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Jul 14, 2015 8:40 AM CST
Name: Zavier
Philippines
Hello :)

So I had this baby zebra cactus for a couple of weeks ago and I noticed that the lower leaves had turned yellow and when I dig it out I saw the root tips are grey to blackish in color, is this root rot?I cut it and I let it dry, today is the first day. Will it grow again?Should I remove the leaves too??
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Jul 14, 2015 8:41 AM CST

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Welcome! retroplaug! I'm not sure what a Zebra Cactus is; would it be possible for you to post a picture?
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Jul 14, 2015 8:49 AM CST
Name: Zavier
Philippines
It looks like an aloe vera with white zebra like patterns,its a succulent.(sorry I can't upload a photo,my Internet's kinda down)
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Jul 14, 2015 8:58 AM CST
Name: Zavier
Philippines
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Jul 14, 2015 9:05 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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Welcome, retroplaug. I also don't know what the Zebra Cactus is, but if it grows/looks like an aloe vera, you want to grow it in extremely well-draining soil. I use 1/3 potting mix, 1/3 course perlite, and 1/3 sand. I have grown aloe vera for decades and I don't bother to water any of mine until the leaves start to shrivel/pucker a bit. In the winter I only water mine only every other month and in the spring summer, perhaps every couple of weeks.

If this was my plant, I would remove it from the soil and let it dry out completely for a couple of weeks. Since I have fungicides, I would soak the plant in the fungicide mix for 3-5 minutes after removing it from its pot and then let it dry out for those two weeks. After the two week period, trim off any mushy/bone dry and brittle roots and/or leaves before re-potting. Be sparing with your watering for any succulent you grow.

Good luck.
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I don't have gray hair, I have a lot of wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
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Jul 14, 2015 9:07 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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I see you posted a picture. The leaves look fine but the photo is out of focus on the roots so I can't really tell anything there. It could be my 72 year old eyes are out of focus. Whistling
drdawg (Dr. Kenneth Ramsey)

I don't have gray hair, I have a lot of wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
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Jul 14, 2015 9:10 AM CST
Name: Zavier
Philippines
Thank you very much! I'm currently residing in a tropical country so I don't need to worry about winter and frost.

Thanks!! Smiling
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Jul 14, 2015 9:16 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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Lucky you! I am jealous, terribly jealous. Sighing! Why don't you take a moment and post your location so that it shows on the upper right corner when you post. I am old fashioned (and old!) and like to see first names posted there as well. Just me. Sticking tongue out
drdawg (Dr. Kenneth Ramsey)

I don't have gray hair, I have a lot of wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
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Jul 14, 2015 9:19 AM CST
Name: Zavier
Philippines
Sure Big Grin I'm on it Smiling
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Jul 14, 2015 9:29 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
Thank You! Zavier. Are you "into" orchids or plumeria?
drdawg (Dr. Kenneth Ramsey)

I don't have gray hair, I have a lot of wisdom-highlights. I must be very wise.
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Jul 14, 2015 9:31 AM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Hello Retroplauge!

What you have is a Haworthia succulent, so just try to keep your media very well draining, if you are in a tropical location, add more pumice or perlite, like almost making it a very rocky media. It likes to be in a drier set-up. New leaves will form from the center of the plant. I would put some small pebbles or lava rock around the base of the plant to keep it propped up and not too touching the media. It grows actively during the warm months, and since you are in a warm area, that is good. But just be careful with the humidity aspect, if it rains a lot and your plant is too soaking wet, it may make the leaves go mush, so try to shelter the plant from too much rain, but still keeping as much bright light, not too much direct sun either, with good air circulation.

In my area, since our location is way too dry, I can let the leaves touch the media. But like any other succulent if it comes to a point when the media goes way too wet and humidity around is quite high, these plants do not like it. Those leaves are very efficient in holding moisture in them, so too much humidity does not go well with it.
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Jul 14, 2015 9:31 AM CST
Name: Zavier
Philippines
Umm..no..I'm actually into succulents Smiling
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Jul 14, 2015 9:32 AM CST
Name: Zavier
Philippines
Thanks tarev!
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Jul 14, 2015 9:34 AM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Thanks for posting your location, Zavier. So you are a fellow Pinoy Big Grin So Philippines right now is in an ongoing monsoon rain condition. So it will be a bit of a challenge, but try to have something to deflect the water away from the plant, or put it in under a roofline, but not getting any rain, to protect it.
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Jul 14, 2015 9:36 AM CST
Name: Zavier
Philippines
Actually tarev I'm a half spaniard nodding
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Jul 14, 2015 9:42 AM CST
Name: tarev
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Ah okay, a mestizo then. Smiling Most Pinoys are half of something, such a melting pot. I know it has been really rainy there. Which location are you in there, to the North or nearer Manila, or in the other islands. We have another member here who is in the Phil too and raising succulents as well. Feel free to join us in the Cactus and Tender Succulents forum. Welcome to ATP!
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Jul 14, 2015 9:44 AM CST
Name: Zavier
Philippines
Thank You!
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Jul 14, 2015 10:00 AM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Here is a link about your haworthia, so you can further understand the growing condition it likes:
http://www.cactus-art.biz/sche...

Happy growing! Give it time, it will recover, it really grows very slow.
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Jul 14, 2015 10:12 AM CST
Name: Zavier
Philippines
Gracias!
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Jul 14, 2015 10:33 AM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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De nada Zavier Smiling

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