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Name: Linda
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quietyard
Aug 9, 2015 4:27 PM CST
I was wondering if any one could id this volunteer Cactus I found yesterday growing between and kind of under two large border rocks. I dug it up and potted it and later in the afternoon the beautiful flowers opened. My yard seems to get lots of volunteer Cactus though I am not a particular fan of Cactus. However, this one has really pretty flowers. Thanks for any info.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Aug 9, 2015 5:38 PM CST
Can't help you but it's pretty!! Thumbs up
Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
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quietyard
Aug 10, 2015 1:27 PM CST
Thank You! Hetty
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Name: Kate
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karmatree
Aug 16, 2015 6:23 AM CST
It looks like a Mammillaria of some sort with that halo of flowers. I would love to have volunteer cacti like that! So pretty.
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Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
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quietyard
Aug 16, 2015 9:34 AM CST
Thank You! very much for that info Kate. I will look that up. Big Grin
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turini
Jan 13, 2016 10:22 PM CST
could be a Mammillaria blossfeldiana or the Mammillaria grahamii, which grows wild in Arizona
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Name: Linda
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quietyard
Jan 13, 2016 10:26 PM CST
Thank You! Wolfgang for that info. Thumbs up
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jan 14, 2016 12:13 AM CST
What about mamillaria microcarpia?
https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?p=mamillaria+microcarpia...
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Name: Wolfgang Bleicher
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turini
Jan 14, 2016 9:35 AM CST
M. microcarpa is synonym to grahamii.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jan 14, 2016 10:23 AM CST
Thanks, Turini. I can't keep up with all the ID changes. Most of my plants need new labels!
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mcvansoest
Jan 14, 2016 3:48 PM CST
My vote also goes to M. grahamii.
Name: Linda
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quietyard
Jan 14, 2016 4:05 PM CST
Thanks to all for the information! Thumbs up
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jan 14, 2016 5:50 PM CST
Pretty little volunteer, that's awesome. You may want to reconsider the soil you potted it up in... Mammillarias as a group like a well draining mix (like half rock), and don't like to stay wet for too long. You can mix regular potting soil with perlite or pumice (or lava rock or whatever you have around) and arrive at a very cactus-friendly mix.

Otherwise I would advise caution to avoid overwatering (and keep the pot under cover to avoid excess rain). The rule of thumb with these plants is to wait until the soil is dry, then water well. They are probably going to be more finicky in a pot then they would be in the ground, for what it's worth.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jan 14, 2016 6:50 PM CST
I have some outside in Scottsdale, AZ. I let the winter rains water them, and water maybe 3 times during the hot summer and they all bloom and are happy. They don't need much water, for sure. When we planted them in the ground, we dug out our clay soil and amended it with a cactus type mix with extra pumice and perlite. Even when we get flooding rains, the cactus are happy.
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Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
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quietyard
Jan 14, 2016 9:45 PM CST
Baja_Costero said:Pretty little volunteer, that's awesome. You may want to reconsider the soil you potted it up in... Mammillarias as a group like a well draining mix (like half rock), and don't like to stay wet for too long. You can mix regular potting soil with perlite or pumice (or lava rock or whatever you have around) and arrive at a very cactus-friendly mix.

Otherwise I would advise caution to avoid overwatering (and keep the pot under cover to avoid excess rain). The rule of thumb with these plants is to wait until the soil is dry, then water well. They are probably going to be more finicky in a pot then they would be in the ground, for what it's worth.


Thank You! Baja for that information. When I found it I potted it using a Cactus Mix. Seems to be happy so far. Thumbs up
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Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
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quietyard
Jan 14, 2016 9:54 PM CST
Thank You! Karen for telling me about your experiences with this Cactus. I have learned so much here. Thumbs up
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