Ahhh… New Cactus Flowers

Hello there! I hope this finds you all doing very well and enjoying the heat of the summer. Thursday afternoon I was surprised to find the Mammillaria decipiens (Bird’s Nest Pincushion) with flowers. I noticed it had a few buds on June 24 and I took these photos on June 28.

 

I really enjoy cactus and this one is one of my more recent finds from Wal-Mart on March 18 (2018). I put it in a larger pot shortly after I brought it home because the side of the one it was in was bulging.

 

I really like it when my cactus flowers, especially when they aren’t pink… Mammillaria decipiens have long white radial spines that grow sideways from the tubercles and brown central spines that stick out like stiff hair. Cactus that have protruding tubercles like this one are often called nipple cactus. OUCH!

 

The Mammillaria pringlei (Lemon Ball Cactus) is also at it again after MONTHS of buds. It started budding right after its last flush of flowers in October-November. It is so weird how long it takes for buds to open.

 

The “definitely pink” flowers are arranged in a circle around the top of the cactus. I guess they are its halo. 🙂

 

They start closing up in the late afternoon/early evening and kind of resemble tiny tulips.

 

The Mammillaria elongata (Lady Finger Cactus, Golden Stars) has remnants of a few flowers when I brought it home from Wal-Mart on March 18. Of course, there were “strawflowers” hot-glued to the top of a few of the spiny fingers. Now I see it has a fruit where the flower had been. I never had a cactus do that before. I always remove the strawflowers the best I can without damaging the plant. Supposedly the hot glue will eventually fall off. Removing the glue yourself is very tricky and you can damage the plant if you force it off. Been there, done that. Every so often I check to see if more will come off with a little gentle persuasion. Sometimes it is just stuck in the needles, but sometimes it is stuck on the fleshy part.

Personally, I think hot-gluing strawflowers on cactus and painting them different colors is inhumane to plants and is also a deceptive selling tactic.

I think this is one of the shortest posts I ever made. Well, the next one will also be short.

Until next time, I hope you stay well, be positive, and GET DIRTY!

 

 

4 comments on “Ahhh… New Cactus Flowers

  1. Pixydeb says:

    Hi Rooster – hope you are ok. Some good pictures there. I think that we need to start a worldwide lobby group to stop gluing The strawflowers onto cactuses -I’m with you! it is cruel & unnatural
    After living as 2 flat spikey dark red rosettes for a year One of my succulents has put up 2 long arms with flower buds like 4 blind eyes on each stalk – can’t wait to see what happens next!

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    • WOW! Send photos! I am OK, how about you? This world had so many neat plants with AMAZING flowers. I think a lobby group would be a good idea. If they want to do the strawflower thing they should use something that can be stuck on and peeled off easily. I understand business and promotion and we colored baby chicks for Easter at the hatchery. Everyone knew it was for easter and colored baby chicks didn’t grow up to look that color. Hope you are doing well, and I am looking forward to photos! Thanks for the comment Pixydeb.

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  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    This post brought back a fond memory. I remembered the first time I had a cactus bloom. I was so young, knew nothing about cactus. I had one sitting in a window sill, I opened the curtain thinking I would find a dead plant because I forgot about it for some time, no water etc. I was shocked and thrilled at what I saw. It only poured fuel onto my beginning passion of gardening.
    I hope you are having a nice weekend.

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    • A very interesting story, Lisa. I think when children are amazed with plants at an early age they learn to enjoy the AWESOMENESS of nature. Gardening does come with a lot of challenges, but the rewards are worth it. I hope you have a good weekend, too. Thanks for the comment.

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