Member of the family Cactaceae. Desert succulents.

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How can I determine if cactus seedlings are dead?

I planted some notocactus seeds sometime in September and many have germinated since then. A few weeks ago, there was an incident where some of my succulents may have experienced frost and I can't be ...
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Does anyone know what type of cactus this is?

Hi all, I recently bought this cactus but haven't had much luck identifying it. Any help or ideas would be very much appreciated. Thanks :)
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Is this sunburn or something else?

I've put my cacti for wintering into an unheated attic, by a window where the sun falls after 2 P.M and till dusk. Since it's negative temperature outside (so it's already winter in a sense) I didn't ...
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What is the white stuff on this cactus-type plant?

I have had this plant for more than 10 years now but I do not know its name. What is the name of this plant? The issue is that this plant has a lot of white areas, as shown in the pictures. These ...
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Why has my prickly pear cactus gone limp? [duplicate]

I have a new prickly pear that I love and it just went limp on me tonight. I checked the soil and it feels moist but not wet and top inch is bone dry. Around the roots is a little damper. The top ...
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Is this a cactus?

I recently bought cacti seedlings. After one month they don't look like cacti. Any ideas on what this might be? Click photo for full size
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Why is my cactus drooping? [duplicate]

My cactus has gone all droopy and I don't know what the problem is. I've moved into a place with more light and I water it enough but I don't know what is wrong with it.
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How to save this blue cactus?

I am unaware of what type it is, I bought it at Wal*Mart, so I was rather suspicious that it had been improperly stored, but I don't know. The base seems very rotted, which I think means that I need ...
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Why are these succulent leaves withering instead of rooting?

I collected some leaves and put them on to sprout. Instead the leaves withered. I'd like know what happened and how I can avoid it.
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How to salvage a cactus plant that is half dead

This plant did very well for a year and bloomed. At some point I think I over watered it and it started looking 'dusty' and then parts turned black. I snipped off the worst parts and let it dry out ...
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What is this cactus and how should I take care for it?

I received my cactus as a gift approximately 10 years ago. I have never known what species of cactus it is and I thought it is time to figure it out. I am unfamiliar with cactus and I don't know if ...
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Repotting a cactus after flowering but before fruits

It is generally advised against repotting a cactus while it has buds or flowers on it. My Mammillaria prolifera has just finished flowering and it really needs repotting. But since it's a self-fertile ...
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Cactus ID: Globular, multiple straight prominent ribs, spiny, somewhat wooly, fibrous root

I need help identifying one of my old neglected-so-far cacti. Unfortunately and somewhat deservedly, it has not flowered for me yet. It is the size of an apple (since I have treated it horribly, or ...
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What is the legality of growing San Pedro cacti in Florida? [closed]

Clusters of columnar cacti like the San Pedro (Echinopsis pachanoi) are very appealing to me. I want to grow it all around my house. I am aware however that this is considered to be a hallucinogenic ...
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What is this cactus with paper-looking spindles sticking out all around?

I bought this cactus a while ago and never knew the name of the species. Can someone help me with the name of the plant? A small clone of it is growing on the top of the plant. Should I cut it and ...
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How to fix a broken cactus

I have been growing this guy for 6 years. He's gotten a little too top heavy and today has fallen over and the top piece (about 9") broke off. The break was very even. I have no idea where to begin ...
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How do I divide an overgrown Mammillaria cactus?

How do I divide an overgrown cactus (looks similar to Mammillaria vetula subsp. gracilis Preiff)?
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Cactus Identification: miniature branching species with reddish areolas

This is an approximately 10-year-old specimen of mine. I had a wild guess that it was a Frailea, but having looked at all the recognized species of the genus, I didn't find any that looks like it. ...
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What is this cactus with flat oval pads and very short spines?

I bought this cactus yesterday. I want to know its name to research how I should take care of it. I'm in a rather cold city (Zanjan in northwestern Iran) with long winters, so I think it's better if I ...
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How do I safely eradicate mold without hurting cactus seedlings?

Here are some of my seedlings, sown a little bit less than a month ago. As you can see, there's mold starting to form. I am using the baggie method whereby the pot with the seeds is enclosed in a ...
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What is this cactus and how should I care for it?

I bought this cactus over two weeks ago. What is it's name and how should I take care of it?
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What columnar cactus species I should select as a rootstock for a Rhipsalis standard?

I want to make a standard(1) with scions from a Rhipsalis pilocarpa, or mistletoe cactus. I need a rootstock that: Is columnar Is unbranched Has good longevity (at least 20 years) Can adapt to high ...
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What is this cactus with flat pads and spines growing in small patches?

I was given a cutting of a friend's cactus. It is growing in his front yard but he does not know much about it. His cacti are green and segmented some with red bulbs on top. I believe the red bulbs ...
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How should I prune a cleistocactus that got too tall?

When I have a slender, columnar cactus like a Cleistocactus (pictured below), and it gets too tall, How can I prune it, to get it back to a manageable height?
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Will prickly pear thrive under the eaves on the west side of my house?

The front of my house faces due west, with about a 2' overhang underneath the eaves. There is a 12' section between the northwest corner and the walkway leading to my door that has proven very ...
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Can we root prickly pear pads that are sold in grocery stores as a vegetable?

