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Endergirl123
Aug 6, 2017 6:47 AM CST
I have a lophophora Williamsii and it has turned really squishy and soft, and less circular, it think it might be because I don't give it enough sun or nutrients, but does anyone have any idea why it's like this? Also there were a few insects and bugs.
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Baja_Costero
Aug 6, 2017 10:50 AM CST
Squishy and soft is not good news for your cactus. Provide as much light as you possibly can if the plant is indoors, ideally hours of daily sun. You cannot provide too much light indoors, given moderate temps and good air flow.

Nutrients are not an issue and best avoided while your plant is showing visible signs of frustration. If you do fertilize down the road, use a very low dose (like a half or a quarter of the recommended amount) and be sure to flush when you water.

Water well, until water comes out the bottom, then don't let the plant sit in standing water afterwards. Wait until the soil is dry to water again, which might be every week or two indoors this time of year with good light. Check the soil to confirm how long it takes to dry out.
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DaisyI
Aug 6, 2017 2:45 PM CST
Out in habitat, Peyote will go without water for 6 months but it definitely can't go without sunshine. Hopefully, it will firm up instead of turning to pile of mush.

Fertilizer for cactus is highly overrated - nobody is walking around the desert with a bucket of fertilizer. And desert dirt is the worst in the world. Don't tell Baja but this week I fertilized my cactus for the first time in 1 1/2 years. Smiling
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Endergirl123
Aug 7, 2017 8:51 AM CST
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Endergirl123
Aug 7, 2017 8:54 AM CST
Baja_Costero said:Squishy and soft is not good news for your cactus. Provide as much light as you possibly can if the plant is indoors, ideally hours of daily sun. You cannot provide too much light indoors, given moderate temps and good air flow.

Nutrients are not an issue and best avoided while your plant is showing visible signs of frustration. If you do fertilize down the road, use a very low dose (like a half or a quarter of the recommended amount) and be sure to flush when you water.

Water well, until water comes out the bottom, then don't let the plant sit in standing water afterwards. Wait until the soil is dry to water again, which might be every week or two indoors this time of year with good light. Check the soil to confirm how long it takes to dry out.



Thank You! there isn't much sun so should I just use a table lamp? It has daylight lighting, also it's manufactured from ottlite.
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Endergirl123
Aug 7, 2017 8:56 AM CST
DaisyI said:Out in habitat, Peyote will go without water for 6 months but it definitely can't go without sunshine. Hopefully, it will firm up instead of turning to pile of mush.

Fertilizer for cactus is highly overrated - nobody is walking around the desert with a bucket of fertilizer. And desert dirt is the worst in the world. Don't tell Baja but this week I fertilized my cactus for the first time in 1 1/2 years. Smiling




Could I use a table lamp instead? The lamp is manufactured from a company called ottlite and there isn't much sunlight in England :/ could this also be because of adding too little water, the soil goes really dry after a day or two.And thank for your answer, I really appreciate it Thumbs up
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Baja_Costero
Aug 7, 2017 12:31 PM CST
I have no experience with lights for plants, but use what you have, I guess.

This cactus (like most cacti) likes excellent drainage (lots of pumice, perlite, or equivalent in the mix). It looks like the soil it's in is mostly organic and pretty dense, judging by the dark color, so you can expect to water less often, because it will hold onto water for longer. This effect is exacerbated by low light (sun helps dry out the soil by direct and indirect means). So when in doubt, wait to water. And when you do water, water well.

Even though the top layer of soil may appear completely dry, the soil at the bottom of the container may still be quite moist (which is what counts when you're trying to figure out a good watering frequency). So you might want to poke your finger or a bamboo chopstick in there just to see what's happening underground.

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