cactus - Knowledgebase Question

denver, Co
Question by andre63
September 30, 2009
I have a cactus that is dying in the roots all moldy its 4.5' high and still looks good what can i do

Answer from NGA
September 30, 2009


Overwatering or poorly draining soils are usually the culprits when it comes to root rot with cactus. You may be able to save your cactus by digging around the root system and cutting out the moldy roots with a sharp knife, then filling in the hole with sand or a gravel/sand mixture. Be sure to be extra careful in watering. I water mine about every 2-3 weeks during the summertime and once every 4-6 weeks in spring and fall. Maybe this schedule will work for you, as well. Hope so!

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