Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Help-- will they ever revert to their true color??-- Ugh Painted Cactus

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Name: John
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anole
Dec 27, 2015 7:04 PM CST
I received these as a gift. I do like cactus but not in this presentation, will they ever grow back to their proper color? I will keep them no matter what.

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Anole
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Plantomaniac08
Dec 27, 2015 10:16 PM CST
The new growth won't be painted (it will look "normal"), but as to if the paint will come off over time, I'm not sure.
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DavidLMO
Dec 27, 2015 10:34 PM CST
I detest those things. Hard to say how long they will stay that way. The marketing jerks and execs that allow that trashing of plants should be shot. I do not know what the "base" of the dye used is or I might suggest something. I have never observed one closely as I am repulsed. Thumbs down

I don't know is blasting them gently with a water stream would work. Maybe someone can chime in.
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purpleinopp
Dec 28, 2015 8:55 AM CST
Looks like it may be this kind, where the spines are colored, but not the body of the plant.
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Stush2019
Dec 28, 2015 1:14 PM CST
Best to leave alone. In a few years, most will be gone. All new growth will be natural. Whatever washes away the coloring will most likely kill the plant.
Name: John
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anole
Dec 28, 2015 4:33 PM CST
I will leave them as is, I am thinking that they will grow out of this phase. It will be an experiment and I will keep all posted.
thanks for all the comments.

Anole
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Dec 28, 2015 7:56 PM CST
Stush2019 said:Best to leave alone. In a few years, most will be gone. All new growth will be natural. Whatever washes away the coloring will most likely kill the plant.


I agree :-((
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DogsNDaylilies
Dec 29, 2015 1:35 PM CST
anole said:It will be an experiment and I will keep all posted.
thanks for all the comments.

Anole


Please do, and thank you! I'm curious if it's permanent or not. I'd be lying if I said the painted varieties didn't interest me at first, but by the third or fourth time I saw them in the store I was more or less over the novelty of them. Plants already come in such a beautiful range of colors that the painted varieties no longer hold much interest for me. I'm glad I didn't purchase one, but it would ease my mind to know that it doesn't harm the plants (in the same way it would ease my mind if live Christmas trees were super expensive to discourage some of the massive number of trees cut down each year). Rolling my eyes.
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DavidLMO
Dec 29, 2015 11:53 PM CST
These day, virtually all Christmas trees come from sustaining farmed tree farms where more are planted than harvested.
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RuuddeBlock
Dec 30, 2015 1:39 PM CST
Indeed, by far most christmas trees are grown like any other cut-flower. During their growth they are pruned, fertilized and treated to slow their growth to get the 'perfect' christmas tree. If you see such a field you will also notice how absolutely boring perfection is!! The remainder (over here at least) are sold by the owners of natural reserves: a cheap way to get rid of as many of them as possible! The money they make is used to chop down more to keep the heather fields open which would overgrow and change to wood otherwise.
(here an impression at some randomly chosen grower: http://brinkman-nordmann.nl/floradanicanordmann.html )

Those painted Cactus and even worse Echeveria are sold over here too. The latter are painted with glow-in-the-night paints... so do NOT look at this site if you have a weak constitution...: http://www.greencre8.nl/assortiment/echeveria/ and yes, there exist people who love this...

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Name: John
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anole
Dec 31, 2015 7:11 AM CST
Next thing you know the big box stores will start selling spray paint in the garden section for the DIY gardeners. Yes, this is too horrible to look at.

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needrain
Dec 31, 2015 7:28 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Ruud! Those are wild. My guess is the color doesn't harm the plant. If you look at the enlarged photos you can see normal offsets on several. It wouldn't take too long to get back to a natural plant via normal growth. But why? Just acquire a plastic plant and get the look without any care except the occasional dusting Smiling .
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DavidLMO
Dec 31, 2015 2:48 PM CST
I saw them in person a few days ago at HD - they were horrid. Disgusting. Thumbs down Thumbs down Thumbs down
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Stush2019
Jan 2, 2016 1:57 PM CST
Yes they are. But the person buying them, after awhile will maybe get a chance to under stand and love them for what they are. And can get some of those colors naturally or even better, two-tone colors. We who know better find this horrid.
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Ursula
Jan 3, 2016 8:43 AM CST
This one lasted about a month and then totally collapsed in the center. I had picked it up because I was curious!
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Stush2019
Jan 3, 2016 1:12 PM CST
Take it back and get your money back.
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Jan 3, 2016 1:24 PM CST
Too late. I tossed it!
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DavidLMO
Jan 3, 2016 10:23 PM CST
Ursula said:This one lasted about a month and then totally collapsed in the center. I had picked it up because I was curious!
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It would seem to me that for this one the way it was "painted" they likely trashed the poor plants ability to photosynthesize.
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keithp2012
Jan 6, 2016 4:35 PM CST
DavidLMO said:I detest those things. Hard to say how long they will stay that way. The marketing jerks and execs that allow that trashing of plants should be shot. I do not know what the "base" of the dye used is or I might suggest something. I have never observed one closely as I am repulsed. Thumbs down

I don't know is blasting them gently with a water stream would work. Maybe someone can chime in.


I agree water should get some paint off. If it's warm enough for cacti outside leave outside so natural rain will wash them off and give much needed sunlight as the paint blocks the leaves from photosynthesis.
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Ursula
Jan 6, 2016 8:02 PM CST
Regarding the thing I posted - I thought that color was really solid, I don't think it would have come off one way or another, even washing it.

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