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I have had my golden barrell cactus about a year and it has really grown. But now the bottom half is very dard green, almost brown. The flesh is still firm, but is this normal?



I would say it is normal. The young growth is always brighter than when it ages.
Maybe if you showed a photo it would give a better idea of how it looks.

20 Dec, 2009


Very dark green almost brown?
Sounds like far too much water. Browning at the base - nasty.
Don't water it until spring or until it is starting to wrinkle.
Growing medium - gritty, very free draining (water should flow through the growing medium and out the drainage holes almost immediately).

30 Dec, 2009

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