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Name: Ben DeGregoria
Port St. Lucie, Florida (Zone 10a)
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bendee31
Jan 17, 2014 1:58 PM CST
I have a Red-headed Irishman Mammillaria spinosissima cactus in a terrarium. A light fixture fell on top of my cactus and make a cut on the top of it. It is still in tact no pieces are missing . It just has a cut in it. I would like to know if it can heal or will my cactus just die ??

I hope you can help me with this problem
Thank you.
Ben
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 17, 2014 2:51 PM CST

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I have had Mammillarias receive physical damage like that, and the wound healed over and the plant survived. It retained an unsightly scar, though.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jan 17, 2014 6:37 PM CST
I didn't realize you could grow cactus in a terrarium; I figured there would be too much humidity created in terrarium conditions. I agree with Dave though regarding the Mammilaria; it should heal over and be okay except for a scar.
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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Jan 17, 2014 8:15 PM CST
I'm sure the "terrarium" is open topped.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jan 18, 2014 10:00 AM CST
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