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Questions tagged [cactus]

Member of the family Cactaceae. Desert succulents.

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Strange plant or weed?

This decided to grow in with my Christmas cactus! What is it? I have had the cactus for years. Needed to add potting soil to it, and I think that's where this came from.
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San Pedro tipped over and broke

My San Pedro has been growing quite a lot the past 2 years, but very thin. It was windy the other day and found him tipped over. Not completely broke in half, only half way. So I tipped him back right ...
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What kind of cactus is this?

I just bought this plant but I am now realizing that I have no idea what it is, so looking up care tips is much more difficult than anticipated. Would you be able to help me identify it?
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Is my cactus dying? Or what is this?

So I just bought this cactus two weeks ago. First cactus or plant I’ve ever had. When I got it the plant was dry af. So I watered it a little bit and every 2 days or so I put it on the window sill ...
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What kind of cactus is this and why are these black bumps forming on it?

Little burnt-looking bumps have been popping up on this cactus and I'm not too sure what to do about it. Can you help me figure it out?
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Help identifying a cactus

I got this cactus as a gift. Can somebody please identify what it is? Thank you.
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What is wrong with my cactus?

I'm hoping someone can help me but I'm afraid it's too late. I've had a cactus for about 3 years and he suddenly started losing color, turning brown, and getting a little droopy (see pictures) a few ...
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Soil condition for catus seedling

I have a cactus seedling (Pachycereus pringlei), it is one month old now (germinated end of August). During this time I kept the soil very moist and wet. My question is when do I switch to normal ...
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Cactus spines turning yellow?

I'm a first time cactus owner. My flatmate is watering it while I'm out on long holiday, and she sent me a picture showing that the spines are yellowing. I've read this can be a sign of old age, but ...
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Advice on LED light periods for cactus

I want to grow large cacti, see my previous question. So I start with small plants and to keep them growing in winter time I want to give them LED (special grow) light. I was wondering about the best ...
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Ants visiting Opuntia

My (elderly) Opuntia gets regular visits from a few ants, which apparently like to draw liquid where its cactus spines emerge. For this relationship between species, do we know whether it is a ...
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Small cactus from garden center identification

I bought a small cactus from the garden center, but it doesn't say which species it is. Can anyone identify this cactus? For reference I put it next to a coin of about 3 cm (1.2 inch) in diameter. ...
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Agave is sweating

It looks as if my agave is "sweating" a crystalline substance. The droplets are approx. 2 mm in diameter and twice as long. Is this as it should be (also the surrounding yellowish patch in the ...
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Various Questions About Fairy Castle Cactus

I have a few questions about my Fairy Castle Cactus. It’s barely grown since I bought it, in contrast to my other plants. I’ve read conflicting info about the amount of light it likes. I’m using the ...
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Dark spots on cactus?

My elderly relative has asked me to do a research on her cactus which has recently got these dark spots: I poked them and they are dry and hard when you touch them. There is no liquid or mush. They ...
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Watering huge cactus

In the question big-cactus-identification-and-how-long-does-it-take b.nota gives us a nice photo of big cactus. The second thing that struck me was how the soil level is about 0.00000001 inches from ...
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Big cactus identification and how long does it take?

I found these huge cacti in a garden-center, the two on the right. The largest in the back was over 1.5 m in length! They were a little bit too expensive, so I thought maybe start from seed... What ...
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Cactus is becoming brown from the bottom

I bought this cactus recently from farmer's market and it is becoming brown from the bottom. I have stopped watering it but is there anything else I can do to save it. It is kept outside in spot that ...
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Can I heal a 4 foot tall cactus after two arms were cut off?

A thief in the night cleanly amputated two arms off my 4 ft (1.2 m) tall cactus. What do I do?
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What's wrong with this cactus?

I have this cactus that is slightly wrinkly and soft at the bottom part. It sits on a window sill with all my other plants and receives around 5-7 hrs of direct sunlight every day. I water it once a ...
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Succulent turning yellow

My plant is suddenly turning yellow and I don't know what it wrong with it or if it is normal. I have it for about 4 month and this happened only this week. I don't know if it's related, but it has ...
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Cactus in hydroponics: Keep water levels up at all times?

I've read a bit online about growing cacti in hydroponics, and basically every site I found agrees that it's possible, and it should basically work like any other hydroponics: Set the plant (in an ...
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Pilosocereus cacti, growed from seeds and a lot of mistakes

I made a terrible (i hope not that terrible) mistake when growing Pilosocereus pachycladus cacti from seed, i sowed them back in November. I know it's probably not the best idea to sow them right ...
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Please help to identify a cactus

I tried to identify this cactus in order to know how much water it needs. The closest I got with the identification is this, but I'm still not sure, the color is different: http://www.cactus-art.biz/...
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Is my cactus okey?

This is my first time posting thing here n honestly the only reason I'm signing up on this website is to find out on what the hek is wrong with my cactus. So please??? I had been searching on Google ...
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Is this a aloe vera plant?

