Cactus growing or dying?

Discussion in 'Cacti and Succulents' started by TKrall, Jul 22, 2017.

  1. TKrall

    TKrall New Member

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    I have had this cactus for approximately two months, the last two-three weeks the top has turned a light green color, lost its spines and is now working downwards towards the base. Is this good or bad? I think I may have overwatered it to start, but have cut back tremendously and now water it a minimum amount. I am new to caring for cactus and succulents and need some guidance, any advice is appreciated! :)
     

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    vitog Well-Known Member

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    Does the container for the cactus have any drain holes in it? The soil should be able to drain freely.
     
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  3. mandarin

    mandarin Active Member 10 Years

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    Has it really lost its spines, or merely not grown new spines? This looks like classic etioliation, i.e. thin, weakly spined, light green growth, primarily due to a lack of light. Where has it been kept?
     

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