Cactus and Succulents forum: Has anyone else had this happen before?

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Name: Paul
southern California
Zone 8B/9A
Region: California Herbs
cahdg6891
Aug 19, 2017 8:02 PM CST
I've had this cutting sitting out for perhaps a month, and when I went to plant it today my tongs punched through part of the skin on the bottom that was like tissue paper and I found a cavity that had brown gunk in it. This cutting has never even by touched by water as long as I have had it, so whatever this is was there or developing when I bought it.

The walls of the cavity are callused and rock hard, and the brown stuff is the texture of mashed pumpkin and has a slightly fishy odor. I took a damp paper towel and cleaned it out before rinsing it out to get the last of the brown stuff. There wasn't much of it in there, it was mostly empty space.

Has anyone had this happen before?


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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 19, 2017 9:29 PM CST
Yes, it rotted. But if you got all the rot out, it could still survive. If the rot has gone into the tissue, it will continue to rot.

I've had cactus that survived this adventure.
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Name: Paul
southern California
Zone 8B/9A
Region: California Herbs
cahdg6891
Aug 19, 2017 9:39 PM CST
It was mostly a hollow space with a small amount of brown stuff. Pretty irritating receiving a rotting cutting, but I am guessing they didn't know either. Hopefully that is the end of it, I didn't see any more rot and the entire inside of it after cleaning it out is a rock hard callus with no mushy spots.

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