I recently adopted a cactus from my grandma but I’m not sure if it’s dead? The roots don’t show any sign of fungus but the brown/dryness on the bottom concerns me [even though the top still looks green]. If it is still living, how should I water/sun it? I live in hot/dry southern California. Thanks! <3
Your plant is severely desiccated! It probably hasn’t been watered enough and/or has been exposed to too much heat. The bottom is pretty much toast, but you can save the green part at the top.
– Cut at the bottom of the green area with a sterile blade.
- Dust the wound with cinnamon powder and let dry and callous over for at least a week.
- Plant in very fast-draining media, like pumice or coarse sand. The more grit the better. Plant deep enough that the little guy doesn’t fall over.
- Keep out of direct light and water just enough so that media doesn’t dry out completely. Keep it out of temps below 50 degrees.
- WAIT. New roots can take weeks or months to form, and with winter coming growth will be even more slow.
- Pull *gently* on the cactus every few weeks to check for root growth. If you feel any resistance that means your cactus has rooted. YAY!