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LanceVF
May 22, 2017 9:14 PM CST
Both of my cacti seem to have issues.

The first one seems to be yellowing, the other one just doesn't look healthy except for the top.

I water them both about once a week and they both get a good amount of sunlight. I live in Los Angeles so the weather is pretty consistent.

We did get a lot of rain recently. Not sure if that would affect them much or not.

Any advice?

Also how much water should they get in summer as compared to winter?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 22, 2017 9:33 PM CST
Welcome!

They are probably overwatered. The first could be suffering some sunburn. How long have you had these cactus? Did they spend the winter outside or inside? If inside, and you moved them outside into sun immediately, they are very likely sunburned.

The second one does look bad. I'm not sure its savable.

In pots in winter, if you watered them once a month, it would be plenty. In the summer, maybe once a week, depending upon what they are planted in.
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LizDTM
May 23, 2017 6:51 PM CST
The second one is fine. I have a big one of these in my front yard. It does this - looking scarred and not-so-green. Look at the beautiful new growth at the top. That tells you that it's healthy.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anaïs Nin
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 23, 2017 6:58 PM CST
Thanks Liz. I hadn't noticed the new growth.

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tarev
May 23, 2017 7:01 PM CST
If there is no mushy, squishy part, I would try and repot them into their own individual containers, remove other succulents growing with it and separately pot those up. Check it out first, sometimes the part under the soil line maybe doing very bad already but the upper portion still looks salvageable, if that is the case, I would cut off the lower part and set it aside to callus, then repot.

Use a wad of newspapers and thick gloves to protect yourself.

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LizDTM
May 23, 2017 10:24 PM CST
Here's a picture of my San Pedro. I will take some more where you can see portions that look completely dead with brand new buds growing out of them.



By the way, one of the buds fell off or was knocked off. I let it lay around in the front yard for months, then I stuck it in some cactus mix in April. It's already rooted and blooming on its on. I truly believe these cacti are indestructible.

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anaïs Nin

LanceVF
May 24, 2017 5:36 PM CST
Daisy -

Thank You!

Your input is very much appreciated!!

I've had these both for years and they have spent all of their lives outside. I live in LA so winters and summers aren't too drastic, but this was a super rainy winter.

I think I overwatered them in the winter. I watered them once a week. Its nice to know they only need it once a month then.

LizDTM

Thank You!

Okay, that is great to know! :)


Thank you!
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LanceVF
May 24, 2017 5:39 PM CST
Tarev!

Hurray!

Thank you for your insight. This is all great information and I will look into everything you suggested.

LanceVF
May 24, 2017 5:41 PM CST
LizDTM

Wow! That is great to know. We had a violent wind storm recently and they took quite a beating. I'm happy to know they will be fine. nodding
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LizDTM
May 24, 2017 10:28 PM CST
Here are some San Pedro cactus pictures from the one in my front yard. You'll see that buds sprout from limbs that look completely dead.







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And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anaïs Nin

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