this is literally one of the worst things that’s ever happened in my life. a few weeks ago, a heavy object fell onto the main column of my mammillaria cactus, horatio. at first i thought he might be okay, but he continued leaning to one side progressively and today i noticed lots of white mold growing right in the crease of the fold in the column. all the advice i could find online said to immediately remove the diseased part, so i cut off as much as possible, but all of his other columns are dependent or attached to this main one in some way. as you can see, the main column has been desiccated and is rotten. i’m in tears. i’ve had horatio for SEVEN YEARS, longer than anything i own, and i’m so worried the entire cactus might collapse due to this injury, or that the remaining bit might spread mold to the rest of him. is there anyone that can give me advice?? have i completely ruined my cactus by cutting off this part? will he be okay? please help me :’(
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Personally I think it should be fine. It’s form from that area might never be the same again but it doesn’t mean necessarily anything bad! Though I HAVE heard that it’s good to put some form of antifungal on the open wounds of cacti/succulents to prevent them from drying up and collapsing from the wounded areas. Perhaps a gentle covering of Cinnamon on those wounds might help?