I have a cactus standing on my windowsill and for years it seemed pretty healthy, but last month its leaves started to turn a light brown-pinkish, kind of like a salt stone lamp. They also look a bit dry, but don't feel very different. Some of the other leaves are starting to look purple as well.

  • It hasn't been moved for about five years.
  • I don't really water it regularly, just when I remember it or when it looks dry.
  • I live near Munich, and yes, we did have a bit weird weather pattern lately. (Four weeks ago it was still snowing, and now it's about 30°C, 86°F.)

What's wrong and is there something I can do?

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    These are really hard lived. It might get a little dry, but this won't be a problem.
    – J. Chomel
    May 29, 2016 at 18:47

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It is doing okay. The bottom browned leaves are dead.

If you wish, you could repot in a bigger pot, and/or add fertilizer (not really needed, but you can give a very little bit)/more water, or just leave it alone, and it will probably do okay for a while.

If you do want to help it or have it look greener, you can cut off the lower, dead leaves, allowing for more ventilation, and repot it.

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