Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: mmm, I hope this guy will be ok

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 15, 2011 5:29 PM CST
This cactus was given to me by a freecycler, and whereas the top looks healthy the bottom part less so, and I just hope it will be ok. She admitted it had been 'too wet'.
It looks like a mushroom-version of a barrel cactus..... about two ft tall.
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Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Nov 15, 2011 5:45 PM CST
Too wet? REALLY? Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

She might win for understatement of the year, assuming it's an Echinocactus grusonii....
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 15, 2011 7:00 PM CST
Would it really grow like that if it was kept too wet? The bottom part is pretty brown, I'm giving it a 50/50 chance. Crying
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sheryl
Nov 15, 2011 8:14 PM CST
Shoot, I guess - I've never performed that particular torture on a cactus. Usually my type of torture is *no* water.... and not on cacti!
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Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Nov 15, 2011 8:20 PM CST
While I'm thinking of it, it will definitely croak if you change the watering practices quickly.

Plant it at the back of the border, lol!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Nov 15, 2011 8:44 PM CST
I would poke a bit below and see how the lower part looks like. I have a cacti which got so wet during a particular winter season, and it just started to bend, upon looking below the base was sadly so rotten, so I had to chop it off..and the smell was so awful! I think I almost removed 1/3 of the plant. I had it callused and planted on a drier media. So far it has recovered.
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GardenGuyAZ
Nov 16, 2011 4:57 AM CST
Yes, is the brown part mushy?

























Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 16, 2011 5:22 AM CST
Thanks for the recommendation of actually replanting the calloused top. It doesn't look mushy at this stage, but I will definitely have a good look and prod around when I take it out of its pot. Glad to know it's possible to let it re-root if the bottom part should not be viable.
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GardenGuyAZ
Nov 16, 2011 6:52 AM CST
As Tarev states, you should be able to cut off all t he mushy stuff, let it callous over, then plant the good part, and it will root. Cactus are incredibly tough plants. It does look like a golden barrel, but I have to tell you, those grow very well here, and I've never, ever, ever, seen one grow that long...lol!


























Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 16, 2011 6:58 AM CST
Neither have I which is why I am puzzled ....
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GardenGuyAZ
Nov 16, 2011 10:38 AM CST
Garden Barrel on Steroids =)

























Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Nov 16, 2011 8:17 PM CST
Maybe she used Gatorade?
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MaryE
Nov 17, 2011 11:32 AM CST
I'm guessing it went through a previous too wet period, possibly was reaching for more light, resulting in the part that eventually became dry looking when conditions improved and the plant grew the green top. I think I would amputate and replant the good part, being careful to let it callous and giving it a growing medium with excellent drainage. The result should be a more attractive plant.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 17, 2011 11:53 AM CST
I'm a little nervous at the amputation/callousing/regrowth process but it is indeed not now very pretty, so I will have a good look at it this weekend. If the root system is sound I will let it live the way it is, and it will eventually have other plants growing in front of it to hide its less attractive parts.
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GardenGuyAZ
Nov 17, 2011 12:02 PM CST
Just hack it off with a wood saw wiped down with alcohol Hetty, don't be shy!! Smiling

























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SongofJoy
Nov 17, 2011 12:04 PM CST
I agree
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 17, 2011 2:15 PM CST
I don't know why I am so nervous about it, it's not like I PAID for it Whistling Hilarious!
Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Nov 17, 2011 3:58 PM CST
Which makes it a perfect specimen for trying a new skill out on! Just make sure you're wearing welding gloves - something I learned when doing cacti "rescue" at one time.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Nov 17, 2011 4:20 PM CST
I tend to wrap them in towels to handle them. It works pretty well.
Name: Alan
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GardenGuyAZ
Nov 17, 2011 8:57 PM CST
Big thick towels are excellent for all Cactus!!!
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