Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: My cactus is dying! Urgent help needed!

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Feb 7, 2018 2:25 PM CST
Hi guys! Lately, my cactus began to get softer so I tried to solve the issue with the help of a buckle and a stick. However, today I noticed that it began to wrinkle! Sad Any advice is more than welcome.

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Feb 7, 2018 2:27 PM CST
Write some more information, like what kind of soil is it in and how often and how much do you water it?

Feb 7, 2018 3:36 PM CST
I'm pretty new to cactus growing, so unfortunately I'm not sure what kind of soil it is. I'm putting another photo so you can have a better idea about the type of the soil. Also, I water it every two weeks.

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Feb 7, 2018 5:14 PM CST
I would be really grateful for any help...
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Feb 7, 2018 6:18 PM CST
Those little flowers are just glued on. They can be gently removed.

From the looks of the cactus, it needs much more light. It's growing very long and leggy due to lack of light. Don't over water. Cacti live happily on very little water, and over watering will rot and kill them quickly. It looks like the pot has a drain hole, which is good. You need it planted in a good cactus mix with maybe some extra pumice or perlite mixed in. Don't go adding a lot of fertilizers. Get it some sun daily if it's possible.
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Feb 8, 2018 4:12 PM CST


Karen has given you some excellent advice. To comment further...

It needs more light. As much light as possible, indoors. Like right by your sunniest south-facing window. You cannot give it too much light indoors.

Regarding soil, there are many kinds and a surprising range can be made to work. But look for a cactus mix at your local nursery, or try regular potting soil (not the water retentive or nutrient-fortified types) plus an equal volume of pumice, perlite, or equivalent. About 50% organic and 50% rock is a good working mix.

Be careful not to water the cactus right after you pot it up. In handling the plant you almost inevitably will damage the roots a bit, and they need some time to heal before you submerge them in dirty water again. So wait a few days to a week to water after potting it up.

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