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Mar 4, 2017 9:12 PM CST
I got a cactus from a friend who passed away last April. I looked online and it is either a Christmas Cactus or a Easter Cactus. When I got it the cactus was neglected. It was starting to die from the bottom up with the base all brown and shriveled. I took the cactus out of the plant pot and noticed the roots were brown and looked like they were dying. I trimmed away all the dying roots and cactus. I then transplanted the cactus in another plant pot with new cactus soil I bought at Home Depot. I water it once a month or when the soil is dry. I temporarily supported the cactus with chopsticks so the cactus won't lay in the dirt. It is still shriveled, but no sign of brown on the base of the cactus. I hope the cactus wil l survive, but thinks it may die. I want it to survive. What do anyone think and any help I would appreciate it. I took pics of the cactus. One pic is to show how big the clay pot is compared to the size of the cactus. Other pic shows the cactus shriveled and may not be easy to see. Thanks.
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Mar 5, 2017 7:36 AM CST
I think, Easter cactus, however which one of the two doesn't matter.

I'm not great with these but I'll start the suggestions.
Sure doesn't seem to be getting anything via roots. If you cover with loose plastic bag, it may keep enough humidity in to let the segments plump up. Water the cactus soil, which we should assume drains well, then cover. the whole thing with a bag supported on sticks.

Are you in a cold or warm place? These things come from cool moist forests; the cactus name is really misleading.

You can make cuttings of a few segments, and stick the bottom of those in a small new pot. They root easily, but in this dehydrated state, I'm not sure how well that will go.
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Mar 5, 2017 8:23 AM CST
My Easter cactus does not like to get dry. I have to keep it watered, never let it completely dry or it will go limp.
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Mar 5, 2017 12:49 PM CST
The name is not that important as of the moment but that plant needs to be kept in humidity and moist soil until it recuperates. When you have a healthy Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter cactus then you can wait to water and it may be one month. The plant will indicate a need for water when the leaves start getting thinner, droopy or wrinkled. Your cactus needs water now.

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