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airjordan
May 15, 2015 10:22 PM CST
Here's the link please take a look at both my moon cactus and my other cactus
The big cactus is turning yellow and wrinkly. It has some gray things at the base of the plant
The moon cactus is white on some parts
It just rained recently



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Swayback
May 15, 2015 11:05 PM CST
It's hard to say from the pics, they're clear, just obscured by the other plants...

The moon cactus LOOKS ok from here, what are you concerned about with it?

The old man cactus does not look good!
It might be curtains for that guy... Never too late to try tho!

To me the biggest thing to look for is rapid change, if that yellow is new, and moving fast... Not good!

Is the plant soft?
Or maybe oozing if you squeeze it!
Try to find a spot out of sight and grab a spine or 2 and pull hard, if it's rotten you'll know it!
If it were me, I'd promptly pull the plant out!
If it's root the root will likely be dead, if they are, then get a sharp knife!
Start cutting away dead rotten tissue, just keep working your way up until you get to healthy looking plant.
Again, it should be obvious, they tissue will be soft and dead, not crisp, you'll likely see brown spots...
Once you get down to good plant, then you need to let that cutting scab over, it'll get a hard brown skin over it, it'll take a few weeks, then place it on top of very sandy soil and do not water.
With luck it'll root up and grow.
You can read for days on this topic.

You also mention grey spots, I don't see any from here...
Look up mealy bug and see if that's what they are...

If your plant turns out to be ok, it'll still be good that you pulled it out, that type of cactus likes to be pretty dry at times, I can't imagine it being able to happily share a pot with regular leaf plants like it appears to be...
Good luck, sorry your plants not happy :(
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airjordan
May 15, 2015 11:15 PM CST
Swayback said:It's hard to say from the pics, they're clear, just obscured by the other plants...

The moon cactus LOOKS ok from here, what are you concerned about with it?

The old man cactus does not look good!
It might be curtains for that guy... Never too late to try tho!

To me the biggest thing to look for is rapid change, if that yellow is new, and moving fast... Not good!

Is the plant soft?
Or maybe oozing if you squeeze it!
Try to find a spot out of sight and grab a spine or 2 and pull hard, if it's rotten you'll know it!
If it were me, I'd promptly pull the plant out!
If it's root the root will likely be dead, if they are, then get a sharp knife!
Start cutting away dead rotten tissue, just keep working your way up until you get to healthy looking plant.
Again, it should be obvious, they tissue will be soft and dead, not crisp, you'll likely see brown spots...
Once you get down to good plant, then you need to let that cutting scab over, it'll get a hard brown skin over it, it'll take a few weeks, then place it on top of very sandy soil and do not water.
With luck it'll root up and grow.
You can read for days on this topic.

You also mention grey spots, I don't see any from here...
Look up mealy bug and see if that's what they are...

If your plant turns out to be ok, it'll still be good that you pulled it out, that type of cactus likes to be pretty dry at times, I can't imagine it being able to happily share a pot with regular leaf plants like it appears to be...
Good luck, sorry your plants not happy :(

My cactus was yellow a long time ago, its been the same of a very long time, its not rapid change

airjordan
May 15, 2015 11:20 PM CST
Swayback said:It's hard to say from the pics, they're clear, just obscured by the other plants...

The moon cactus LOOKS ok from here, what are you concerned about with it?

The old man cactus does not look good!
It might be curtains for that guy... Never too late to try tho!

To me the biggest thing to look for is rapid change, if that yellow is new, and moving fast... Not good!

Is the plant soft?
Or maybe oozing if you squeeze it!
Try to find a spot out of sight and grab a spine or 2 and pull hard, if it's rotten you'll know it!
If it were me, I'd promptly pull the plant out!
If it's root the root will likely be dead, if they are, then get a sharp knife!
Start cutting away dead rotten tissue, just keep working your way up until you get to healthy looking plant.
Again, it should be obvious, they tissue will be soft and dead, not crisp, you'll likely see brown spots...
Once you get down to good plant, then you need to let that cutting scab over, it'll get a hard brown skin over it, it'll take a few weeks, then place it on top of very sandy soil and do not water.
With luck it'll root up and grow.
You can read for days on this topic.

You also mention grey spots, I don't see any from here...
Look up mealy bug and see if that's what they are...

If your plant turns out to be ok, it'll still be good that you pulled it out, that type of cactus likes to be pretty dry at times, I can't imagine it being able to happily share a pot with regular leaf plants like it appears to be...
Good luck, sorry your plants not happy :(

So basically I should cut the dead tissue, its the brownish grayish stuff at the bottom at the cacti right?
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Swayback
May 15, 2015 11:25 PM CST
It's really hard to say, I've seen them get really yellow like that and still be alive, that's why I suggest pulling it out, it needs it anyway and it'll be the first step to determining if your plants just not happy but still fully alive, or if it's got rot going...

