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Roxygreenthumb
Feb 19, 2018 12:33 PM CST
Dear fello planteers

Please tell me if you think I can still save my San Pedro plant and how to go about this?

I jut got it one month ago and I think I overwatered.

Looking forward to your feeback.

Roxy
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DaisyI
Feb 19, 2018 12:54 PM CST
Welcome!

Yes, the roots are gone. What is that purplish thing over on the side?

The only hope is to re-root the top. With effort, that can be done. Using a sharp knife, cut the cactus off just above the rotting part. If the middle of the top part has any brown, the rot has moved up the core. Sterilize your knife with alcohol and continue to cut (sterilizing your knife in between cuts) until there is no brown. Hopefully, you will have something left.

Let the top sit in a shady spot for a week or more - you want the cut to callous over. Then, pless it firmly onto the surface of a pot of NEW barely damp cactus soil with perlite or pumice added. Then wait. It could take a couple months. The cutting will be living on stored energy until new roots grow. In the meantime, the cutting can't use water so keep it dry to barely damp. Hopefully, it will root.
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Dbrennan84
Feb 19, 2018 1:24 PM CST
Yeah I agree with Daisyl. It might take a while for the roots to grow again but they're pretty resilient. Just need some cacti soil and time

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