This cactus was over six feet tall and they actually had to prune it a couple times a year to keep it that height.
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|audrey auten||October 9, 2005 7:02 am|
|large cactus, like elephant ears (don't know name)|
|yard man cut all around, half of ears and not at joints. I don't believe he knew what he was doing and it looks terrible. half ears are there with white insides showing. Any advice? I would appreciate it.|
|Bill Heller||October 9, 2005 12:49 pm|
|The Living Desert|
I would highly recommend contacting The Living Desert in Palm Desert, CA. They are a kind of botanic gardens specializing in deserts of the world and their flora and fauna. They have a Retail Nursery where they sell cacti and other desert plants and the people there are always friendly and helpful. Their main phone number is 760-346-5694. And I am cc'ing this message to the Nursery contact listed on their website. I will post their response here, or you can contact them directly. (I am not including your email address, I am very strict about not giving that kind of information to anyone)
IMHO, as far as your plant's health. I do not think A well established cactus in a good habitat would have trouble recovering from even a drastic pruning as you describe. Most likely the cuts will wood over and sprout new pads around the wound next year. This, of course, will be affected by where you live and how harsh and soon the Winter will be.
The other concern is aesthetics. You always have the option of removing the pads that have been cut, but from the sound of it you will have a much smaller plant after doing this.
Either way, the Living Desert can give you the best advice about how to nurse the wounds or how and when to remove the pads.