House Plants/coral cactus


I was given a coral cactus about a year ago i repotted it like you instructed. It was doing great until i left it for a week. When i got back the  base was soft and mushy & falling over. I dont know what to do now. Can i save it or is it a gonner??? Please help.

Coral Cactus and other succulents usually die from too frequent watering (or letting stay dry too long)...
Soft and mushy sounds like being too wet for too long...Sounds like it may be a gonner...Did you water it too heavy before going away for a week...You want to make sure they go dry between waterings...They do rot out easily if kept too wet...You can only wait and see what happens to yours...
Water your plant based on how much it weighs when thoroughly watered VS when they are ready to be watered again...Most plants die from too frequent waterings...Pick the pot up and feel how heavy it is after watering it thoroughly...Don't water it again until it feels considerably lighter and the soil top of the soil is light in color...
Direct sunlight (especially morning sun) is good for most plants...Cacti love light...

Hope this helps...
Rick in southern NJ

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Richard Hern


I can answer many common garden center/greenhouse houseplant questions such as , proper care, propagation of, pest problems, identification, growing mediums, construction, etc. & many more..


I currently manage a private 16 acre estate. i am in charge of the general maintenance of buildings and i supervise the landscape maintenance staff. i teach landscape/horticulture evening classes for a community college in NJ. I taught landscape/horticultural classes for a NJ vocational high school for 5 years. prior to that I owned & operated a landscape/garden center facility for 20 + years. My experience is in commercial & residential sales & care of houseplants as well as landscaping.


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