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Here is a dead Mammillaria matudae in aquaculture, Dec 2001. The pictures look awful, but it's really not such a big deal. I have cut off a large stem from the specimen a few months ago, so it is not a big loss.

The specimen is the base section (about 2" high) of a Mammillaria matudae. The cause of death: probably sciara flies followed by fungi. Left: The bottom shell of the specimen. Mushy. Only the skin and the vascular bundle were left. Right: The top portion. The rot stopped at a new offset. This often happen to rotting specimens -- part of the plant survives after 'sectioning' off the rotting portion.

This section can be cleaned, dried and potted up. Once the interface between the diseased tissue and the healthy tissue has scarred over, the risk of dying is very much reduced. Just get rid of the dead tissue and the offset should be as good as new.


Remedies

See the first page in the series for the summary: Rotting Problems Page.


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