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Name: Sophie
Montreal Canada (Zone 5b)
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Nov 24, 2017 7:48 AM CST
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Hi! I love cacti but I don't know much about them. Unfortunately my cactus is turning brown and I don't know why.

I have specific soil for cacti, I changed the soil when I noticed the change in colour but it hasn't gotten better.

If it's dying, is there any way I can save it?

Thank you!!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Nov 24, 2017 11:47 AM CST
Welcome!

Yes, its dying. No, no way to save it. Sighing!

Moon Cactus, by their very nature, are living on borrowed time, no matter how well you take care of them.

Moon Cactus are two cactus varieties grafted into one plant. The bottom part (Hylocereus) is supporting both itself and the colorful ball on top (Gymnocalycium). Its a parasitic relationship with no chance of either partner surviving. Sorry!
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Nov 24, 2017 12:13 PM CST
I agree with Daisy; it appears to be a variety of Chin Cactus (Gymnocalycium mihanovichii) Yours might be the Moon Cactus (Gymnocalycium mihanovichii 'Hibotan')

You can read more about them here:
https://shopaltmanplants.com/p...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Name: Sophie
Montreal Canada (Zone 5b)
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Nov 24, 2017 3:19 PM CST
Hi Daisy and Plantlady,

Wow thank you so much for your answers.

Very informative, I'm sad about my cactus but so happy to have learned something new!

Do you have any recommendations on what cactus I should look for next? Something inexpensive and easy to care for that might not have a limited lifespan?

Thank you again!
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Nov 24, 2017 4:41 PM CST
I don't much like thorny or spiny plants and don't grow them so I can't offer much advice on which would be a good choice. You might find some good ideas on the Cactus and Succulent Forum: https://garden.org/forums/view...
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Nov 24, 2017 5:26 PM CST
Look for Echinopsis or Parodia. Both easy to grow and flower at an early age. You can also find Gymnocalycium that are not grafted - they won't be as brightly colored but also are not the usual green and have less spines and pretty flowers.
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