All Things Gardening forum: Is my cactus mammillaria bocasana roseiflora dying or sick?

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Aug 7, 2017 2:38 PM CST
I've always found cactus very intresting so around the time of my birthday (4/19/2017) I bought one, now it is my first plant and I want to live a long healthy life iv'e done a pretty good chunk of research, but since this is my first plant i'm not sure if the condition it is in right now is healthy or not so I just wanted insight on what to look for to make sure it is healthy.
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Thanks in advance :3

Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Aug 8, 2017 8:20 AM CST
The only thing you need to do, is ! Give it more sun. Outdoors. Thats why it is enlongateing. Pointy top. Introduce to sun slowly.
Out in spring. Inside in winter.

Looks close to up-poting. Wait till next spring . Be sure to use some well draining soil.
I use equal parts potting soil to aquarium gravel.
In winter. It won't need much or any watering.

Also : I allways bottom water mine.

Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Aug 8, 2017 12:33 PM CST

That's a Mammillaria bocasana roseiflora? That cactus is usually completely covered with white hairs with one 'hooked' spine in the middle.

Powder-puff Pincushion (Mammillaria bocasana 'Roseiflora')

Did you buy it that way? There is no way that plant will ever handle any direct sunlight. Keep it in a bright spot - no sun. If you do decide to let it live outside this summer, find a shady spot.

Mammillaria are VERY prone to rot from overwatering. Feel how much the pot weighs right after you water and then allow the pot to get very light before watering again. Cactus with white 'fur' are very drought hardy.
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Aug 11, 2017 1:41 PM CST
Yes, it looks like it needs more light. If it's inside, put it right next to a sunny window. Hours of daily sun would be ideal. If it's outside, start out in bright shade and give the plant a couple of weeks to get used to that before you even consider more exposure. These plants are grown under protected conditions in greenhouses and do not like lots of sun when they first come out.

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