hello, i am aware that this forum is mainly for outside gardening, but i wondered if anyone can help me on my indoor plant problem...
is my rebutia muscular meant to look like this??! if not, how do i fix it:(
That looks nomal to me. I would keep it on the dry side over winter, and then feed and water once a week from March. I would use a paintbrush to tidy it up a bit. gentle brushing removes rubbish trapped between the spines.
thank you so much! but what do you mean by the dry side? and ah yes i did wonder about the dirt.. i have actually just repotted it literally about an hour ago, i was hoping the dirt would find its own way out but yes i will brush it off, thank you
The name is spelled muscula, meaning little mouse.
oops! awwww that's sweet, i didn't know that... mine doesn't seem to represent little though... all the pictures i've seen of it are round, not tall
It looks like it has doubled in size this summer. This years growth looks different to the old part. By dry, I mean don't water it at all unless you have it on a sunny windowsill. If getting a lot of sun, I would give it a dribble once a month. I will be moving the cacti from prickly corner outside to an unheated conservatory. They get cold, which they tolerate unless they are wet.
What have you repotted it with ? Proper cacti compost is very gritty and free draining.
ahh okay so the bit underneath isn't dead? because it's really dry and has no bristles. i did dig my nail in a little and it was wet and green underneath though, i just don't be understand why all the images of this plant on google are small and round and cute...
and yes i did repot it with special cactus soil although i think it was a little dry as the bag wasn't left open for a while, so i gave them all a tiny bit of water (even though it said not to)
If your plant has not had enough light then it will grow taller (etiolation), so it sounds like it would benefit from a brighter spot.
You are advised not to water a plant after repotting it in case the roots are damaged, you should really allow a few days for any damage to heal. But if there is no damage then the water will not do any harm. I never water my cacti at all from about now until spring, the dormancy encourages them to flower around May/June. In any case, only water them when the compost is completely dry, or nearly so. If in doubt, do nowt.
the spot can't get any brighter, it's on a window sill that faces south!
the soil was bone try i hope that it won't do any damage... keep you posted i've taken on board your advice about watering, and i'll try that because they haven't flowered in ages now...