Collapsing cactus.

emilia415November 27, 2012

A few months ago I bought a little cactus and a jade plant at for my dorm room. I've been keeping them on an east-facing windowsill where they receive plenty of light, and I rarely water either for fear of root rot. A week or two ago my jade plant became rather limp and "floppy", so I watered both plants before leaving for Thanksgiving.

When I returned to my room at the end of the weekend, I was thrilled to discover not only that the jade plant had perked up but that a bud on the cactus had begun to open into a little yellow flower. Now, only two days later, the cactus has suddenly begun to collapse. Half the plant has "wrinkled" up and the whole plant has become floppy and unstable. Is there any way to salvage this plant, or did I somehow manage to kill it?

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Microthrix(9)

It is not a cactus, but a succulent, namely a Faucaria, Most likely tigrina.

The reason it is "floppy" is because it dosnt get enough water. This is a mesemb native to south africa. Although it doesnt get much rain, but get large mists that water it enough. Maybe you could give your a good misting every other day or so.

If you want to do more reading on this plant, click the link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cactus art biz: Faucaria tigrina

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 4:12PM
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Laura Robichaud

I just found one of these over the weekend and repotted it in the gritty mix. Thanks for the link on the care.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 8:52AM
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