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How to Save These Lophs?

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I found these lophophora forgotten in a cardboard box for over a year. Most of them look really bad, and I am not certain the best way to save them. I hope the more experienced hands are willing to lend an opinion on the best way to save these.

This was jourdania graft whose stock rotted out from under it. No rot on the scion, but it doesn't look good due to the medusa like etiolation:

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This is a willamsii:

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This is a L. willamsii too:

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This koehresii while ugly doesn't look too bad. Plant, let it plump up, and cut? How deep would you plant this?

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This fricii looks like it is in the best shape out of all of them. I think it's simply a matter of getting it back in soil

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Not sure what this is exactly. Either a koehresii or willamsii:

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Oh wow, I've never seen etiolation that bad (jourdaniana) That's crazy. If I were you I'd try grafting the jourd again. Will be interesting to see what happens once it gets light. And personally I would just burry the others just enough so the roots are covered. I don't have much experience with lophs though so take my advice with a grain of salt.

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I'd get them potted in a purely mineral based mix straight away. I wouldn't give them any water after potting them up and then give them a light drink about 10 days later. Make sure they get a really good dry cycle between waterings.

You want them in very low light for the first week or so, so they don't get sunburnt. Somewhere inside would be good. Then slowly start moving them closer to a window or part of the house that gets more light.

You might be lucky with some of them.

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Well, first pot them up and start VERY SLOWLY to give them small amounts of water every now and then. Make sure to use a Mineralic Soil and wait until they are back to normal again. Not sure if all will survive this, but Lophs are hardy. After that, you might have to cut something away. But right now, I wouldn't really want to cut them. They are very weak now.

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And don´t make the mistake to give a lot of water right away. That would probably kill them.

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I would graft all etiolated tips to pereskiopsis or any other stock, that would speed up their "healing"

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