Cactus and Succulents forum→My Cactus is turning a different colour?

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Jun 2, 2020 8:53 PM CST
Hello! My cactus seems to be turning a dark reddish purple colour or another colour, I think it is a prickly pear but I am not 100% sure. Is it dying? I fear I may have over watered it last week. I took it out of the sun a few days ago in case it was because it was too hot or too much sun. Any ideas what is causing it and if it can be saved? I've had it for almost 8 years but it only started getting decent care in september last year. It isn't it the best condition but it was improving but now it seems to be changing colour. Sorry the photos aren't the best
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Name: Rose
Colorado (Zone 5b)
Jun 3, 2020 2:24 PM CST
Yes, it's some type of Opuntia, and yes, it looks a little sun stressed. It doesn't look like it's actually burnt, so the color should fade as it's out of the sun. There's nothing really wrong with the reddish tint, btw, as long as it's consistent and not worsening. Several of my succulents have a bit of it right now. I'd reintroduce it to the sun gradually, an hour or two more each day, because it really does need the direct sun, it just needs a chance to get used to it first.
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Jun 3, 2020 2:26 PM CST


I agree

If it is an indoor plant, you cannot provide too much sun, and the more, the better.

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