All Things Gardening forum: My Cactus is dying :(

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Apr 5, 2017 8:25 PM CST
Hi, I have a rather large cactus and its been looking terrible. I went away for the winter and now back it almost looks too far gone to do anything. It was just so large and majestic it seems like such a shame. Any hope? I'm a total novice at this, kind of inherited it with the house.

Thank you for any help

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Apr 5, 2017 8:55 PM CST
Hi John, Welcome!

That doesn't look good. Was it outside in the rain for the winter? If so, where is this plant located? Did you have a house sitter watering for you?

BTW, its a Ferrocactus.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost


Apr 6, 2017 12:00 PM CST
Hi, Daisyl, Thanks for responding. It is in Portland OR, and which had a tough winter snowed and freezing rained several times, but It was on somones porch that was mostly covered. It was in the cold a lot though. The care person does not have any other cacti, and she said she watered it a couple times... Sad I told her she really didnt need to

I got it back about a month ago, when the yellow was only on two fins, but now its most of it and its leaning pretty bad.

Most places online say there isn't much you can do for cacti that get this, which I assume is rot?

Thanks for the ID, I didn't know even though Ive had it for 5 years.

Apr 6, 2017 12:03 PM CST
looks like a Ferocactus wislizenii
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Apr 6, 2017 12:17 PM CST
It does look very far gone, though I see some green on the back side.

Yes, that tandem of cold and being watered, is very bad, cacti is dormant in cold conditions.

The yellowed part will sadly just transition from yellow to mushy brown and dead. You can certainly try if you want to pull out the plant and set aside and keep it warm and dry. But the chances will be rather slim.

Apr 8, 2017 7:41 PM CST
Thanks, it is covered now from any rain, but its not looking good. Such a shame. Thanks for your opinions.

Name: Holly
"The land of flowers..." (Zone 8b)
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Cactus and Succulents
Apr 15, 2017 5:55 PM CST
I knew one of my older cactii was about to bite the dust when she began to flaunt her newly acquired hourglass figure!
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Apr 17, 2017 1:51 AM CST
I had a friend who kept a cover over his cacti and only watered them when he saw that there was rain in Arizona. His thrived.

Mine didn't.

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