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Justlittleariel
Apr 16, 2017 10:09 PM CST
My grafted or moon cactus is getting white hard sections on the stem of it and 1 of the babies comming off of the top is turning brown. The stem is still firm so im not sure what could be or if theres anyrhing wrong at all. Help
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Apr 17, 2017 12:31 AM CST
Welcome!

See the section that changes color near the bottom of the stem? That looks like the cactus has been overwatered. Does your pot have drainage? The soil looks very wet. Is it soil formulated for cactus?
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Justlittleariel
Apr 17, 2017 10:17 AM CST
I just had watered it. I thought it be from underwatering. And there is not drainage. I will try watering less. I have averaged a good water every week and a half and the soil is for cacti
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Apr 17, 2017 11:32 AM CST
It is extremely difficult to keep any type of cactus in a container without drainage. The reason for using soil formulated for cactus and succulents is that is drys quickly. By putting your plants in a pot without drainage, the soil is not able to dry and the plant is sitting with too much moisture against the roots for too long.

Cactus were designed for their specific environment: Lots of water and then dry for months. Most plant roots have little shut-off valves built in so only absorb as much moisture as they need. Cactus, because of their hot dry environment, do not. Any moisture is good - they suck it all up. In a pot, cactus need to be watered more often than every few months because the root systems are confined to a small space (in the desert, the roots grow for feet in every direction). The point is, your plant is not getting that dry spell between waterings. You may want to rethink that pot - your plants are drowning.
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tarev
Apr 19, 2017 12:04 PM CST
Hello Justlittleariel! If those were mine, I would repot them now to a proper container with drain holes and cacti mix with pumice.

I see another succulent there a haworthia which has much varying watering needs, it prefers to be on the dry side.

Your grafted cacti root stock is a tropical succulent variety that prefers to be on a moist side, but still requires very well draining media and container with drain holes. But be aware that that grafted cacti combo is not meant to last long, since the rootstock is a tropical succulent, while the scion, the one on top grows in a much slower and drier set-up. You can try and experiment instead to re-graft that scion to another desert cacti, if you want.

If you really want to continue using that container, use it as a cache pot, but the grafted cacti in another container with drain holes.
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Jai_Ganesha
Apr 20, 2017 4:22 AM CST
I agree with everyone else. Cacti and succulents must have drainage. Over the long term none will survive without it.
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