Cactus S.O.S
Hi Everyone,

Looking for some guidance on how to help my Cactus friend here. I've had it for over six moths and things were going fine until about a month ago. I noticed the change in color and shape of each segment, but at first thought it was ok. Then the changes continued with the addition of the bottom of some segments looking dried out, and browning. I did some quick research and some resources said it could be root rot, but the narrowing of the top of the segments doesn't fit into that theory(as far as I could deduce). Now the segments are starting to fall away from the main system.

Any ideas on what is wrong and how I could help my little prickly friend?

Thank you!

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    PlntNrd How much light is it getting? The thinning and color change at the top is etiolation due to lack of sufficient light. It also looks like it’s in pretty wet dense soil.
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      Kristin It was getting diffused light from a window, but I just moved it to a sunnier window spot and I am hoping that helps. I have it in a potting soil made for succulents, but I have been thinking maybe I should add some sand to it to help it keep well drained. Thoughts? Thank you!
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    Pei Is it mushy to touch?
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      Kristin Hi Pei. No it is not mushy to the touch
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        Pei I don't think there's anything to concern to be honest! Cactus would change their color/appearance with water, sunlight, and age.

        One thing i would suggest though is to move it to a brighter location. You could see that most of the new growth is a lot smaller and thinner that's because they are not getting enough energy (light).

        Another you could also do it to repot it (not a must). not sure if it's the photo, but it looks to me that the plant is shifted to one side and sits too high!
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          Kristin Thank you Pei! Makes me feel a bit better. I will move it to a sunnier spot and see how it responds.

          Should I be concerned about the one segment in the image drying up at the bottom? I was going to clip it off, but I wasn't sure if it is an anomaly or a systemic problem.
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