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cactus question

Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:31 am
by bonsai-connor
i don't know what kind of cactus it is but it's in an ovule shape and about the size of my fist. anyway, there is something that comes out of the plant every now and then. it's white and soft like a small ball of fabric and there's a bunch of them. since it's an indoor plant, I'm wondering if i should carefully remove them with tweezers. i think maybe i should do that because if it was outside like most cacti than they would be naturally removed by the wind.
thanks

Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:53 am
by Kisal
It would be very helpful if you were to post a picture. There are natural growths on some species of cacti that fit your description. You wouldn't want to be removing them.

OTOH, it could be something else.

If you need instructions for posting pictures, you can find them [url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3724]here[/url]. :)

Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 4:01 pm
by bonsai-connor
i tried removing one the other day and something brown about a quarter of an inch followed. i cracked it open and it was a seed pod with about 50 seeds inside of it!

Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 4:36 pm
by Kisal
Without a picture, I have no way of knowing. A picture would allow me to at least partially ID the cactus, which would give me some suggestions about where to start my research. A brief written description isn't sufficient. Sorry! :(

Posted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 4:55 am
by a0c8c
Did it flower first? I have a cactus similar to what you describe, and after the purple flowers fell off it had this white fuzz as well, which would've produced seeds if the stupid snails didn't eat it all. It's perfectly natural and a part of the plants growth cycle. Don't pick it off if you want seeds, otherwise you can pluck it off and it won't produce seeds.