Orange spots :/

MisselleJuly 1, 2014

Haya everyone :-) So I got this guy a couple of weeks ago, and yesterday I noticed he has some orange spots. Today there is twice as many/ twice as big. Anyone know what they are? I repotted it about 10 days ago and he got rained on late last week, butI haven't watered it, so I don't think It's that. Some kind of fungus maybe? And do you think It's contagious?

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Close up of spots

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 10:20PM
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Freaking out! 24 hour and the spots have tripled! And there's heaps more. Please help someone :(

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 7:41PM
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Another closer shot.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 7:45PM
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Any chance it got cold and was wet? It's fungal, and I'm thinking a removal from soil for a few days and repotting into a porous mix would be good for it. I'd guess it's not fatal, just disfiguring.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 7:51PM
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Maybe cold, not wet. I've only watered twice in 6 weeks, but it is winter here, and he lives outside at night. It is in a mix of 40% c&s soil, 40-50% perlite and a bit of course river sand, really course. The weathers been ok, 20-25 C during the day, much colder at night but I don't think anything colder then 5C. I got it from a locally grower, so it should be used to the weather.....

    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 8:40PM
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I might try garden sulfur as it's an antifungal. Maybe mixing and spraying could help halt the progress......

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 3:02AM
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I went and bought an fungicide and gave it a good hit. And he is in quarenteen. It's just spreading so quickly, so hope this helps :/

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 3:16AM
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Hi Misselle!

I have only grown a few cacti, so I am not an expert by any means, but I was interested in your photos so I just did some quick research on your plant. Two things about its recommended care that stood out to me were "ample heat with lots of airflow." Maybe it doesn't get enough airflow when inside, and not enough heat when outside (or even inside)? It does seem odd, though, given you got it from a local grower - although if it was in a greenhouse that would possibly mean it got more heat.

The other thing I saw was do not water during winter, and be sure if growing indoors that the plant gets ample, full sun. It also said that although it can tolerate lower temps, it must be sheltered from winter winds. Finally, it does not like being repotted. So, it could just be that several conditions combined are giving you trouble right now and that's why the plant is struggling. I bet if you treat it with an anti fungal, stop watering it and make sure it gets lots of sun, it will start to recover.

Again, I haven't grown this plant myself, but I hope some of that info might help you account for what's happened.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 5:38AM
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Thanks spapa :-) It does live outside in full sun, which I'm guessing It's always been in, from the old scaring. I did have to repot it when I got it cause it was over growing the pot, but I did follow all the standard rules, no watering etc. Anyway I've no idea where it picked this big up from, but hopefully I've got it in time :-)

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 7:07AM
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Update, things are not looking good :( Just has it at the locally garden centre in town. The guy was very helpful, but unfortunately we came up with nothing. I have been treating it with a fungicide and a systemic but no luck.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 12:53AM
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And some more good news, even though It's been I'm quarteen I just found my rhipsalis is infected too :( I'm carefully going over all of my plants now to double check everything is free of these damned orange spots! Seriously bummed :(

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 12:56AM
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I'm so sorry to hear that! It has definitely progressed, what a bummer :( It sounds like you've done everything you can for it. It's interesting that your other plant is infected despite being quarantinedâ¦are the plants in the same soil? Makes me wonder if you got an infected batch

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 7:28PM
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Yes, that is something I'm assessing as well. Unfortunately there are also two others with the same spots :( Really not good.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 8:53PM
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I wonder if, since we're questioning the soil, it would be better to remove everything from the mix and then try to treat with the fungicide. Since they can live so long outside of soil it might be something to try.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 12:39AM
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I think that might be my next step. I went and bought one of the stronger fungicides available so now It's wait and see for a couple of days, then try something else. I've been questioning the soil, but the plants that are affected are in different mixes, so I'm not sure that's where It's coming from. Aparently a coulpe of years ago here in Australia we has a bit of a rust epidemic where the fungus mutated and grew resistant to most fungicides, the one I bought the other day was made at the time to combat that specific strain, so we shall see.... Hopefully I'm aiming in the right direction

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 8:23PM
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