Why Is My Cactus Dying

Maintaining healthy cacti isn’t always easy. But if you understand their needs and how to meet them, you can keep these plants in good condition for years.

So why is your cactus dying? It may be getting too much or too little light, soil that isn’t draining, not enough water, incorrect temperature, or exposure to pests.

Too much light can cause red patches and discolorations and, ultimately, death. If your plant is placed too close to a window, you may need to move it away and supplement bright sunlight with artificial light. Too little light will result in a weakened plant, eventually succumbing to rot or disease.

Insufficient drainage can cause roots to rot as they sit in stagnant water, so make sure your pot has a drainage hole and use soil specifically made for growing cacti and succulents. Make sure it never sits in still water – but neither should it be allowed to dry out completely! Water moderately when the top of the soil feels dry but below this level remains moist.

If temperatures are either too hot or too cold for your cactus, then moving it indoors might be necessary. Outdoors provide natural air circulation, which prevents pests from taking hold – close-by windows aren’t enough since glass shields pests from circulating air currents. Dusty leaves prevent them from absorbing sunlight and nutrition, so wipe every few months with a damp cloth or sponge and diluted soap solution.

Finally, check if there’s any damage due to movement while planting; this stuns cacti, so they don’t photosynthesize efficiently – reduce the problem by using more sand around roots at planting time and refrain from overwatering!

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