Been there. I ordered $130 of plants from Singapore only to have our Customs destroy the order and send me the empty box. Contracted Paypal and the company. Paypal gave me the run around for 3 months and the place I ordered them from said it was my fault. Happens. Did you order on Paypal. Did you notify them?
Stush2019 said:Did you contact the post master general to log a complaint. Cover cost?
I buy plants from Bob Smoley and most are cuttings. He tells me to set on top of pure perlite and don't water it until you see growth. I would put that on top of perlite and just mist with water with a table spoon of peroxide in it. I would mist only once a week and not wet the cactus at all. You may not see growth for a year. I would also not cut out the rot. I know of this happening and I didn't and mine healed itself leaving a brown scar. That cactus is now 3 years old and looks great.
I have seen some on Ebay and they are not cheap. It's aways the variegated ones that are the hardest to grow.
tarev said:Sad to see that Keith When I try to root cacti, what I do is apply a dab of cinnamon on the fleshy exposed part and really wait a long while for the plant to fully callous and form a scab, then I put it in soil. I never apply rooting hormone for them. Usually I time it when it is warmer weather to summer, when temps are really more stable. Media I use is really very course, almost more rocks than soil.
Looking at your photo, I think that cactus should have been re-grafted to another cacti with chlorophyll, and not attempted to root in soil.
tarev said:At this point, it seems late already especially if that rotting part is not healing properly. But if you want to experiment further, after all what have you got to lose, try and graft it. If your temps are still warm, it may still work. But typically it is better to do the graft when overall temps are warmer and with a healthy scion. So maybe you need to put it on a heating pad. If it grows, well and good, if it still fails..at least you tried.
Then get an ordinary moon cactus locally, observe the growth of that plant and learn from it further.
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