Ask a Question forum: Cacti; Alive? Dead? Diseased? Anyone know what's up?

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Feb 10, 2018 7:51 AM CST
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I've included three pictures of the affected cactus. The first is the affected side, second the healthy looking side and third a zoomed in image of the affected area. Cacti seems firm not soft, nothing really wrong than what's in the images. Anyone know what's up? Anything to worry about?

Update: Bad news. After various attempts at rival, sadly the plant was rotten at its roots and died.
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Name: Bill
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Feb 11, 2018 8:17 AM CST
If the damaged area is firm without serious discoloration, perhaps you are looking at mechanical damage?
Did this exist when you purchased the plant? Perhaps in a smaller area or has the entire area enlarged as the cactus has grown in the time you have had it?
I really don't think that it is a cause for concern right now. You know mechanical damage could come from a very small bump when you brought it home, or in the retail place and as this little plant has grown, the tissue expands, and now you can see the effected area!
Like I said, don't be alarmed. Think of it as a boo boo! nodding
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Name: Will Creed
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Feb 11, 2018 10:33 AM CST
I cannot be sure from the photo, but I think you may have a mealybug infestation. If so, spray it with a dilute mixture of alcohol and water - 1 part alcohol, 5 parts water.
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Name: Daisy I
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Feb 11, 2018 11:17 AM CST
I agree I agree, some sort of insects. Wash the alcohol off right after you spray it on.

The hole looks like a couple of the tubercles were pulled off. It happens with Mammillarias when the little hooks get snagged and yanked. I don't see any rot so I think you are good.
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