plant is dying - Knowledgebase Question

putnam, Co
Question by capellitier
October 29, 2009
i recentley bought a hatoria salicornioides cactaceae and i watered it once a week it was directly in front of an east facing window and now it is dying the plant feels really brittle and some have broken off but if i poke in the soil it is still damp so i have stopped watering it i don't know what else to do thank you angie pellitier

Answer from NGA
October 29, 2009


As a member of the cacti family, your hatoria should be watered only two or three times a month. Weekly watering is just too much for it and the roots will develop rot, which will make the entire plant fall over. Do stop watering and allow the soil to dry out. I hope it's in time! Don't water it again for at least two weeks. By this time the soil will be dry enough to encourage healthy new root growth. Your plant stores the water it needs and uses it at will. When the top begins to look less plump or starts to wrinkle, you can water it by flooding the soil and allowing the excess to drain away. In the winter you probably only have to water it once every 3 weeks. In the summer months you can water it about every 2 weeks. Best wishes with your new plant!

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