Posted 3M ago by @ashleighsgarden

Rescue tips?

I got this corn cob cactus a few days ago and he’s looking a little rough. Any tips to help breathe life into him?
i’m also new to the plant world so all i’ve done is repotted him into a slightly bigger plastic pot with drainage holes. thinking about moving him to a larger terracotta pot, but i don’t know what would be a good size?
4” pot with drainage
Last watered 2 months ago
My experience has always been that cactuses are pretty hardy and frequently bounce back! I would not recommend repotting at this time, especially if you just repotted a few days ago. You want to avoid transplant shock! Give it another week or so before making any more changes to see how it reacts to the new pot/new spot you already have.
@Penelopeia thank you!! i’ll keep an eye on it, anything i should watch out for specifically to know if its doing well?
@ashleighsgarden that’s a great question and I want to say up front I am NOT an expert so take this with a grain of salt!

If the cactus starts to yellow or brown, or shrivel, those are signs that it’s not doing well. But that could point to a watering issue and that’s where I would try to start diagnosing the problem. Cacti prefer a wet and then dry environment to thrive. You can get a bamboo skewer and stick it into the pot the cactus is in. When you think it’s time to rewater, pull the skewer out and see if it’s still moist. If it is, put it back into the soil and don’t water, and check again in a few days.

Cactuses are pretty slow growers so it may be hard to determine if anything has changed in a short amount of time, but I’d say that if you don’t see anything actually bad, that’s a good sign. I don’t own one of these specific cacti myself, but in looking online, I feel like yours looks pretty par for the course! The only “issue”—by which I mean difference bewteen your cactus and others I see online—is the directional growing. This is probably due to where it was located before and what kind of space it had to grow.

Hope this helps! I’d love to see updated progress pics!
@Penelopeia thank you so much for sharing!! i have been thinking about getting a moisture meter, but a bamboo stick seems like it would be more aesthetically pleasing so thank you for that advice :)