All Things Gardening forum: Help ! is my cactus dying?!?!

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Feb 23, 2018 12:19 AM CST
Ok so ive had this cactus for about a year now and i have put much attention into it however
watering it once a month and letting it near my window
however since the start of the winter (december-ish) it started to look strange
ive asked my mom for some help since she has a garden, however it hasnt really helped my guy out
i changed his earth and all but he hasnt been getting better
is he dead ? if not how do i help !
his soil is moist and i dont think its a good sign....
His top part is all mushy and dark but the stuff on his sides are all red and hard and his core is green and hard too
please help !

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Name: Tofi
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Feb 23, 2018 12:54 AM CST
I think the main top part of the red cactus (Gymnocalycium..?) is dead, but those babies perhaps can be rescued by grafting, I don't have much success with cactus grafting, but many other member have very great skill here.
there also lots of grafting threads in this site try this one for example
The thread "Grafting cacti" in Cactus and Succulents forum
Name: Laurie b
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Feb 23, 2018 1:21 AM CST
Hi Hamu:
Welcome; Hope you get some good answers soon.

I don't grow cactus so I am just getting a reply to you while you wait for a resident expert to find you here. We have a cactus and succulent site you should search and see if any past questions could be helpful. How is that soil to the touch, and for how long now has it stayed too damp? If its really wet and is not seeming to dry out like it use to, you can remove the plant on it's side carefully on a little pile of paper towels. They will help pull the excess water more quickly, giving you a better chance of saving it. The around the dirt will dry in the air faster than in a pot.

It's a bit late tonight, but I am sure someone will have good advice for you tomorrow. Welcome again. Hope the little guy will be fine.

Name: Will Creed
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Mar 9, 2018 11:31 AM CST
Hamu - Here is some basic advice on Cactus care. Provide maximum direct indoor sunlight. Avoid repotting and damaging tender roots. Allow the soil to dry almost to the bottom of the pot before watering.
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Name: tarev
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Mar 9, 2018 12:45 PM CST
Hello Hamu, read this article about growing moon cactus. https://www.gardeningknowhow.c...

You will better understand why it is being grafted to a rootstock.

I also like watching this video, very detailed and informative to better understand how to do proper cacti grafting and care:

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