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May 8, 2020 11:10 AM CST
Hello everyone,
This is my first time posting to this forum. In fact, I just joined, so I'm very new to this community.

I had the most gorgeous rat tail cactus that slowly withered away. Have no idea what happened, but along the way I took a piece off and tried to grow it from the cutting. It grew roots, but also shriveled up and died (or so I thought). I left it in the pot for like a year, doing absolutely nothing to it, and just today I noticed it has a little baby coming off. Someone tell me, can this baby be saved? If so, how should I do that? As you can see, the end is dead and brown, and the rest of it is shriveled beyond recognition. It still has roots. It looks a lot greener in this photo than it is in real life. It's more of a grayish green.
Thank you!
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Name: Stefan
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May 8, 2020 12:01 PM CST
Dont think so..this is likely has a problem with its core...

May 8, 2020 2:34 PM CST
skopjecollection said:Dont think so..this is likely has a problem with its core...

Ok, thank you!
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May 8, 2020 3:09 PM CST
I always try to save my ailing plants. I'd cut this where it bends and replant the part with the roots. Keep it dry for a week or so, and then water. I think you may get it rooted and growing again.Good luck if you try it.
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May 16, 2020 1:38 PM CST
I am like Karen, I will similarly do the same. Stick it in a smaller container with very well draining. gritty media. Do not water yet. Position in part sun area.

When you say you did not do anything with it for a year, that is really pushing too much the drought tolerance of this cacti. It is a live plant after all, and they do need water to replenish their needs. I actually find them thirsty when the hotter conditions are at hand. But it seems to like part sun than full sun, at least here in my area since we get very, very hot and dry for 6 months.

I do not know where you are located, so may have to consider growing it outdoors, to have better chances of recovery. But position it first in shade then to part sun, to allow it time to acclimate again to outdoor conditions. It needs to grow new roots so it can anchor itself better and to be able to take in moisture at soil level. No fertilizers, it needs to recover first. and actually they hardly need any.

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