Can I root prickly pear pads that I buy (presumably for food) in the grocery store? It seems like it would be a great way to get some thornless prickly pear cacti growing. If I were to do it, I would ...
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Cactus and Succulent in the same pot

I am looking to plant several cacti and succulents together in a single pot. Several of the plants will include a grafted "moon" cactus and a succulent "Eceveria Mazarine" there may be one or two ...
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What cacti can grow without cold protection in USDA zone 6b in Pennsylvania?

I'm in USDA hardiness zone 6b. I'm growing eastern prickly pears as outdoor perennials, and would like to grow some other cacti as well. From what I gather, cold hardiness has a lot to do with soil ...
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Why does my repotted cactus seem to be dying?

I bought a cactus from my local big chain DIY store a few years back. It was in a tiny pot and all was well. It's really grown over the years so I decided to re-pot it. I used your everyday compost ...
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How can I prevent Schlumbergera from dropping buds?

I recently bought a Schlumbergera from a reputable garden centre. It had buds on it when I bought it. It soon flowered and within a couple of weeks the flowers have all fallen off and the remaining ...
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Are eastern prickly pear cacti pads edible?

Are eastern prickly pear (Opuntia humifusa) cacti pads as edible as the kind you find in the grocery store (Opuntia ficus-indica)? I know the fruit is edible, if everything across the Internet I've ...
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Why did the leaves on my Christmas cactus suddenly change texture and colour?

I've been growing a cloned Christmas Cactus now for a few months, and it has been doing quite well. I moved to university 4 days ago (from Swindon, England to Bristol, England) and today I notice that ...
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Why is my cactus droopy?

I have a cactus (pictured) which I bought about a month or so ago. It has been slowly drooping, although the tag said to keep it dry in winter and I have only watered it once when I re-potted it. The ...
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How does one go about growing a cactus in a terrarium?

I've been searching the web online, and the ideas are all conflicting. Some websites would say cacti are unable to grow in glass jars because the heat trapped will cook the cactus, and other websites ...
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What should I look for when selecting lights for indoor cacti?

We grow cacti indoors due to the weather (UK). What should we look for when selecting lights? We have had mixed results with a new lighting system and have started to lose some. See one of the old ...
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Why Hasn't my Cactus Grown Deadly Spines?

I recently purchased a small cactus plant from my local store for about $5. I've been giving the cactus lots of sunlight and a good watering every week. I've noticed that since I bought it, the ...
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What are these growths on my winter hardy Opuntia?

I received some winter hardy prickly pear pads from a friend last fall. They rooted well, survived the winter well (better than many other plants around here), and are putting out new growth. On the ...
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Why has my cactus yellowed and softened, and how can I help it live?

I had a cactus at work since the end of March. It is my first cactus and I don't really know if I was watering it correctly or if I missed something else, but now it's turned yellow and became softer. ...
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What purpose do joints serve on a dragon fruit (pitaya)?

I just bought a Pink Delight Dragon Fruit. I noticed that all of the cacti at the store had joints, dried flesh that tapers to small point. They seem like a weak point to me, a brittle point that can ...
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Why has my cactus has turned red/ beige at its base?

One of my cactus turned red at its base about a year ago and it has since spread upwards. Some websites say it is a natural ageing process but I doubt so because it is still so small! Now another of ...
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Why did our cactus die?

We had a cactus named eddy and he died, he had a stretched body with a sphere on top as a head and two little spheres attached to it like eyes. He looked like Echinocereus triglochidiatus but with ...
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identify the type of cactus

My friend showed me this picture of a cactus and we would like to buy one. The problem is we don't know the name. Does anybody recognize it? Does it produce flowers?
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Why doesn't my night-blooming Cereus produce flowers?

I have had a night-blooming Cereus for several years and it has yet to bloom. A friend has one and it blooms no problem. This plant is indoors and keeps growing, but no blooms. What can I do to make ...
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What type of gloves should be worn when dealing with cacti?

What type of gloves should be worn when dealing with cacti? Standard gardening gloves seem to offer little protection. Leather work gloves offer more protection, but end up attracting and collecting ...
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What tools are available to deal with fallen cacti and cactus pieces?

After pruning cacti, I am left with many fallen pieces on the ground which, depending on the cactus type, have varying degrees of difficulty in picking up and disposing of. Is there a standard tool ...
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Why are leaves falling off of my Prickly Pear cactus?

I just moved into a new home in Phoenix, AZ, and now have a lot of cacti to tend to. I do not know their care history, or how much/how often they are watered. One of the largest Prickly Pear cacti ...
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How do I treat the survived parts of a cactus after some of it has rotten to prevent the problem spreading?

I have a cactus consisting of three "cylinders" growing from the same center point. Recently one of the cylinders started rotting rapidly and I had to remove that part. While I was doing that the ...
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Are there cacti that don't rot when overwatered?

I've got yet another cactus rotten and this was most likely causes by overwatering. I'll try to rescue it but I'll likely need a new one anyway. Are there perhaps cacti that don't rot when ...
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cultivating a cactus from cutting

I've recently gotten a san pedro (Echinopsis pachanoi) cutting as a gift. I'm trying to take care of it as good as possible, but I'm not sure if I'm doing it the right way. The situation is: the ...
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Why is my cactus purple?

This has been going on for a while (about a year), one of my cacti has turned purple. I've just replanted it after its pot fell and broke (no, it did not spend the year on the ground). What is the ...