help!! first time owner

onetimethingAugust 5, 2014

So I got this cactus around a month ago and it was doing fine but it had gone brown below, and I thought it was from the strong sun and maybe have over watered it. I also kept it away from the sun. I think the bottom is rot and I don't know how should I proceed. Help please. Thank you!

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Joe1980(5)

I'm assuming the pebbles on top are decorative, but what kind of soil is underneath?

Joe

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 1:13PM
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DavidL.ca

Definitely look like it could be rot... especially the discoloured part is also mushy and wet. Make sure you don't water from now on, and as mentioned check the soil and repot if needed.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 1:16PM
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brodyjames_gw

That one pad in the front is toast. Using tongs and a pair of scissors, cut the healthy green piece on top away from the bottom pad at the joint. Toss the rotted pad and place the healthy green pad on top of the mix and allow it to callous over for a few days. Do the same to the other pads if you find rotted parts.

Nancy

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 3:26PM
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onetimething

thank you! Should I also cut the healthy parts off the one on the left that is slightly rot? Or should I try letting it dry off first?

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 10:45PM
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brodyjames_gw

If any pad has rot, then you should remove any unaffected pads ASAP.

Nancy

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 12:13AM
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onetimething

Thank you Nancy. I've cut the healthy parts off, can I still save the partly rot bottom part at all? I really want to keep that alive.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 12:55PM
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onetimething

Thank you Nancy. I've cut the healthy parts off, can I still save the partly rot bottom part at all? I really want to keep that alive.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 12:56PM
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brodyjames_gw

I highly doubt that you'll be able to stop the rot, so I'm going to say no, but, stranger things have happened. If you want to try to save it, keep it planted separately from the healthy ones.

Nancy

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 1:27PM
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