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Jan 11, 2016 10:26 PM CST
Name: Kelly V
Portland, OR (Zone 8b)
I recently posted in the cactus and succulent forum about my dying Christmas cactus. Over the last few months, the leaves have become wilted and a darker green than usual. A month ago I was concerned, so i removed the rootball and found that the soil was rock solid. After breaking up the solid dirt i repotted the rootball in fresh soil. I thought maybe the plant was showing small improvement until two days a go a limb 1/3 of the plant's overall size fell off! I am very concerned about the plant as it has a lot of sentimental value. Can you help? Thank you in advance. Below i will post a link to the thread i created (with pictures):

The thread "Unhealthy Christmas cactus, please help!" in Cactus and Succulents forum

Thank you very much for any advice you might be able to give.
Jan 11, 2016 11:50 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Posting in the Cactus and Tender Succulents Forum was the correct place. If you just give it a few days folks will respond. Look at the images you posted it would seem that taking cuttings to start a new plant is the way to go. Thumbs up
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Jan 12, 2016 6:59 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
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I agree with @Greene. Take cutting and start new plants.

The problem may be that the plant was so stressed with the potting soil problem, that it will take some time for those ill-affects to run their coarse. Starting cuttings will be your "emergency" plan in case the plant continues to decline.

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