Problem Euphorbia

Hi Peter:  We have visited you numerous times and purchased pots and many plants, and wondered if you could help us determine what is wrong with our succulent and what we might do about it.

We noticed it looking a bit lighter color, and when I looked closer I saw what looks like fungus around the bottom, and it looks sort of furry in places and shiny in other places.  We had used your Cactus Meal on it several months ago, and the pot is very dry at this point.  I have attached four pictures.  Any ideas?

Thanks, David & Heidy

David and Heidy,

I’m sorry to have to be the one to tell you this, but it is too late to be able to save your Euphorbia.

It has a fungus, and probably a virus as well which appears to have traveled throughout the plant already. There is nothing I can suggest to help it at this time. I don’t know what caused the problem, but sometimes these things just happen. Probably the virus came first, and that made it more susceptible to the fungus.

Do not reuse any leftover soil, and if you want to reuse the outside pot, you will need to bleach it first.


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