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Edmonton, AB
Nov 26, 2017 7:54 PM CST
So I accidentally left these out in a storm. They had been doing really well and some flowers or something had started growing at the bottom. So I'm wondering if they are dead now they are looking pretty shrivelled and weirdly thick and squishy at some parts and then thin and hard at others. I kept trying to give them water and sun but no bounce back? Maybe they were waterlogged from the storm? Any advice from you avid horticulturists! Should I dry them out? Thanks a bunch.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Nov 26, 2017 9:30 PM CST
It isn't a Medusa's Head Cactus (Euphorbia flanaganii) but does look like a Peanut Cactus (Echinopsis chamaecereus).

Except from suffering from a severe lack of sunshine (that's why the tip growth is so skinny), it doesn't 'look' bad but I can't feel it. I suggest you leave it sitting on some almost dry cactus soil and letting it reroot. Its the wrong time of year for a project like this but its the best chance of survival for your cactus.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Nov 27, 2017 8:43 AM CST

Squishy ?🤔??? As in squishy mushy ???
Hard ? As in wood like ? Or hard as in normal regular firm feel ?

Squishy mushy, could be rot , and needs to be removed. If you suspect rot. Cut cati in half, see if flesh looks normal. If rotten, cut to good flesh, let scab over for a week, then plant.
If not rotten. ??? WELL !🙊😀😀😀 YOU HAVE THREE PLANTS. Hurray!
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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