How to treat this succulent ?

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My plant is full of This powdery white stuff and i dont want it to die. Please help.

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  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Aug 13, 2018

    Wow, this looks serious! I would take a cutting and root it in water and see if you can start a new plant, just in case. But do it now before it is 100% damaged.

  • DORLIS DORLIS on Aug 13, 2018

    root"turkey grit in a damp loose draining soil but first clean with some Dawn mixed in a bowl of water. submerge the piece and leave it long enough to kill the mealy bugs, you have a major infestation!! i do this for plants i can't stand to part with. i have taken hours to clean the whole plant. you also have to clean the roots and plant in a fresh, sterile pot in new soil. i like regular potting soil mixed 3 parts to 1 part of turkey grit i get from the feed store. keep the soil slightly moist to encourage rooting. forgot, dip the cut ends in cinnamon first to keep rot from starting. also allow good air circulation to avoid a future infestation from getting ahead of you. because of the many folds on a crested plant mealies can get started in no time, need to pay close attention to them.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Aug 14, 2018

    I hope it works....looks like a very interesting plant!

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Aug 14, 2018

    Before I read “mealy bugs”, which makes sense, I thought it looked like night spider webs that collapsed every morning. This succulent makes me think of truffles that grow under the soil like potatoes. Nav, do you know anything about your plant? ☺️

  • Catherine McBrien Catherine McBrien on Aug 15, 2018

    It is a crested "Eve's Needle" which can occasionally be found at Home Depot. This plant is severely compromised and is a health menace to any other cacti succulents you have. You cannot reverse the damage already done. I would dump it and buy a new one on eBay.

    • Navi Navi on Sep 12, 2018

      Thank you for the advice. I did buy it at home depot, i did take out of the soil, washed it, scrubbed the scales or whatever it was, cut it in several pieces to see if i could salvage a piece. And guess what, it turn into mush. Horrible.Going for your advice, i’ll find another one🤔😳

  • Chris Gignac Chris Gignac on Sep 12, 2018

    If it were my plant I'd split it up into different containers. After treating all of the pieces for mealybugs.

  • Sharon Sharon on Sep 13, 2018

    Don't over water your new one, and make sure your soil is for cacti with adequate sand/soil mixture. I used to have a large cacti garden and I only watered minimally once a month or more.

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