Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Help: Consolea rubescens has brown patches/damaged skin

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Jan 7, 2018 11:54 AM CST
Hello all,

I recently bought a Consolea Rubescens cactus on ebay and sadly on arrival, discovered that it has many brown patches and areas of scarring/damaged skin (which weren't visible on the ebay photos!)

Is this something caused by pests or mites that I can treat? I thought the brown patches may be 'corking' but there are marks the whole way up the cactus.

Any advice greatly appreciated!

Best wishes,
Tashi (from London)
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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Jan 7, 2018 3:36 PM CST

I don't even know how to begin.... Sighing!

Did this plant come bareroot? In #1, I think I see a papery looking edge just above the soil line. That's usually a sign of rot.

It has sustained some physical damage but I think a lot of that is cold damage. In #2, the brown woody looking section on the joint on the left is corking but the joint on the right has something else going on.

Also, I don't think this cactus was grown in adequate light - it seems a little too stretched for this particular species.

Its not dead yet but I think some fancy footwork will be needed to save it. For now, don't water. What kind of soil did you plant it in? The soil seems very organic and wet. If you just planted it, I am going to recommend a replant. Find some very sandy soil (bonsai or cactus) with added pumice or perlite (about 1/2 and 1/2) and a smaller pot. Barely moisten the soil. Put it in the sunniest warmest spot you can find and cross your fingers and toes.

Ebay is NOT a good place to buy plants. If you ordered from a seller outside your country, there is very little recourse. You can send photos and try complaining but chances are nothing will happen.

I hope you realize this plant will grow into a tree. It needs full sun and high temperatures to thrive.
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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