Is it soft at the base or anywhere down low in that yellow area?
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airjordan
May 15, 2015 11:26 PM CST
What did I do to cause this?
I'm so worried I feel like killing myself

airjordan
May 15, 2015 11:28 PM CST
Swayback said:It's really hard to say, I've seen them get really yellow like that and still be alive, that's why I suggest pulling it out, it needs it anyway and it'll be the first step to determining if your plants just not happy but still fully alive, or if it's got rot going...

Is it soft at the base or anywhere down low in that yellow area?

Yeah, its soft
Is the gray-brown stuff at the vase of the cactus rotting?
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Swayback
May 15, 2015 11:30 PM CST
It's really hard for me to see the pics good, photobucket won't zoom and I'm on iPhone, if you just load the pics here it would be easier.

Whatever you decide to do, start with the worst looking plant, that way by the time you get to the best looking one you have a better idea what your looking for and what to do
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airjordan
May 15, 2015 11:33 PM CST

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airjordan
May 15, 2015 11:34 PM CST
Swayback said:It's really hard for me to see the pics good, photobucket won't zoom and I'm on iPhone, if you just load the pics here it would be easier.

Whatever you decide to do, start with the worst looking plant, that way by the time you get to the best looking one you have a better idea what your looking for and what to do

I posted the pics
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Swayback
May 15, 2015 11:36 PM CST
I can't say if that's stuff is the rot, probably is, the fact that they're wrinkled says they aren't getting water, that means the roots or stem is dead...

I'd start whackin away at the most yellow one and see what you get.

It would be a good idea to get that fat round (mamilaria) cactus out of that pot, let him sit around a day or 2 to dry and put him in a clay pot with proper soil, the moon cactus might be able to stay there and be ok, I can barely see it in the pics but it looks ok to me from here...
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airjordan
May 15, 2015 11:38 PM CST
Swayback said:I can't say if that's stuff is the rot, probably is, the fact that they're wrinkled says they aren't getting water, that means the roots or stem is dead...

I'd start whackin away at the most yellow one and see what you get.

It would be a good idea to get that fat round (mamilaria) cactus out of that pot, let him sit around a day or 2 to dry and put him in a clay pot with proper soil, the moon cactus might be able to stay there and be ok, I can barely see it in the pics but it looks ok to me from here...

So I use a knife and cut that stuff?
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Swayback
May 15, 2015 11:40 PM CST
airjordan said:
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The grey scales stuff at the base in the last pic just looks like cork, it's not rot, more like bark or an old scab, harmless.

The 3rd and 4th pic down, look really bad, I'd say that's a dead cactus at first glance... :(
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Swayback
May 15, 2015 11:41 PM CST
Just pull them out of the pot first, one hand on the plant one on the soil around it, it's rotten, it'll slip right out...
Then if it is dead start cuttin away chunks like you would a cucumber
Please tree mail me for trades, I'm ALWAYS actively looking for more new plants, and love to trade!

airjordan
May 15, 2015 11:42 PM CST
Swayback said:

The grey scales stuff at the base in the last pic just looks like cork, it's not rot, more like bark or an old scab, harmless.

The 3rd and 4th pic down, look really bad, I'd say that's a dead cactus at first glance... :(

So is it dead?
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Swayback
May 15, 2015 11:44 PM CST
airjordan said:
So is it dead?


Your gunna find out, that's why you should just pull it out, it might still be hanging it there and if so you don't really want to cut it up
Please tree mail me for trades, I'm ALWAYS actively looking for more new plants, and love to trade!

airjordan
May 15, 2015 11:44 PM CST
Swayback said:Just pull them out of the pot first, one hand on the plant one on the soil around it, it's rotten, it'll slip right out...
Then if it is dead start cuttin away chunks like you would a cucumber


How do I know if its dead?

airjordan
May 15, 2015 11:45 PM CST
Swayback said:

Your gunna find out, that's why you should just pull it out, it might still be hanging it there and if so you don't really want to cut it up

Can I cut it and plant it and regrow a new plant?
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Region: Kentucky Tropicals Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Cactus and Succulents Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Swayback
May 15, 2015 11:46 PM CST
It should be pretty obvious, no root hairs and peices falling off.
They'll be slippery maybe... The skin might slip off the core of the root
Please tree mail me for trades, I'm ALWAYS actively looking for more new plants, and love to trade!

airjordan
May 15, 2015 11:48 PM CST
Sorry for my ignorance I'm 12 don't know much about cactus but it has sentimental value so I'm trying to save it

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