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Nov 1, 2016 1:15 PM CST
BACKGROUND: My plants are traumatized! About 2 months ago I had some kind of soil bugs in my 3 Thanksgiving Cactus pots (almost 1 yr old) and had to clean the roots and repot. One pot is doing well and starting to bud, but a couple of segments are a little transparent. On the other, some long segments are doing ok and others are shriveled. The propagating pot has some rooted and some not. I'm confused on if I should move the unrooted segments to another pot so I can start watering the rooted ones and how to help the other 2 pots.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Nov 1, 2016 1:48 PM CST

The first problem was how you handled the bugs. Usually, a couple waterings with insecticidal soap or other insecticide will get rid of bugs in the soil. I suspect you damaged the roots with your root cleaning. Now there aren't enough roots to support the top of the of plant. Hopefully, roots will grow quickly enough to save the plants. The unrooted cuttings do need to be watered, even without roots. You will know which ones are rooting because the leaves will get plump again.
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Nov 2, 2016 9:32 AM CST
I did a few web searches on how to handle the bugs. I wish I would have found this site before I violated my plants. Thanks!
Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
Houseplants Region: Pacific Northwest Sedums Orchids Tropicals Region: Mexico
Nov 6, 2016 9:20 PM CST
@Shemikaf, I think you have a chance to save some of your plants by propagating the healthiest stems. Please take this question to the cacti and succulent forum with your pics.
It's worth a try. Propagating succulents is tricky for me, The growers over there seem to be able to root anything. I am sorry about your plants, watching one get sick is about as unpleasant as can be.

Good luck.

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