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Sep 9, 2017 1:57 PM CST
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New plant. Thank you!!!
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Sep 9, 2017 2:25 PM CST
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That looks like some kind of Gymnocalycium.
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Sep 9, 2017 6:14 PM CST
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I agree
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Sep 9, 2017 9:45 PM CST
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Name: Lindsey
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Thank you both!(:
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Sep 11, 2017 12:58 PM CST
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No idea but it sure is pretty!
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Sep 12, 2017 3:47 PM CST
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Name: Lindsey
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It is!!(: I'm just sorta frustrated though because I noticed that it felt a little squishy so I check its underside and its squishy and yellowish, so I think the greenhouse overwatered it or didn't have it in well-draining soil Grumbling
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Sep 12, 2017 4:01 PM CST
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Sorry to hear that. I used to have a Gymnocalycium like yours and it went soft, and that was the end of that. Blinking In my case I'm pretty sure that I shocked it with too much sun (a leading cause of death for my early cactus purchases). Another way it might end up like that is if it is watered too soon after repotting, something to avoid in general.

Sometimes the trigger for the downfall of a cactus is different from the process that actually brings it down, if that makes any sense. It seems like a variety of different things can cause a cactus like yours to melt down, which makes it a bit of detective work to figure out what was the event (or constellation of events) that set the process in motion.

Now you are familiar with the genus (those spidery spines!) and maybe have even seen some of the amazing flowers they can make, so next time you bump into one, you may be up for another try. Smiling
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Sep 12, 2017 5:20 PM CST
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Thank you so much!! The flowers are GORGEOUS! I'm just so sad, plus I paid 6 bucks for it Hilarious!
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Sep 12, 2017 5:27 PM CST
Name: Karen
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Lindsey, if you're up for an experiment and still have the plant, you could cut off the rotted areas of the base until you reach good live tissue. Let it dry, and then pot it up again, being very stingy with water until you see new growth. It might work. I've saved a few cacti and succulents by doing that.
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Sep 12, 2017 6:15 PM CST
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Thank you Karen! I am definitely willing to try that Smiling
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Sep 12, 2017 7:12 PM CST
Name: Karen
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Great! I hope it works. Be sure to let it callous before you plant it again. They do have beautiful flowers.
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Sep 12, 2017 8:47 PM CST
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Lindsey, while cutting may indeed be the only way to go if there is indeed rot, I would hold off for the moment. I'd almost say get it out of the pot you put it in, and make sure the roots are in good shape and then let it dry out for a few days, and then check the squishy spots again. The yellow I can see looks like regular cactus underside to me. If there is indeed the onset of rot, letting it air dry can easily nip it in the butt.

If you do unpot it, maybe you can post a picture of what it looks like. Was the soil in the pot you got it in really wet when you repotted it?

I grow quite a few of these and there are cases where they can get a little soft and be just fine.

Here is one, a different one compared to yours, but it shows how 'foldy' and interestingly colored some can get when they are stressed:
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This plant is not so much squishy but definitely a little soft. AZ summers even at morning sun exposure only can stress them out.
Because of the monsoon and the high humidity I had not watered it in a while, now that it is mostly just back to f'ing hot, I am watering it again. Though below 100F by the end of the week, maybe we will get a bit of a permanent cool down.
It is what it is!
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Sep 12, 2017 8:54 PM CST
Name: Karen
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Good idea, Thijs.
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Sep 13, 2017 9:32 AM CST
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Thank you so much Thijs! It was not really wet when I transplanted it. Here is a photo of the cactus! The top is firm yet the base is more squishy. I set it out to dry in my university greenhouse I keep my plants in, so hopefully the air will work! I did contact the greenhouse I bought it at and they said they will give me another!
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Sep 13, 2017 11:25 AM CST
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Hi Lindsey, The roots look fine, but I would definitely let it dry out for bit. Maybe there is a start of something going bad, but usually that also comes with the roots taking a big down hill turn. I the squishiness gets worse then that is a bad sign, but looking at your picture I do not see anything obvious that I would cut away. Also the plant is small enough that if you have to do a lot of cutting the chances of survival are not going to be that great.

So give it some time to dry out, repot it and then let it be without water for a while. Most potting soil is moist enough that you do not immediately need to water, the plant can get by with the trapped moisture.
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Sep 13, 2017 11:44 AM CST
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Name: Lindsey
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Okay cool thank you! I use handmade cactus/succulent soil that is WONDERFUL, so hopefully it will do fine. (:
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