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My Coral Cactus sprouted pointed leaves 3yrs. ago.  I have been giving it 1/4c. of water weekly.  It was been growing more leaves and recently some of the bottom leaves are turning yellow.  I just added another 1/4c. of water thinking it might need more water since it has grown bigger.  What do you suggest?

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Hi CarmelAnn,

You have not provided any information about your Coral Cactus (plant size, pot size, available light, etc.) that would allow me to tell you how you should water. However, it is normal for older leaves to yellow and fall as they age. Excessive dryness or over watering can also cause this to occur prematurely.

The fact that you have had your Coral Cactus for at least 3 years and apparently it is healthy, certainly suggests that you should not be concerned about the leaf yellowing and there is no reason to change your watering routine.

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