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Hello everyone, I am new here and I am hoping to get some help. My 11 year old daughter LOVES cactus so we got an African golden candelabra which she has had for about 6 months now. I've noticed in the last couple weeks that the green is turning more and more yellow like and in the last couple days it has started to lean a little. I also noticed tonight,  that the root of it (or the bottom) looks brown. My question is....Is it dead? Is it save able? If so what do I need to do to save it? What caused this? Any information anyone has will be so appreciated!!


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,530
    Hi, and welcome to the forum. 
    It looks like it's too wet and is rotting.
    I'd suggest it's in the wrong compost. They really need VERY well drained, usually gritty compost. 
    I must add , I'm no expert on cacti and I'm sure others will come along to give more advice.
  • Ante1Ante1 Posts: 2,855
    Hi @icalloway52 and @Hostafan1 .
    Hostafan tells you right. It's from too much watering. I'm sure that you can buy somewhere compost for cacti or use regular compost and add perlite or vermiculite.
    I have a few of them and over winter I water them only once. It's enough till spring and warmer weather.
  • Thanks y'all!
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,120
    edited January 2020
    The bottom of the stem has obviously rotted ; cut cleanly through with a sharp knife , discard the rootball ; keep the healthy material dry to callous for several weeks (unpotted) ; store somewhere cool and dry . Adventitious roots should appear after a period of time . Re-pot in the Spring .
    It should re-root and carry on as if nothing has happened .
    PS ....don't be tempted to re-pot too soon , African Euphorbias are adapted to extremely long spells of utter dryness !
    Good luck !!!
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