So I had this plant for around 1 year and lastly I was wondering if this is a Aloe vera plant? Kind of looks like it but I'm still unsure. If it's not that what is it?
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Is this white cottony stuff on my cactus normal?

This cactus was taken from my dad’s cactus garden before it was destroyed. It is very important that I keep it alive. I’m wondering if all this white cottony stuff on the top and the spikes is normal. ...
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Cacti red/white discoloration

I’m growing these cacti for about 9months i just changed their soil and pot, while i was picking up the little babies is realised that some of them changed color to red (meaning too much sun i guess) ...
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Is my cactus dying?

I bought my cactus about one year ago. I was surprised that it grew very fast and I thought it's fine. But it looked too skinny and after some search on the internet I found out it didn't get enough ...
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Problems with fairy castles cactus

My beloved fairy castles cactus has been suffering for a while and I was wondering what could be happening now. It looks like having several different problems... specially worried as it looks ...
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Cactus with a white “growth”

(There are a few other questions which may be related but I am not sure if this is a duplicate. (What is this white crust forming on my cactus during the growing months? , What is this white growth on ...
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What's this cactus with tongue like leaves?

Saw this cactus while I was walking along the road in Whangarei which has a subtropical climate. It is growing over the fence into public air space so it would be legal for to take a cutting. And I ...
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Cactus turning white/brown/yellow

I believe this cactus is a cereus jamacaru but I am not 100% sure. I had it in relatively low light room but across from a south facing window in the sunniest spot of the room. I watered it once ...
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White and brown spots on cacti

I've been away for the last two and a half weeks, and upon return I noticed a few of my cacti had developed white fuzzy spots, which were not there before. In the worst instance, one cactus appears ...
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Help identify an insect on a cactus

I found this insect on my Echinopsis sp. It sort of looks like a tick, but what would a tick be doing on a cactus? What is it, and is it harmful?
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Cactus with brown and white spots. What is the problem?

My cactus has had this brown spot on its side for a couple weeks now and I don’t know how to fix it. I think it happened when I was away for a month and forgot to have someone care for it. The house ...
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What is wrong with my cactus? (Red spots)

Is it dying? There are these weird red marks, is this a fungal infection or sunburn?
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When is the winter period for plants kept in a country with no winter (or a constant room temperature)?

Reading up on how to care for a Mammillaria Elongata Cactus I see it mentions such things as suspending watering in winter for best care (and to encourage better flowering) the preferred time to re-...
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Help is my cactus is dying, can it be saved

I recently bought a golden barrel cactus (about two months ago), judging by its size I would say the plant is about a year old. Everything has been perfect with it until Saturday. I usually water or ...
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Delosperma (Ice Plant) indoors during winter

I live in Canada and it will soon be time for me to bring in my succulents and cacti. Last year I brought in two Delosperma plants and within less then a month they both died. they were both very ...
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What species cactus is this?

I have taken a cutting from a large cactus, and it seems to propagate well. I was wondering what species it is? Does anyone know? Thank you in advance.
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Identify this dead cactus - like a cleistocactus strausii, but super-dwarf?

Can anybody identify this cactus? It appears to me to be something between mammillaria elongata and cleistocactus strausii - but small, each column at most a long finger, and narrower. It died some ...
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Identity and give care instructions for mammillaria cactus

Hi, I think I just bought a mammillaria cactus. What is the subspecies and how do I care for it best? What colour flowers to expect? What should I do with the fruits sticking out (propagation ...
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Are these 'fluffy' cacti healthy?

My wife and I have had these cacti for a little over a year now. Since change happens slowly I assume we never really noticed, but now it seems like it has gotten a lot more..fluffy.. for lack of a ...
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Succulent Disease Identification (kalanchoe beharensis)

Album of pictures Another album of updated pictures One leaf before being "washed" with a mild soap/water mixture Another leaf after being "washed" with a mild soap/water mixture I purchased this ...
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Prickly Pear Cactus is growing what looks like rot (need help)

Prickly Pear Cactus is growing what looks like rot (shown in the attached pictures) where it's getting a yellowish color in the place these things appear. Is this normal? Is it dangerous? What is ...
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How long can an Opuntia (prickly pear cactus) live?

Thanks to another question, we know that Opuntia can live for decades. Can they live for centuries? Rather than determining the age of a specimen, answering this positively might mean identifying one ...
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Can my lemons grow in cactus soil mix

I bought cactus soil mix the other day from Calloway's for some plants. I then decided to grow lemons. So I did the whole deal. 2 weeks later I have lemon sprouts. I was wondering if I could use ...
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What is the bright green spike on the cactus?

What is this bright green spike on my cactus?
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Opuntia Cactus: To cut or not to cut?

This is related to one of my old questions here: Centering Opuntia Cactus Now, my opuntia has grown much bigger as can be seen in the picture below. The base is still very narrow and the plant tends ...