My Rat Tail Cactus is very very unhappy and maybe nearly dead
(Madison, WI, USA)
Picture of limp rat tail cactus
Well, this is a cactus, but I think they are a type of a succulent.
I started this cactus from a very small cutting and was very very pleased with it's growth until it took a tumble.
That put a little narrowing "bump" in it, but it came back strong.
Then while it was sitting in its normal spot on the shelf in the picture window- with it's "nose" kind of hanging over the shelf closest to the window- we had a terrible and immediate cold snap and it seemed to get kind of frost bitten. That seemed to be the end of it.
Then the weather was really weird and the humidity levels inside totally unmanageable, I over watered it for what it was able to absorb.
By the time I figured this out, this poor little plant had become fairly limp with it's nose still looking a different shade of green, than the rest of the plant, from the "frost bite".
Finally I cut back the watering a lot to allow it to dry out and it just keeps getting more limp.
Now I started doing a "flooding" letting water run through and out (now with a little fertilizer as a last resort) alternating with almost complete drying. That's why the strainer is under the pot inside the tray just to be sure it is completely draining.
But it is still getting thinner and limper. I don't think it has enough roots to be delivering proper water to the plant.
It is in proper cactus soil that drains really well, but I am not sure- can't recall clearly- if it always was that way or if I switched that out somewhere along the way.
I just don't know what to do with this anymore and I'm afraid it is all but done. I am including 4 photos. Hope they show well enough.
I can't tell if all 4 photos got loaded(?) I will try them again.
My poor little rat tail cactus is now limp and lifeless, now what?
Hello, my tablet is in the shop. So no picture today. Suffice it to say my Rat Tail cactus is nothing to look at anyway.
It is still sitting under the grow light and I have resisted watering it. You said it might still have a "bud" that will grow. So, if it does, what do I do with the plant now to give it the best chance of coming forth?
Do I continue to leave it under the grow light? When do I finally water it? What else do I need to do or know about this?
Thanks much, jw