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mckenbro
Oct 17, 2017 12:03 AM CST
Hi so I am thinking that my cactus has root rot. I have had it for about a year and a half and left it by the window and then it started to turn kind of brownish yellow. I went away for a few days and came back to see that it looks a lot worse. If there is anything at all I could do to save it that would be great! I just don’t know if I should be full on cutting the top of my cactus or just the roots or what. Please let me know!
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DaisyI
Oct 17, 2017 9:50 AM CST
Welcome!

Yes, its rotting; there's really no saving it. If you cut off the rot, I don't think you would have enough left to reroot. It wasn't getting enough light - the growth on top should be the same size at the rest of the plant.

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Baja_Costero
Oct 17, 2017 10:43 AM CST
Yes, the plant should "see" the sun through the window for hours a day, ideally. Maybe the window was obstructed outside? Were there curtains in the way? I don't think it will be possible to rescue your cactus but if you do try again, provide as much light as possible indoors.
Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Oct 18, 2017 4:55 AM CST
mckenbro said:Hi so I am thinking that my cactus has root rot. I have had it for about a year and a half and left it by the window and then it started to turn kind of brownish yellow. I went away for a few days and came back to see that it looks a lot worse. If there is anything at all I could do to save it that would be great! I just don’t know if I should be full on cutting the top of my cactus or just the roots or what. Please let me know!
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I haven't grown cacti for 20 years BUT I did have some once and a root rot problem. I cut the bottom off (using folded newspaper to hold them) and several sent out new roots and regrew.

And I brought them indoors in a south window and made sure they got watered less. Whenever it wasn't going to rain for a week, I set them back outside and they appreciated that. One bloomed.

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