It’s been a little while since we’ve played this game. It works like this: I’ll post a reader’s question about houseplants, and you share your advice. Easy peasy. I’ll post my original response to the reader next week, along with your thoughts.

The questions I use in posts like these are actual questions I get in my inbox or on my blog. Most of the questions come from people who are black thumbs or novices – not my regular readers. One reason I like to turn them over to you, is that you, my regular readers, have a sophisticated knowledge of plants.

It’s cool to see how our advice matches up. Everyone has their own way of handling plants, so it’s nice to see the various perspectives. I’m always impressed with how much you guys know about plants.

If you’d like to share your two cents, please do so in the comments section.

This question is a few years old…I’m hoping I haven’t posted it before (a quick search said no, but it wasn’t a detailed search). If I have, sorry, my bad. Hopefully you won’t remember either, haha. Here it is:


I am really hoping you can help me. I was googling sites to help me with my current cactus problem and happened to run across your blog. I have a cactus here at the office (there used to be 3 but now in the last few months – there is only 1 left). We are not sure what type of cactus it is. My boss has had this cactus for over 25 years. It used to have a brother in the pot next to it which was just as old but died rather suddenly about two months ago.

Also in the pot with this cactus – there used to be another smaller cactus (about 10 years old) which was pretty healthy until about 1 week ago – then all of a sudden it died too.

We do not over water the plants – at least that’s what my boss says. He waters maybe about once a week and about a cup of water. Is that too much. He’s done it this way for many many many years and we’ve never had any problems before.

My main questions are:

1. Do you know what type of cactus this is? It seems to have almost a tree-like “trunk” as it’s base but then has the offshoots starting midway up. The offshoots near the top and upper sides all sprout little buds which then turn into leaves such as the ones you see here. We’ve never had it flower or do anything else besides the green leaves.

2. Do you have any tips on what we might try in order to salvage this cactus?

After over 25 years – it would be a shame to lose it too.

I hope to hear from you soon.



Alright, what do you think? What would your advice to this person be? Can you identify the plant? Identify the problem? Name the solution?

I’d love to hear your opinions!

Next Wednesday, I’ll post them along with my response. It’ll be good times!

I’ll be back tomorrow, hope to see you here.


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