Cactus and Succulents forum: Can my blue chalk stick be saved?

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MrMister
Jun 1, 2018 9:33 AM CST
I posted earlier this week about possible rot of my indoor blue chalk sticks. I noticed some of the stems were turning brown/black and mushy. Please see the attached picture. I removed the rotted stems and cut them off and then reinserted the remaining bit into the soil.

I think the problem is I repotted the plant in a much too large pot which didn't have good drainage which caused the rot. I also noticed a good number of what I think are fungus gnats flying around.

What's the best way for me to save this plant? Thanks

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purpleinopp
Jun 2, 2018 5:12 AM CST
I would remove & propagate the tops, use an unglazed clay pot in the future, and a different kind of soil without any peat in it. If roots are rotting, gnats would be attracted to that source of food, and they just naturally thrive in peat anyway.
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