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Jun 9, 2020 9:07 AM CST

Hello all!
I'm hoping someone could help me with some questions about my cactus arrangement. I've had this for over a year and I think there might be some serious health issues.
My angel wing cactus and the shorter ones (not sure their name) appear to have white spots on them. They look kind of fuzzy too. Is this an indication of dryness? The angel wing has also changed colour from white to a yellow/orange- is this a dryness issue too? Lastly the ruby ball has brown patches underneath. Is this rot? Any suggestions on what these issues are and how to deal with them would be appreciated! Thank you!

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Jun 9, 2020 10:28 AM CST
Name: Stefan
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Theyve rotted. The opuntia is still tubby, and the moon cactus graft is still fine. If underwatered, those 2 would be the first to show signs
These arrangements rarely work..
Split it, clean the soil, and grow them separately...
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Jun 9, 2020 11:03 AM CST

skopjecollection said:Theyve rotted. The opuntia is still tubby, and the moon cactus graft is still fine. If underwatered, those 2 would be the first to show signs
These arrangements rarely work..
Split it, clean the soil, and grow them separately...


Thank you for your reply! It's just the 1 that's rotted? Would repotting help/fix? And, should I split all of them into their own pots or just the ruby ball.

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Jun 9, 2020 11:11 AM CST
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I would split each surviving plant into its own pot. Use pots that are wider than deep, with holes at the bottom. Use fast draining soil (like regular potting soil mixed with an equal volume of pumice/perlite/gritty equivalent). And do not water immediately after repotting. Wait a week to water deeply for the first time. Be aware the prickly pear has the potential to grow rather large over time, but give it a gradual stepwise advance and don't put it in a huge pot right away. Be careful when handling that plant not to get tiny spines (they are called glochids) in your fingers. Use gloves for safety.

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Jun 9, 2020 11:22 AM CST

Baja_Costero said:I would split each surviving plant into its own pot. Use pots that are wider than deep, with holes at the bottom. Use fast draining soil (like regular potting soil mixed with an equal volume of pumice/perlite/gritty equivalent). And do not water immediately after repotting. Wait a week to water deeply for the first time. Be aware the prickly pear has the potential to grow rather large over time, but give it a gradual stepwise advance and don't put it in a huge pot right away. Be careful when handling that plant not to get tiny spines (they are called glochids) in your fingers. Use gloves for safety.

Welcome!


Thank you so much! These replies were so helpful!
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