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help! ROOT ROT ON PEDRO!!!
    #3107705 - 09/08/04 01:05 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

i've recently planted some pedro cuttings, and one in particular has gotten real bad root rot *its nearly black on the cutting location* but theres a phat taproot that has sprouted, so its alive...the top is yellowish, maybe sunburned? it's bright in socal...i only water maybe once a week if that so why am i getting rot?? are there any methods to help cure rootrot? thanx!


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Re: help! ROOT ROT ON PEDRO!!! [Re: soShroomHungry]
    #3107723 - 09/08/04 01:13 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Are you sure it's rot? Is it soft? Rot isn't really caused by too much water, but rather lack of air so I suppose it's possible if the soil isn't very porous. Also check your soil pH. Acidic soil encourages rot. You want your soil pH to be 7.5-8.5 If the tissue is soft and mushy then you need to cut all the damaged tissue away.


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Re: help! ROOT ROT ON PEDRO!!! [Re: Maverik]
    #3109861 - 09/08/04 09:12 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

yeah its kinda mushy...although maybe its just scabbing up...i used "supersoil" and some play sand on a 5/1 ratio, a "cactusguy " told me this was the best mix, rather than the actual cactus soil *boggles me* he said cactus mix burns it , too many chemicals...maybe i need some perlite or vermiculite??so do i cut off the rotted part, but leave the taproot? *it took so long to grow!* and i've got some "superthrive" and some "dip ' n' grow" ...do i just soak the cutting in this root hormone and plant it directly or what? there going outside at a friends house so using pots is pretty much out of the picture, there gonna stay where they go...thanks for the patience its greatly helping me!!!


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Re: help! ROOT ROT ON PEDRO!!! [Re: soShroomHungry]
    #3109917 - 09/08/04 09:22 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

pull it out, let things dry up good and see if that black mush hardens up.

If it doesn't, go to where the black mush turns back to green, then go a little further up and cut that all off with a good clean knife. Don't replant int he same soil, perhaps microwave your soil 1 minute for each cup of soil you have. Allow your cactus to callus up, and replant it.


edit: oh yeah, you want some perlite in there, like maverick said, anaerobic conditions facilitate more rotting.


Edited by neuro (09/08/04 09:24 PM)


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Re: help! ROOT ROT ON PEDRO!!! [Re: neuro]
    #3112870 - 09/09/04 11:56 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Neuro is right pull it out, let it dry, etc. I'm not sure what all you have to work with as far as soil ingredients but it sounds like you could use a looser mix. If you are in SoCal your mix should be dry in 2-3 days. If you just have the sand and soil mix em at maybe a 1:1 ratio. If you can add perlite or something else that gives the soil more texture even better. I'm currently using 1 part topsoil, 1 part compost, 1 part 3/16" screened limestone chips and .5 part sand and about a teaspoon of powdered dolomite lime for each pot. The lime gives the cacti lots of Ca. and Mg. which they need and basifies the soil a bit. Don't worry about superthrive or root hormones, I haven't noticed that they help rooting at all.


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