Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Old Man Cactus, dying?

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Lindsey_blinsmon
Nov 6, 2017 12:38 PM CST
I've had this cactus for a few months, I don't remember what it was labeled, but I think it's an old man? He's been looking really good, but I got a weird feeling about him today, so I checked the bottom and it's dry and brown!
Is it dying?
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plantmanager
Nov 6, 2017 12:47 PM CST
It looks fine to me. I'd leave it out of the soil a few days to callous over the roots. Then re-plant it in good cactus soil and don't water right away. Let it sit a week or two and then only water a very small amount.
I killed a lot of these by over watering them. They take very little water to grow and be happy and yours looks fine to me.
Good luck with it!
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Nov 6, 2017 12:52 PM CST
Here is one of mine that has been growing for about 14 years now.

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Here is another one that has been growing about 11 years.

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Baja_Costero
Nov 6, 2017 1:13 PM CST

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To the extent the bottom is brown, it looks like it has been buried under the soil. I wouldn't worry about the brown part if it is firm. But do try to avoid burying above-ground cactus parts when you repot or transplant. Try to maintain the status quo that way when you seat the plant.

And don't water any cactus right after bare-rooting it, wait a few days to a week.

Karen, your oldies are gorgeous. Do they flower and make fruit?
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Nov 6, 2017 1:16 PM CST
So far they've never flowered, Baja. I keep wondering how long it will be or if they'll ever bloom. I'm just happy that I finally figured out how to grow them without overwatering them. I must have killed 4 or 5 before I got smart!
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DaisyI
Nov 6, 2017 1:50 PM CST
Mine is over 50 years old and I've never seen it bloom. The guy in Manteca (Mr. Poots) had them blooming every year.
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Nov 6, 2017 1:54 PM CST

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The one here started a couple years ago and seems to do it every year. But no fruit. Still looking for love, apparently. Smiling

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plantmanager
Nov 6, 2017 2:16 PM CST
What a beauty! How wonderful to see one bloom. Hopefully one day you''ll see fruit. I wish we knew the trick to getting them to bloom.
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DaisyI
Nov 6, 2017 2:29 PM CST
Well that's a disappointing bloom. If I have to wait 60 years (Oh, its 60 years old, not 50) to see mine bloom, I want it to look like a giant red Echinopsis flower. Smiling
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Nov 6, 2017 3:40 PM CST
I think it's pretty neat, considering how rare they seem to be! They can't all be Echinopsis blooms!
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Baja_Costero
Nov 9, 2017 7:38 PM CST

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It's a nice color combination, nothing spectacular. Usually in October. I was kind of more interested in fruit, really. Smiling
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 9, 2017 8:26 PM CST
Well, get out your little paint brush! Smiling
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Nov 9, 2017 8:30 PM CST

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I'm waiting for Oreocereus #2 & 3 to do their thing. Smiling They are different species but I am definitely getting out the paintbrush if and when they flower in synchrony. I don't think the one flowering plant (celsianus) is self fertile.
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DaisyI
Nov 9, 2017 9:47 PM CST
In orchid culture, we save pollen to cross pollinate two plants not in bloom at the same time. If properly treated, the pollen is good for a year or so. Is that an option in cactus?
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Nov 9, 2017 9:57 PM CST

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Never tried that myself, but it is in theory possible. You have to keep it cold with very low humidity, I think. I remember the aloe people were doing that. Anyway, that would be beyond me. I love the paintbrush (it's fun to play bee, visually) but if you don't store the pollen right, it's useless down the road.
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Faridat
Nov 10, 2017 6:49 AM CST
I also have an Old man myself, for about 8 years. It has never bloomed for me yet. I dont' know why. It gets enough light, but it stays outside in the winters in shaded place, getting sun, but not rain on him. The conditions are fine, but no bloom. @Lindsay_blinsnom, yours seems alright to me also, he's a fine Old man!
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