What on earth happened to this cactus cutting?!
So, I posted a while back on my cactus ID. We had just whacked it down, taken a cutting from it to plant later. Took the cutting, put it in a nice dry place. The cut started to look brownish like an apple almost immediately, and then started to harden. After a week, it was hard to the touch, a bit shrively at the cut site. Figured on waiting 3 weeks to be absolutely sure.
Fast forward to a week or so ago. The bottom half inch was black. Not at all squishy whatsoever, just black. Still felt firm like the rest of the cactus. Figured it was just a natural part of rooting a cactus cutting an planned to plant it that weekend.
But, that weekend the whole thing was black! Like I said, not squishy at all. Still feels like normal. It's just black! You can see in the pics where there's a spot or two of green left. Is this rot? How on earth could it happen so late in the process, if so, and why is it not squishy? Did we wait too long to plant? What happened?!
And in the pic of the cut, the white fuzzy is not mold. We have a white Angora rabbit whose hair gets everywhere. This is from setting it on the floor briefly, it's a ball of bunny fur. I promise! I triple checked.
Anybody seen this before? No hope for it, right? We still have it just in case, but it seems WAY beyond anything I can do for it.