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Gardenmama7777
Jul 13, 2017 5:49 PM CST
I have had this cactus for about 15 years. It has struggled the past couple of years and I recently repotted it and now it's struggling more than ever. Any advice on what to do? It's sitting outside on my covered porch May-Sept and then inside the rest of the year.


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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jul 13, 2017 6:48 PM CST
Welcome!

I suspect it wasn't getting enough water because soil does wear out and stops being absorbent. The pot you transplanted it into is huge and has a saucer. Now, it might stay too wet. Too dry and too wet often look the same because the results are the same - dead roots. The soil actually looks very dry. Have you watered it since transplanting? If you just transplanted, you may want to move it to a smaller pot, care for it as usual and wait to see if it recovers.
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tarev
Jul 13, 2017 7:27 PM CST
Container is indeed too big, I would repot that into a much smaller one with drainage holes. Continue to position in that shaded porch, and allow to recover.
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Gardenmama7777
Jul 14, 2017 9:49 AM CST
Thanks for the tips. Is there any fertilizer that I should use?
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jul 14, 2017 10:23 AM CST
No fertilizers at this time, especially when plants are showing distress. Got to allow them to recover gradually.
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DaisyI
Jul 14, 2017 10:25 AM CST
No! Never fertilize a struggling plant. Wait until its healthy again. Then use any well balanced fertilizer at half strength.
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WillC
Jul 14, 2017 1:04 PM CST
Whatever was ailing your Cactus before you repotted, it was not because it needed repotting. Unfortunately, the repotting has only aggravated whatever the problem was. Move it to the smallest pot that the roots will fit into snugly. Follow the advice offered by others here and keep your fingers crossed.
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