Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Yellowing at the bottom of cactus

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allygator
Nov 11, 2017 9:34 PM CST
My cactus is yellowing at the base of it, and has also started to sort of wrinkle and shrivel at the bottom where it is yellowing. My cousin (who grows cacti too) cut off the yellow part and told me to let the head dry out before potting it. I'm unsure if that is the right procedure.. any advise? Also, I do not know if this is due to overwatering, or having too much sun..

Would be helpful in the future if I know about it. Thank you!

I water my cacti once a week and they are placed beside the window. It is sunny most of the time here - we only experience summer here.

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 12, 2017 4:18 PM CST
I'm pretty sure you overwatered. If it was sunburn, the top of the plant would be yellow, not the base.

What does it look like now, after surgery? What kink of cactus is it?
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allygator
Nov 14, 2017 6:02 AM CST
DaisyI said:I'm pretty sure you overwatered. If it was sunburn, the top of the plant would be yellow, not the base.

What does it look like now, after surgery? What kink of cactus is it?


Hi, thanks for the reply! I'm not sure what the name of this cactus is. Attached is a photo of its top and bottom of the cut head. Thanks!

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 14, 2017 11:16 AM CST
I'm not sure what it is either. I would say Mammillaria but the roots aren't right.

Your only hope for rerooting is patience. Its not a good time of year to take on this project as cactus go dormant in winter.

After the cut scabs over (that may be a week or so), place the cut side down on a pot of barely damp cactus soil and press it down so its making good contact with the soil. Don't bury any of the cactus body - soil/cut side contact is all you want. And then wait...

Hopefully, the cactus will root before it runs out of stored energy. It may be months until that happens. Don't water until you see signs of life.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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allygator
Nov 15, 2017 8:57 AM CST
DaisyI said:I'm not sure what it is either. I would say Mammillaria but the roots aren't right.

Your only hope for rerooting is patience. Its not a good time of year to take on this project as cactus go dormant in winter.

After the cut scabs over (that may be a week or so), place the cut side down on a pot of barely damp cactus soil and press it down so its making good contact with the soil. Don't bury any of the cactus body - soil/cut side contact is all you want. And then wait...

Hopefully, the cactus will root before it runs out of stored energy. It may be months until that happens. Don't water until you see signs of life.


Thank you so much for your help Daisy! I will follow your advise and hope that it stays strong enough to pull through this Smiling Thank you!

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