Saving A Dying Cactus
Buying and watching cacti grow is a very rewarding process. But, what happens if the plant eventually gets sick? Here a few helpful steps about how to save a dying cactus.
Cut Rotting Parts
When rotting occurs, it is usually a sign of over-watering. The first step to take in order to save the cactus is to cut off the brown and black (rotting) sections. Next, you must decide if the plant needs to be put in new soil or if it can survive once the existing soil is completely dry.
Treating Cactus Rot
Remember, a cactus does not require as much attention as others plants, so make sure not to over-water your cactus. Most cacti that die after turning brown or black is caused accidental over-watering. Trim the rotting parts off with a knife and then decide whether or not to re-pot your cactus. It is vital to choose a pot that may be a bit over-sized, and has good drainage holes.
It’s certainly possible your cactus is receiving either too much or not enough sunlight, daily. One sign of not enough sunlight is when the cactus appears to be getting more narrow or rounded. In this case, it’s best to re-position the plant to receive more sunlight.
The obvious signs of wilting and shrinking suggest that more water is a necessity for survival. But, before adding water, make sure the soil is completely dry. It’s important that excess water drains easily, if your cactus is contained in a pot. Watering is a constant evaluation when it comes to your cactus. Water the plant about once per week indoors during the hotter months, and only when the soil is completely dried out during colder months. Water the plant outdoors when the soil is dried out.
Pest And Insect Control
Pests and insects can become cactus killers. Common insects, including the spider mites and mealybugs, can cause yellowing sections to form on your plant. Spider mites can be killed off by solutions found at most nurseries, and rubbing alcohol can take care of the pesky mealybugs.
Look For Discoloration
Owners must stay vigilant in order to keep their plants from dying. Mushy parts or discoloration are not good signs at all. When this occurs, it means the roots are likely rotting and dead. Remember to only water your plant when the soil is bone dry. This is the natural environment cacti thrive in.
The cactus is unlike any other plant. Most plants need water, but the cactus can survive for long periods of time without any access to water. Cactus roots are used to living on very little water, unlike any other plants you may be watching over.
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