When I brought my cactus in for the winter this year, it fell over and broke
into 3 sections. With other cactus', I would just clean up the wound, let it
dry for a few months and then stick it in soil. THis cactus is not behaving
that way. It refuses to dry out. Instead it just developes this big ugly wet
moldy rotting spot across the entire botton. It was a big enough chunk that
I could try again by cutting off the rot but its doing it again. I have it
sitting in some kitty liter to try to dry it out but its not looking good.
How do I get it to dry out so I can root it?
What is the proper scientific name of this "cactus"?
It appears the reason your cactus broke into pieces is because it has been
rotting away from the inside for some time now.
If so, you cannot save it.
You should dispose of it before the other plants get infected.
it's the one on the right. The other one was one that I trimmed at the same
time. It is nicely dried out. but you can see the brown rot on the one on
the right. It was a 4 ft high columnar cactus and was in perfect health. No
interior rot to begin with.
get a very sharp knife and dip it into bleach. then cut the cactus about
half an inch above the rot. Look at what the core looks like, if it's not
mushy, you might have a chance. but like Cereus says, if it broke into three
pieces, chances are it has a fungal rot and you need to give up on that
particular cactus and root the one on the left and buy another cactus.
madgardener who FINALLY got ALL my cactus and succulents and tender African
bulbs inside yesterday before the hard frost we got last night.....(whew!,
although I ache like you can imagine.......the pain is good, now all I have
to do is watch for hidden critters........)
Its Espostoa lanata.
From the dark cortex, you can tell that the rot has penetrated far into the
cortex. The fungal hyphae penetrate deep into the cortex long before you see
the actual soft rot.
If you cut all the all the stems with the same blade without sterilizing it,
you may have already spread it to the other plants too.
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