Posted 7M ago by @k4tsuma

Hey guys, plant has randomly died on me almost over night and o have no clue what’s happened to it. I’ve attacked a picture of it now and the profile of my plant. (I know it’s probably not a golden barrel cactus but that’s what google told me)
4” pot with drainage
Last watered 7 months ago
Wouldn’t let me add this to the question so here is more. I had assumed that it had become squishy from overwatering, but when I felt it it had become dry. I have kept to my watering schedule but this appears to be the outcome.
@k4tsuma let’s see if @Gordo or @vvvelo or @rjw might know.

This is what I found.

If the cactus has been watered too much or not enough, the plant can turn white. This is because cacti require less water than most plants. Cactus soil should be allowed to dry out between each watering, but some cactus types can survive with little or no water at all.
@KikiGoldblatt can aloe vera survive with no water?
@SoigneChaya you have to water it or it won’t survive. Waterings are about every 2 to 3 weeks. If you have one they like bright indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight will burn their leaves. All of mine are in succulent soil. They tend to like to be on the dry side. I also recommend a pot that has drainage.
Not 100% sure I’ve attached a link that might help narrow down what the cause may be but hopefully the other members might be able to give you more insight. With your question about aloe vera not needing water. They are naturally evolved to store water so they require less. A good indication aloe vera needs watering is when it starts to feel a little bit softer when you squeeze the plant. Just make sure you give It very bright/direct light.
Hey Mia! Does this pot have a drainage hole in tree bottom for extra water to escape?
@Kiersten yes it does!
I’ve killed a cactus from underwatering but it took about 2-3 months and it wasn’t an overnight thing. I’ve also killed one from overwatering and it was fine one day and dead the next. I’d say it’s more likely that it’s overwatered especially since the soil looks wet from the picture? Did you make sure the soil was bone dry before watering?

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