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Echinocactus Gruzon enjoys special attention among members of the forum: it is he who is saved most often. But if you carefully read all the messages on this topic, one more thing will become clear: the grub is probably one of the most persistent and patient cacti! And it is ruined only by the grossest mistakes of leaving, above all by the malicious bay. The most common reason for a bay is to transplant a purchased cactus and water it generously afterwards. At the same time, young cargoes endure such treatment a little easier, but the older and more solid the purchased copy, the easier it is to ditch it with your care. It is possible to save flooded loads only by re-rooting. If you do not delay, then you can save.
1. Gruzon Foxes
The purchased cactus was transplanted into a completely unsuitable soil and watered too abundantly after transplanting. This is what the cargo looked like just five days after that.
We must pay tribute to the owner, he did everything to save his pet: all the rot was cut off, and a small remnant of the cactus was put to dry.
Unfortunately, there was no continuation of the story, so the result is unknown. As a rule, in half of the cases, after such rot, cacti survive, babies are formed at the cut sites, which can then be removed and grown.
2. Gruzon sestri4ka
I can't help but quote the story of the hostess:
"I bought echinocactus about 2 weeks ago. I poured a little 1 time. Then I noticed brown spots below, not soft, but hard. And above these spots, the skin began to wrinkle slightly. And the thorns began to darken. The first thought was that he was drying. Well, I I watered it well. I also left the water in a saucer for half an hour. After a couple of days, after reading the information on the internet, I began to doubt the correctness of my actions. I decided to transplant it and see what it had with its roots. The roots were not rotten, but on I found microscopic bugs of white color and oval shape on the surface of the earth. I decided to process it for half an hour in hot water (I read somewhere that the roots should be steamed at a temperature of 50 degrees). Then I sprinkled the roots with crushed activated carbon and left to dry for 20 hours. as there was almost no earth in the pot,Then I bought him special soil for cactuses in the store and the next day I planted it in a larger pot. I also forgot to say that right after the transplant, I slightly smeared it with a brush dipped in apple cider vinegar. I read somewhere that it is necessary to wipe it from pests with alcohol, I didn't have it, so I decided with vinegar …"
Pay attention to how much the cargo endured! I think, in his place, everyone would have decided that it would be much better to die …
3. Gruzon Frau
This cactus was looked after like this (I quote the hostess): "In the summer: the ground is always wet, and in the winter it watered only when it dries up (I read it on some site), it stands on the south-western window, in the winter it sprayed it every day, it splashed against ticks." Unsurprisingly, the cactus rotted and died as a result.
4. Gruzon banshy-nan
This specimen is the victim of a misunderstanding of wintering:
The hostess thought that if there is no way to lower the temperature in winter, then the cactus will not winter, and it needs to be "watered a little once a month." I decided not to pay attention to the fact that the load stopped growing. What is "a little bit" - it's hard to say, but when this weight was taken out of the pot, the ground was wet, and the roots were already falling off voluntarily (the result of the high air temperature in the room and the cold draft on the windowsill, right along the wet roots).
Moral: the concept of "a little bit" is different for everyone, you need to rely not on the volume of water or the frequency of irrigation by day, but on the condition of the soil - it must always have time to dry out. The drying process should not take longer than 3 days.
5. Gruzon Guzel
Here again the standard actions: watering after transplanting and not a very good wintering. But in this case, the conditions of the cactus were better: it hibernated at 25 degrees and when watered once a month with two glasses of water (!). With this load, we did not fully understand whether there was rot or not (we were not told about the fate of the cactus), but his prognosis was positive.
And finally - an example of courage and resilience of all grubs! Vlada's gruzon - they began to fill it after the purchase and continued systematically for several months.
They poured in for two whole years, and only after that did he become like that.
All this time, the hostess did not change anything in the care and waited for someone to tell her what to do …
Moral: if your plant is unhealthy, do not wait for someone to make a virtual diagnosis, firstly, read the care requirements yourself, and secondly, note that it is statistically significant - the main problem with cacti is associated with waterlogging of the soil. First of all, consider whether you are watering your cacti properly.
Features of growing cacti
To reduce the number of weights and other cacti to be saved, I would like to remind once again a few general provisions:
- All succulent plants (including weights) belong to the storage of moisture, like a camel in the desert: once it is good to water and then not to water for a long time - this is correct, but watering often and a little bit is absolutely contraindicated!
- Wintering for a cactus is the same as sleep for a person: it is necessary to sleep, during sleep, none of us eat or drink, so the cactus on vacation is not watered, and even less fed.
- During transplantation, the cactus loses a large number of thin suction roots. If you water it immediately after transplanting, it will still have nothing to drink your water with, but for thick roots and root collar, such an amount of moisture will definitely lead to decay. The situation is exactly the same after wintering: there are no suction roots, they dried up over the winter, and therefore it is better to spray the cactus in the spring until it grows these roots.
- The body of the weights is not very protected from the sun, so do not spray them in direct sunlight and shade them in the hottest midday summer to avoid burns.
- The older and, accordingly, the more cargo, the less water it needs (it has more of its own supply).
The author of the article is Irina Bagdasarova (irina-bahus)