this post useful and that you’ll enjoy reading it.

Further Reading

Here you have some additional information in detail related to the cactus. Check out why can Cactus be hairy or what can be the reasons behind squishy cactus.

If you noticed the cactus turning white, read the article to save the plant. Here are the main reasons why your cactus might be shrinking. 

Thank you for your time.


Ella Holmes

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