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Name: João V.
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Wallknocker
Jul 16, 2020 3:55 PM CST
Was trying to prop a Opuntia Monacantha from small pad I accidentally took out from the main plant.

It was pretty small (about 0.8 inches) so I doubted it would root, but it did. I let it in pure coco fiber until the roots were fairly developed, as I found that it works really well for me, it's easy to mist and to check on the roots without stressing the plant to much.

It already had a 1.5 inch root system so I changed it to my cactus potting mix.
Later that day it wrinkled like a prune! I assumed it was underwatered so watered the day after.

It got a bit better but then it started getting this yellow/brown color.


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This was 2 days ago


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These two are from today. Confused

I would really appreciate some advice on what I did wrong ( I suspect maybe sunburn? Just finding it weird how localized it is) and how I could get it better (if possible )

Thank You!
(Sorry for any eventual bad english! ^^")
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mcvansoest
Jul 16, 2020 4:37 PM CST
After repotting I would not have put it in the sun at that small size. While in many cases transplanting a cactus can go very smoothly it can certainly cause some transplantation shock in the plant.

I do not think it is done by the way, but I would put it in some bright shade and see if it starts growing a little more before I would start giving it direct sun.
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DaisyI
Jul 16, 2020 5:23 PM CST
I agree Not quite done for. I see a little growing part down on one end. Checking the roots is a little hard on them. You will know when there are roots because it will grow new leaves. You will know when they fail to root because the leaf will wrinkle up and die.
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Name: João V.
Lisbon - PT (Zone 10b)
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Wallknocker
Aug 2, 2020 4:49 PM CST
Well, I moved it to full shade but it was too late, the sunburn spread to the rest of the pad, and the roods dried out. Better luck next time I guess Crying
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