Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: How far gone is this guy? Help!

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Charleeann013
Jan 4, 2018 11:50 AM CST
Hi everyone. I just joined to try and find some help for my poor cactus. About a month ago I noticed some fuzzy white stuff on the needles of my otherwise healthy and thriving cactus. I've had this guy for about 4 years and while he's not big, he was grown from a tiny baby so I love him very much! I just pulled it out of the soil to repot and it is all white at the roots and looks like it's slowly dying from the bottom up! This came out of nowhere, it had been blooming flowers the month prior. Is it too far gone or can it be saved??
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DaisyI
Jan 4, 2018 4:07 PM CST
Fuzzy white spots on the spines could be mealybugs. But why did you repot it the middle of winter? Is the brown part of the stem usually underground? Is it solid? The roots look like healthy cactus roots.
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Charleeann013
Jan 4, 2018 6:40 PM CST
I always repot him in January so I was sticking with what worked for us in the past. I report him once a year. The brown part has been under the soil so I didn't notice it until now. It does have healthy roots so I'm wondering why the bottom is so brown and dead looking.
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DaisyI
Jan 4, 2018 11:40 PM CST
If the brown part is not squishy, your cactus is most likely fine. It could just be the beginning of corking.
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Baja_Costero
Jan 5, 2018 2:23 AM CST

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I think the green part stops being green when you bury it below soil level. As long as it's not soft, just pot the plant up at the depth it was before and you'll never know the difference. Smiling Be sure to avoid watering for at least a week afterwards.

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