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Red spots on a lophophora williamsii
« on: June 26, 2013, 05:58:13 AM »

Okay, So my lophophora williamsii that I just got has developed red spots.  This happened before I even put it in soil. I just put it in soil and it seems to be getting worse. I have not even watered this plant. I thought that red spots were rot from over watering. 

Can anybody give me some advise?  Thanks.
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Re: Red spots on a lophophora williamsii
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2013, 06:01:26 AM »

Can you post a pic?
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Re: Red spots on a lophophora williamsii
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2013, 06:04:42 AM »

Here it is.
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Re: Red spots on a lophophora williamsii
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2013, 06:06:11 AM »

The plant seems like it wants water. It is loosing it's firmness like my other cacti have done in the past when they needed watering. But i'm afraid to since I just potted it and it has those spots on it. 

I'm just a little worried because I literally just got this plant and I already love it. It's my first lophophora.
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Re: Red spots on a lophophora williamsii
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2013, 05:52:08 PM »

My cactus expert told me that excess sun/light will cause any cactus to turn reddish.
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Re: Red spots on a lophophora williamsii
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2013, 07:02:14 PM »

My cactus expert told me that excess sun/light will cause any cactus to turn reddish.

Hmm. Most of the people that grow lophophoras that I talked to said that it is 99% likely that it is either rot or red mites. Maybe even a scab. :(
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Re: Red spots on a lophophora williamsii
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2013, 11:59:52 PM »

Well red usually indicates too much light with baby cactus. That's an older one so it may be different.
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Re: Red spots on a lophophora williamsii
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2013, 12:48:16 AM »

I don't think it is because it appeared before it was even under light.
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Re: Red spots on a lophophora williamsii
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2013, 01:18:29 AM »

It could be a fungal infection..
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Re: Red spots on a lophophora williamsii
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2013, 04:12:31 AM »

Whatever you do don't water it for at least as couple weeks. Let it get settled in first.

Lophs sometimes gets those red spots and usually they are self-limiting. I don't know if it's fungal or what, but for right now just keep an eye on it and don't worry about it being soft. If it gets mushy then you can worry. Give her light and a nice airy spot and I think she'll pull through just fine.
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Re: Red spots on a lophophora williamsii
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2013, 04:34:52 AM »

Okay, I haven't watered yet. I'm trying to let it get acclimized and let any root damage heal before I water it. I took it a little farther away from my light incase it is getting burned. 

She seems very healthy. But I always worry when my babies get sick.  :P
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Re: Red spots on a lophophora williamsii
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2013, 06:16:49 AM »

Three things; were the feeder roots (small hairy ones) trimmed off when you received it? How long was it allowed to sit after you received it? Did you sterilize the growing medium before potting it?

I have had this happen before and Bach is right, do not water it.

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Re: Red spots on a lophophora williamsii
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2013, 08:12:46 AM »

There was some soil around the roots. but there were a few small roots in it. It seems like the soil they left on it protected the roots so i didn't take it off to look.
I microwaved the soil for 4 minutes too.
And it sat for about a week after i got it in a dark dry place. 
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Re: Red spots on a lophophora williamsii
« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2013, 09:03:01 AM »

To answer your question, it wasn't just the tap root.
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Re: Red spots on a lophophora williamsii
« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2013, 12:57:22 AM »

It's taking her over! The spots are hard like scabs.  They're growing. 

I'm about to just cut her up and graft her.
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