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May 18, 2015 10:28 AM CST

My girlfriend took ownership of a cactus four months ago and she's worried it might be a bit unhappy. She's concerned about the browning colour of the 'rounded' one near the front in the image below. She's lightly watered it twice since having it.

Any advice? Is the colour OK?

Thanks very much!
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May 18, 2015 12:13 PM CST
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May 20, 2015 9:17 AM CST
Hi & welcome!

There's a forum for cactus/succulents here. You may want to ask in that section also.
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May 20, 2015 9:58 AM CST
I do not know where you are located. If you are in an area where temps are warmer already like above 60F overnight and goes higher in daytime, you can bring out that container. Cacti will appreciate as much sun as it can get. During winter it naturally stays dormant, so no watering needed, but once temps have warmed up, it likes some more water. It is actively growing in late Spring to summer, and they do like water, actually getting the sun and water, helps it form buds to bloom.

Some stepped up watering, does not mean daily watering either, so water thoroughly once a week or every two weeks. Making sure water drains out below.

Cacti does that natural corking or browning near the base, just the plant aging. So do not be tempted to overwater, need to maintain good interval. Adjust watering as seasons change. Typically less to no water in winter when it is dormant, more water when it is warm weather time, but still with intervals. Good drainage is important, so I hope that container has drainage holes. Keep the media very gritty and coarse, it does not like very moist, water retentive soil.
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May 23, 2015 6:10 AM CST
Tarev is exactly right!

Inch it out into the sun, too much at once will burn or even kill it.

It looks ok to me but the spines could be hiding trouble, it's hard to say from just the one pic
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