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Please help my cactus!

English forum - Posted by Sophie812 
Please help my cactus!
September 29, 2016 04:35PM

My cactus is shrink from middle! The shrinking part is turning white. But the top is still blooming. I repotted twice this spring and didn't water too much. It's always outdoors and has enough sunlight. Bottom part is yellow and seems smashed together..

I got it as gift. When I repotted I noticed the soil was too tight (soil was yellow due to the sand mix) what should I do now? Repot Again?? Or cut the babies off and transplant? THANK you!! I don't want it to die on me..

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Re: Please help my cactus!
October 01, 2016 08:53PM
Hello Sophie,

The white is probably a sunburn. Maybe it's why it shrink.

The pot is to big and the potting compost seems too organic.

How are the roots ?

If you don't like this form, you can cut, dry the wound, put it in good compost (big sand, little stones...) and wait until the cactus makes roots.

Sorry for my rock'n'roll english clin d'oeil

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Re: Please help my cactus!
October 03, 2016 02:26AM
Hi Sophie,
To add to what Aurore is saying : for aesthetics purposes (or life-saving purposes if the roots are dead ; check them), you can indeed make cuttings of your Mammillaria ; I would cut it in four parts : the three offsprings and the main body cut above the shrunken part ; let them dry (you can wait until Spring, really) and plant them in a sandy, well-drained, low-organic soil clin d'oeil
Re: Please help my cactus!
December 19, 2016 08:35PM
I would agree that it is sunburn. What type of exposure is it getting?

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