Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: [Newbie] [San Pedro] Skin Problems after Cutting

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zubconscious
May 1, 2017 11:55 AM CST
Hi all! Hurray!

I just signed up to this forum after searching far and wide for a suitable place to post this.
The collection of knowledge and kindness is very impressive. I hope I can find help for my cacti here.

3 days ago, on April 28th I cut my 1 year old San Pedro cactus. I left the bottom part with the roots, because it looked perfectly healthy. I treat it like my other plants. (Put it out on the balcony when the sun comes out etc.) The middle part I threw out, it was scarred from previous sickness and rather slim. The top part was strong and thick so I only cut the tip in order to create a mother plant. I left it to dry at a cool and dry place.
I do not know anything about the scars "Sanny" had when I got him. In fact I only got him a few weeks back. When he moved in with me and the other guys and gals he adapted well and did not show any symptoms from the rather long trip to my place.
Well, I cut him and now the top part shows a red dot, much like a pimple. Also little white dots are forming on both parts.
They are kept fairly separate in two different rooms.
The bottom part has its "wood ring" become more and more pink. (On the picture it is grey.)
I will include pictures of both pieces.
If you could help me out with "Sanny" and "Sanny Jr" that would be great.
I am very grateful for any advice Crossing Fingers! Sighing!

Greetings from Austria

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 1, 2017 12:37 PM CST
Welcome!

The only worry I have is the red bump. It looks like a scale insect. If it is (and there are others), soak a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and wipe the red bumps off. Then watch carefully for more.
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zubconscious
May 1, 2017 1:01 PM CST
Hey thanks for the quick answer.
Hmmm, it does not really look like an insect.
I just tried rubbing it off anyways. Sadly (?) it did not come off. It really looks like a pimple; part of the skin, but unnatural, and red in the middle and becoming greener on the outside. It is about 0,5mm in diameter.
Thank you for the message!
Name: tarev
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tarev
May 1, 2017 1:12 PM CST
Sometimes the white scars are like its delayed reaction from cold/moisture exposure, but as long as it is not getting black or oozing with black sap, I will just let it be, just continue to keep warm and dry. It will be like its battle scars from whatever distress it had before.

Not sure of the red blemish. Just observe a little more for now.

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zubconscious
May 1, 2017 1:15 PM CST
Thanks for the truly competent answer.
I thought it might be a delayed stress reaction from transport or the cutting.
I will report back about the red blemish, if you care to know more about cactus pimples.

I wish you a wonderful day.
Name: tarev
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tarev
May 1, 2017 1:29 PM CST
Sure, keep us posted! It will be interesting how it goes. We always learn new things along the way. Smiling
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 1, 2017 5:37 PM CST
Hmmm... Think I've just been told I'm incompetant. Smiling

I wish you and your cactus well.
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zubconscious
May 7, 2017 9:15 AM CST
DaisyI said:Hmmm... Think I've just been told I'm incompetant. Smiling

I wish you and your cactus well.


Hey,

English is not my native tongue, I am sorry if I messed up with something Whistling .

Greetings

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zubconscious
May 7, 2017 9:19 AM CST
Hi alll,

I am here with an update I tip my hat to you. .
The San Pedro is not gettingn worse. The red pimple changed its structure, it now feels very similar to the normal skin.
Just the white dots are getting more and more. Also there are two new spots which have black dots in them.
I am truly afraid that both pieces will not live much longer.
Are there any emergency aids that I can apply, without knowing what the problem is?

Greetings from Austria
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 7, 2017 10:12 AM CST
The problem is that you cut the top of the cactus off in the first place. If I understand correctly, you had only owned this cactus for a short time. And it had a rocky history (thin spot, scarring). Then you decided you needed more San Pedros and beheaded it.

The original plant was probably a rooted cutting without that much in the way of reserve. Cutting the growing tip off is okay IF you have a healthy growing plant. I also suspect the cutting you took off is not big enough to sustain itself until its able to root.
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zubconscious
May 7, 2017 10:39 AM CST
It looked really really healthy except for the thin spots and scarring on that particular zone. The color was a perfect green and the roots are strong.
I bought it off of a very renowned Lophophora Williamsii specialist. "The guy" in the German parts of Europe.
The cactus was labeled as "2nd Class Plant". Seeing that the roots are very well developed I think that only referred to the looks of the cactus.
The cutting is drying well, no signs of mold at all. Just the skin problems...
It is 4-5 inches. During my research I saw people do it with way less than that.

Do you have any idea what I can do to make life easier for the plant?
Applying sulfur powder randomly or something like that.

Thank you so much for putting up with a noob like me.

All the best
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 7, 2017 1:35 PM CST
Maybe you should consult with the Lophophora Williamsii specialist.
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

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zubconscious
May 7, 2017 3:38 PM CST
DaisyI said:Maybe you should consult with the Lophophora Williamsii specialist.


Yeah, I sent them a mail a few moments before writing the update here.
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Hamwild
May 7, 2017 7:22 PM CST
I'd be interested in his response.

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zubconscious
May 8, 2017 8:18 AM CST
He already answered.
And what he essentially said was:

The white things are scarr tissue. Maybe a bird got it or maybe if I have a cat, that may have damaged it.
Does not look pretty but it is fine.

The red dot is more special.
It consists of Water captured in the skin that started fermenting.
If it does not grow should be fine, if it gets worse I should cut it open with a very sharp knife.

Thanks for all the help and effort people!
It is a very tough cause to be solved. If all goes well (and he is right) I will report back with a case closed message.

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zubconscious
Jun 8, 2017 7:38 AM CST
Sooo it has been quite a while now and everybody is doing great.
The motherplant is super healthy and going strong while the cutting is now healed enough for it to start rooting.
Thanks for the great support.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jun 8, 2017 9:29 AM CST
Good to hear that! Thumbs up

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zubconscious
Jun 10, 2017 8:03 AM CST
The rooted update has just started branching off ! Smiling
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jun 10, 2017 9:47 AM CST
Love good recoveries! Hurray!

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