Ask a Question forum: Old cactus turning brown. Should I be concerned

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New Jersey
BillyGarden
Dec 24, 2017 8:31 AM CST
Hi,
I have a cactus (and please correct me if that is not the proper term for what it is called) that is around 25 to 30 years old.
It has been turning brown and scaly looking from the bottom up. The areas are hard to the touch (i.e. not mushy).

It has always been indoors and for the last 13 years it has been in the same place in my house in front of an east-facing window. The AC/Heating vent you see has always been closed.

I have read about many things that it could be based on other people's posts and pictures but I would like to get feedback on the pictures I am posting.

Thank you
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Dec 24, 2017 11:28 AM CST
Welcome!

Your plant is Euphorbia trigona and the term you are looking for is "corking". The bottom of your plant is getting old and woody - sort of like a tree trunk.
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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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Dec 24, 2017 11:38 AM CST
Beautiful, AND ! HUGE, WOW !
How, the heck do you keep it from falling over ?🤔

Looks like normal barking to me, like trees make bark.
👍👍👍
😎😎😎
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Dec 24, 2017 11:46 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. D'Oh! D'Oh! Corking !#!#
I've allways wondered ?🤔??? Why they call it barking . I mean, come on now , Catus don't bark, dogs do.
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Dec 24, 2017 2:34 PM CST
Its not called 'barking', its called 'corking'. Smiling
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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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Dec 24, 2017 3:09 PM CST
Daisy ??? Did, I, not, correct, myself ?

Merry Christmas 😀😀😀
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Dec 24, 2017 3:18 PM CST
Yes you did but sometimes all that head slapping makes me dizzy. Rolling on the floor laughing

Merry Christmas to you too!
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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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Dec 25, 2017 8:57 AM CST
It was my homemade wine, fault .
It makes me bark, when I can't cork.

It's hear Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Y'all have a Blessed and Merry Christmas 😎😎😎🕺
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
New Jersey
BillyGarden
Dec 25, 2017 11:49 AM CST
I appreciate the relevant feedback. But every time I get an email that there is a reply which ends up being a personal conversation between Philipwonel and DaisyI, it wastes my (and anyone else following this) time.

Please be considerate and remember the guidelines..."Please only reply with answers and discussion relevant to this current topic".

Thank you

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