Please Help my Coral Cactus

CC64December 3, 2012

Hi,

I have a Coral Cactus that my husband gave me a couple of years ago. I keep it at my office and have done very little to take care of it except for watering once a week. I love this little guy, but all of a sudden, the right far side of the cactus is getting very wet and mushy. I trimmed off the wet part last week and when I got back in my office this morning, it is spreading. If there is something I can do to save this little guy, please let me know. Thanks!!

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GardenHelp

I am not very familiar with cactus plants but I would trim a corner off of the healthy side and try to start a new plant right now before the entire plant becomes infected. I would probably cut off the whole lobe that is infected plus a little more. Then repot it in a cactus soil(you can get at Walmart). Cut back on watering if the soil is moist.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 4:34PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

I don't know this plant (but know it's something grafted onto something else). I think the top may be a Euphorbia lactea crest; if so be careful in case its sap can be a skin irritant. (Pls. wash carefully & don't touch any parts of your face 'til you've done so).

Mushy in cacti & succulents = rot & spreads quickly.

I'd suggest cutting back to healthy tissue & then sprinkle w/ cinnamon (ordinarily kitchen cinnamon, like used in baking) w/ acts as an anti-fungal & helps avoid rot.

I agree to stop watering it for a while. Good luck!

    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 4:12PM
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juliebees2009(7)

help me you name it I have done it and its gave me every type of trouble know to a cactus. If ou have a question on what I done ES I have. I don't want to give up on this plant. if someone out there has had serious problems getting one to live please help e. it even was beautiful took it i to school and well you guessed it the science project was for a week and it died right in front of everyone not only embarrassing it caused me to fail the course., now I am ad I will get this to lived some way and I will show my teacher and I will pass.

I need help folks seriously.
I had one I took out of a rock glued and non drain hole it grower well for a year then this happened.. do they just live for a couple of months? I have for almost a year tried changing everything for I to change I have 12 going in different ways, pots, soil, no soil, you name it I am doing it. They are dyeing. The best one was a almost dead one I took washed roots dipped in grow powder, and just put it old GA clay. You can't wet the white or green if you have that color crest. My teacher has gave me till next term to show her I can get one o grow and I do have to keep a journal. ANY ONE OUT THERE THAT HAS ANY INFORMATION NO MATTER HOW INSUFFICIENT.,.LEAVE IT HEAR FOR ME TO SEE IF I HAVE TRIED I OR NOT. I THANK YOU GREATLY I NEED TO PASS THIS CLASS I HAD A 98% NOW ITS FAILED ME. AS I SID ANY HLP, OR COENTS ARE WLCOM PLEASE NO SARCASTIC NOTES THIS MAY NOT BE SERIOUS TO YOU BUT IT MY GRADE TO GRADUATE NEXT YEAR.
THANK YOU ALL KINDLY.

PLEASE I WAS APPOINTED THIS PLANT BY THE TEACHER I WISH SHE COULD GAVBVE ME A SIMPLE PLANT.. SHE WOULD NOT CHANGE IT EITHER i BROUGHT IN A BOX OF DEAD PLANTS IN A BOX WRAPPED IN LARGED BAGIES FOR ER TO SEE EVEN AND NADA,

THANK YOU I WILL BE WAITING E ALL WILL BE HAVING A PROJECT IF YOU HELP ME. I ASK HER COULD I COME HEE AND DO THIS AND I HAVE HER PERMISSION DUE O IT'S SUCH A HIGH GRADE POINT.

THANKS TO EVERYONE.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 8:01AM
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nature_freak

First one is a crested euphorbia and the healthy part will have to be grafted. If planted on its own will revert.
Rootstock of this plant is healthy, keep it in the sun where it enjoys not on a office table.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2013 at 8:57AM
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