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E-Collar as a Potting Tool

Repotting a Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) is not an easy undertaking. With its arched stems and umbrella-like, even weeping habit, it’s difficult even to get it out of its original pot without breaking a few of the fragile branches let alone repot it. But not if you use your dog’s or your cat’s Elizabethan collar to gently push the branches up and out of way. 

Christmas cactus happily repotted.

That’s the suggestion of Denise B., who also sent photos of her experience. She found it made a huge difference and her cactus came through the ordeal with no damage at all. 

You could try the same method when repotting any other plant with arching leaves or stems, like a Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) or a spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum).

Now all you need is to buy a dog or cat as a ready source for a collar!

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

5 comments on “E-Collar as a Potting Tool

  1. What a useful application of one of those devices. I don’t mind getting rough with those Christmas cacti and related species, just because I grow more from whatever breaks off. I would like to be more careful with burro’s tail (sedum), but I doubt that an Elizabethan collar would help.

  2. Love it!

  3. What a great idea!! Thanks fort sharing! I have a large teddy bear vine that needs to be repotted….come here pups! Lol

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