Cactus and Succulents forum: Help with my cacti!

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GriB
Jun 1, 2018 9:08 AM CST
Hello guys!

I do not have any experience with plants and only own two cacti at the moment. I have had them for about 8 months now. I water them once a week or once every two weeks. I also let them have some sunlight a couple times a month but not often. One of my cactus has started leaning. Another plant that came with the second cactus has also started leaning and grown very long. I have included photos.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Smiling
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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
Jun 1, 2018 9:15 AM CST
Youve got 2 major problems - the painted cactus has bit the dust, from what im guessing too much water and improper soil and - the other pot isnt draining and not receiving enough light. You may still save the long succulent, by chopping it off, and mixing it with soil mixed with the top dressing and some coarse sand, placed in a plastic pot with lots of holes on the bottom. Just let it dry for a couple of weeks +3-4 days.

GriB
Jun 1, 2018 9:24 AM CST
Thanks for the advice Stefan! Since I am so clueless at this plant thing. When you say I should chop off the succulent, do you mean cut the long part and replant the part with the roots, or cut the long part and replant that until it grows roots? Also is there any way at all that I can salvage my poor cactus Sad can I cut out the rotting or dead parts at all?
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jun 1, 2018 9:29 AM CST
Your cactus is dead. You cannot bring it back to life. Throw it away, and learn from your mistakes. The first mistake is buying a plant which has been artificially painted, so the next time do not buy a plant which is already under stress like this.

Your second plant is still living and in the family Crassulaceae, likely an Echeveria or a close relative (not a cactus) but it's hard to tell because it's grossly etoliated. I personally would throw it away as well. If you insist on trying to save it, give it a very dry, rocky, soil with infrequent watering (allow it to dry completely out between waterings) and increase both the quality and duration of light it receives.
Keep going!
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GriB
Jun 1, 2018 1:37 PM CST
Thanks Jai for your response. I do want to try to save it. I will propagate my succulent leaves and also behead and replant the head of it. I'll try to save the stem as well since the roots are healthy. I appreciate the feedback and will make sure to replant it in better pot and soil Smiling
Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jun 1, 2018 1:46 PM CST
You're welcome!

Are you in the United States? If you are and want a couple small offshoots of Mammillaria vetula I can send them to you. Mine is white and green (no dye) and offsets readily. If not, no big deal.

I can't send plants out of the country lest we both get arrested!
Keep going!

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