Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: I recently cut my plant..

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MrWalt
Apr 20, 2017 8:20 AM CST
Hello everyone! As the title states I cut my plant in half because of a nasty sunburn. I waited about 2 to 3 weeks before potting it again. Today I noticed that the bottom of the plant is turning brown. Its not soft or mushy at all. I did water it as soon as I potted it so perhaps that was a mistake.
Do you think the plant is dying? I will post a picture if requested! Thank you all!
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tarev
Apr 20, 2017 11:55 AM CST
Hello Mr. Walt! Yes, a picture of the whole plant will be helpful. If you have before and after photos, that would also be nice. Kindly advise too your general location. Before you made the cut, how long have you been caring for the plant?

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MrWalt
Apr 20, 2017 2:08 PM CST
tarev said:Hello Mr. Walt! Yes, a picture of the whole plant will be helpful. If you have before and after photos, that would also be nice. Kindly advise too your general location. Before you made the cut, how long have you been caring for the plant?


Hello, and thank you for your response! I will post a picture of before I cut it and two pictures showing how it is now. In the pictures showing its current condition you will notice that it is only brown on one side of the plant.


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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 20, 2017 2:43 PM CST
Cacti is typically dormant during the cold months. Sometimes what you see as sunburn, may not be sunburn but the plant undergoing corking, normal aging of the plant. This desert plant can take direct sun and heat.

Since you just cut it too, it is still in recovery phase, no roots to drink up water, so watering it immediately was not helpful for your plant. I also notice your container is rather too big for the cutting, ideally you should use shallow and wide rather than deep and big, so it will not take long for water to dry out. The soil should be grittier. I prefer to use cacti mix with added pumice or perlite, to really make it well draining.

Your last photo shows there is some rotting right at the part where your plant touches the soil line.You can unpot it and inspect again the bottom part of your plant. If it is indeed rotting, what I would do will be to cut again till I see fresh unblemished part, and set it aside to callus. But if that rot is creeping in deeper, sorry to say it maybe time to let go.

If you are willing to test and experiment if it can come back, set it aside, apply some cinnamon as fungicide on the cut end, allow to callus, as last effort. If it does survive, use a smaller container, not too deep, wide and shallow preferably, use cacti mix with lots of pumice or perlite. It takes awhile, for new roots to grow, as to how long, it just depends on your growing area. Position in part sun and wait patiently. No fertilizers to be applied, it needs to recover first. It is growing time for cacti, awake from their winter slumber, so hopefully the timing will be good, and hope there is enough energy remaining on your cutting.

Good luck hope it recovers!

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