Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: How can I help this little cutie?

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Giomt123
Feb 24, 2018 6:43 PM CST
Hello all!

My cactus body is a different color.. the bottom is soft but not abnormally so. However, the top of the body is suddenly hard and discolored under the pink flower. I watered it a few days later than usual so I watered it today in hopes it will improve. Any suggestions?

Thank you!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 24, 2018 7:08 PM CST
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lauriebasler
Feb 24, 2018 7:40 PM CST
Yep. When you come back with your new plant, do as you are here and look thru the forums so you are asking questions to the experts for what your growing


Houseplant in houseplant forum
Cactus in Cactus and succulents forum
Plant name unknown in Plant id forum

and so on. Go get a new plant! @Giomt. Good luck.


Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Mar 3, 2018 9:03 AM CST
Don't quite understand the replies, Your plant is toast. Base shows signs of rotting. They are short lived at best. It is a desert cactus grafted on a tropical cactus. Tropical cactus can take more water but still when you buy them, they come in the wrong soil which is too peaty and holds water too long and most people over water them. They must be in bright light and like so many here, I lost many myself. For me the base continues to live on which is a form of Dragon Fruit. Good in a hanging basket which the stems hang down some length.

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I purchased some cuttings already grafted to try again. I think the black color has some green chlorophyll in they so they are much hardier.
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So far so good. They are larger and well rooted.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 3, 2018 10:25 AM CST
Hmmm... I don't think I said anything more than "Your plant is toast" but my reply is gone.
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Mar 3, 2018 10:29 AM CST

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Poof! That was weird. Shrug!
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porkpal
Mar 3, 2018 11:26 AM CST
I was surprised - Daisy is seldom speechless.

I thought I had made a comment too, but if so, it is completely gone.
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Frenchy21
Mar 3, 2018 1:15 PM CST
Very strange that all those comments disapeared. Shrug!
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Stush2019
Mar 3, 2018 1:39 PM CST
Glad it wan't me. I though something weird was happening, and it did.
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Hamwild
Mar 5, 2018 1:24 PM CST
The top cactus is man made and unable to produce food on its own (hence being grafted to a green cactus that can produce chlorophyll for it). They are short lived though and unfortunately either the top cactus or the bottom one goes first.

Some folks remove the top cactus and grow the bottom piece (it'll make arms and branch out, like it would have had it not been grafted), but this one is definitely rotted (dying). I don't believe you can do anything at this point.
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DaisyI
Mar 5, 2018 1:58 PM CST
Thought you might enjoy this article from the University of Arkansas:

https://www.uaex.edu/yard-gard...
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Mar 5, 2018 3:43 PM CST

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Interesting. I had no clue that South Korea (70% of world production) was such an epicenter of grafted moon cacti.
Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Mar 6, 2018 12:51 PM CST
When I first heard this story, there was a rumor that it was the product of the Japan bombs dropped during the end of the 2nd. war.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 6, 2018 1:14 PM CST
Apparently, they are naturally occuring. That's why you and I can spend our time looking and breeding for variations.
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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Giomt123
Mar 12, 2018 6:03 PM CST
Thank you all for the responses (even though none were what I wanted to hear).
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Stush2019
Mar 13, 2018 10:28 AM CST
All part of the learning process. I have lost a lot of plants thru the years. Wish I knew about this site a long time ago.
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plantmanager
Mar 14, 2018 10:42 AM CST
I think all of us have lost a lot of plants over the years, but it is part of the learning process, like Stush says.
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