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    Save My Cactus :'(

    I purchased a cactus, in one of those little 3 inch in diameter plant pot thingies.

    I moved, and decided to replant it at the same time. After having grown very rapidly under my care, she was getting taller than the pot was deep or wide, so I figured her roots must be cramped by now in that small pot.

    Her previous environment was in the small pot with a few hours of sunlight per day filtered through a window with drapes. Zero direct sunlight.

    Her present environment is a larger pot. For soil, I mixed 25% miracle grow with dirt from the ground near some alive & healthy bushes. Currently outside with more hours of light, and all of it direct sunlight.

    Why are some of her young appendages turning from healthy green to sickly orange?

    This is quite a catastrophe.

    Advice?
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    Re: Save My Cactus :'(

    Cacti do not like to be moved, they have the hardest time with transfers. I think you may be giving it too much nutrients. With owning a cactus, you typically don't have to do anything, they strive on harshness which means don't water them unless theres been a drought for a while, and don't give it miracle grow, just let it do its thing.

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    Re: Save My Cactus :'(

    well, i live in northern california. it hasn't rained in about 4 months, so i water once every week or 2.

    i mixed the miracle grow with 3 parts crap dirt for every 1 part miracle grow.
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    Re: Save My Cactus :'(

    Quote Originally Posted by earthpigg View Post
    well, i live in northern california. it hasn't rained in about 4 months, so i water once every week or 2.

    i mixed the miracle grow with 3 parts crap dirt for every 1 part miracle grow.
    That's too much watering probably. Out here in AZ the cacti go a month or two without water and they crow like crazy. It could be the environment. It's actually easy to tell if a cactus is dehydrated or not. Do this as a guide line, on a piece of paper, fold an inch down, then take that fold and fold it an inch down towards the other side of the paper. If the cactus has sharp pointed ridges around it, it's dehydrated, if the edges are more bloated looking it has enough water, and it may be over watered.

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    Re: Save My Cactus :'(

    wait, how does the folding paper interact with the cactus?

    your directions just say to fold a piece of paper a bunch...
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    Re: Save My Cactus :'(

    Oh boy,

    I don't have a cactus and know nothing about it, but this is so intriguing I subscribed to this thread. A piece of paper? I have to know what this is about.


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    Re: Save My Cactus :'(

    I think he's suggesting you use the side of a piece of paper to feel or scrape the "skin" of the cactus to see if it's rough or smooth

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    Re: Save My Cactus :'(

    Quote Originally Posted by earthpigg View Post
    wait, how does the folding paper interact with the cactus?

    your directions just say to fold a piece of paper a bunch...
    It's Zen Origami....takes your mind off your cactus problems for a moment....it worked, didn't it?
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    Re: Save My Cactus :'(

    Did you sterilize the "crap dirt"? I wouldn't recommend using ground dirt in houseplants (including cactus). Get some cactus mix potting soil if possible, and pot it in an unglazed clay pot with good drainage. If you can't find cactus mix use a regular potting soil (without fertilizer), and put about an inch of sand on top. You should be able to find a 40 - 50 lb. bag of playground sand for about US$3 or so at any home improvement store.

    Only water once a month or less now that winter's coming on. I don't usually water mine at all after 1 Oct.

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    Re: Save My Cactus :'(

    Quote Originally Posted by earthpigg View Post
    wait, how does the folding paper interact with the cactus?

    your directions just say to fold a piece of paper a bunch...
    Oh yeah, well it gives you a guideline for how the ridges would look. If you stretch it half way, that's what the ridges should look like with enough water, and if you scrunch it to a quarter of the total length and the ridges look like that then it's dehydrated.

    It's something we're taught in AZ when we're little. Kind of like how you guys learn that the rings in a tree represents each year it has been around. We don't really have trees so they had to teach us something about the plant life.
    Last edited by Legendary_Bibo; September 12th, 2010 at 05:55 PM.

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