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Help me! I am Dieing.... (Kirk my cactus, not me)

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by kirk_the_cactus on November 22, 2005 04:02 PM
Hello everyone.. first post here, hope someone can help [Smile] Kirk my cute lil cactus seems to be dieing on me. I am assuming it is because i over watered him. (I STUPIDLY used a little spray bottle on his needles) I only did this obviously cause I didnt know what I was doing or how to take care of cacti. Is there any way I can save him? Attached are some photos of him in his glory days and how he looks now. His flesh seems to be a lot spongier than it was and his once prominent growths have slackened and fallen over and are also shrinking...

What can I do?!?! Kirk needs to be saved!

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by tkhooper on November 22, 2005 09:00 PM
First off get some cactus potting soil and repot him where the soil is not wet. Find a nice sunny location for him where it isn't humid and then I think you have to cross your fingers and hope. I've had them explode on me when I went to lift them out just because I have very high humidity in my apartment from cooking.

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by RugbyHukr on November 22, 2005 10:57 PM
do not mist cacti

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by njoynit on November 22, 2005 11:09 PM
He's cute.
wear welding gloves or something strong like cow hide when re potting.course I also added tongs and used plastic sheeting when moveing some prickly pear.

If get thorns in hand....get duct rip er off.
deep ones brown sugar& dawn dish soap make paste wrap in guaze remove in 12 hours& wash.I use it for rose thorns,but works on cacti thorns too.

I use a schultz cacti mix here in states.You need Longy.he's your area and would know EXACTLY which soil you'd mix feels gritty& has perlite added.

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by margaret e. pell on November 23, 2005 01:46 AM
The pale, thin growth is because it's not getting enough sun. Give it lots of sun, not much water, pot it up in a shallow pot with gritty, quick draining soil. You're coming into summer, right? In a month or so it should be in a position to sort out what needs pruning or rerooting or what. Good luck.

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may God bless the WHOLE world!
by kirk_the_cactus on November 23, 2005 09:23 AM
thank you so much for all your help... will be heading to the nursery to pickup some nice gritty soil and repot Kirk into a larger bowl. It is summer here now so no shortage of sunlight, I'll be sure to keep him out on the balcony during the day to help his recovery [Smile]
by weezie13 on November 23, 2005 10:35 AM
And please, please be sure to come back
and let [gabby] us know how Kirk_the _cactus is doing... [dunno]
Good [angel] or bad [devil] , we [Cool] love [Love] to hear [gabby] updates... [critic]

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

by kirk_the_cactus on December 15, 2005 06:51 PM
an update on poor lil kirk... kirk has passed away [Frown] gave him a nice new home with nice gritty soil and a big bowl and plenty fo sunlight but he just kept shrivelling up. Now he is all tiny and brown [Frown] time to get a new one ! kirk2 shall survive !
by margaret e. pell on December 15, 2005 09:23 PM
With my deepest sympathy, keep the next one in a small bowl. We've all had plants die, glad to hear there will be a Kirk 2!

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may God bless the WHOLE world!
by Sorathien on December 16, 2005 05:25 AM
cacti prefer small pots. i have a cactus that is in a tiny pot compared to how big it is. i water it maybe once every 2-3 months, and its doing great.
by t_d_guy on December 21, 2005 07:36 AM
wow you guys just answered all my questions!

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