Effective tips on how to save a dry and rotting cactus
The cactus is an unpretentious plant, but that doesn't mean it is disease-free. Cacti need three conditions for healthy growth: sufficient watering, optimal sunlight and well-drained soil.
Overwatering can lead to root rot. This will be visible by the change in color, as the cactus will turn yellow-brown or even black. House Digest tells you how to save a cactus that has started to dry out and rot.
Insufficient watering will also cause damage. The cactus will start to shrivel up and shrink in size, using up its moisture reserves. Low temperatures and wet soil will cause loss of density and rot, while intense sunlight can cause third-degree burns.
Root rot is usually caused by a fungus, leaving the plant vulnerable to infection. All rot should be cut to prevent further spread.
How to save a cactus
Check the roots carefully to make sure the soil is not dry or too moist. If there is too much water, allow it to dry out by placing the container in a well-lit area out of direct sunlight.
If the cactus is severely weakened, the "rescue" may take several weeks. Each variety of cactus needs sunlight and watering, so pay attention to the specifics of your plant.
Try to repot the cactus. Check the condition of the soil and watch for roots that may come up from the bottom of the pot. Even healthy cacti benefit from repotting every few years. Be sure to choose a pot with drainage holes.
Peat moss, coarse sand, perlite or pumice can be added to a special substrate. Water the cactus abundantly after planting and give it time to adapt and recover.
Earlier OBOZREVATEL spoke about unpretentious indoor plants, which almost do not need water.