Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Painted Cactus update

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Name: John
Thibodaux, La. (Zone 9a)
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anole
Jan 30, 2016 5:42 PM CST
Here are pictures of the two painted cactus plants I received as a present. I posted pictures a few weeks ago. I repotted them and can see an improvement. The Thimble cactus, Mammillaria gracilis fragilis, has a bloom. The other, Cereus peruvianus monstrose has not grown as much but I am beginning to see patches of green. I also included a picture of the label which describes the coloring. I was at Lowes today and noticed that these painted cactus plants are not selling. I also told one of the managers what I thought about painted plants-- not that will make any difference.

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plantmanager
Jan 30, 2016 6:04 PM CST
I would wish they'd listen, but they probably won't. These are really ugly to me. I love the plant in it's natural state. Sighing!
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Jan 30, 2016 6:46 PM CST
It might be non-toxic but I bet it makes photosynthesizing a lot more difficult. The garish colors do not encourage me to buy them but considering how fast they sell out, somebody likes them. Can't wait for the dyed chicks to come out at Easter.. Grumbling
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jan 30, 2016 6:50 PM CST
DaisyI said:It might be non-toxic but I bet it makes photosynthesizing a lot more difficult. The garish colors do not encourage me to buy them but considering how fast they sell out, somebody likes them. Can't wait for the dyed chicks to come out at Easter.. Grumbling


Arghh! I hate the dyed chicks!

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jan 31, 2016 6:11 AM CST
I spotted this one yesterday Thumbs down Thumbs down
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Jan 31, 2016 1:19 PM CST
They painted the Ferocactus? I think I'm going to cry... Crying
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jan 31, 2016 1:32 PM CST
I know. Criminal. Thumbs down
Name: John
Thibodaux, La. (Zone 9a)
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anole
Apr 3, 2016 7:26 AM CST
Here's an update on my painted cactus, we are getting warm weather in south La. and it appears the little cactus is showing signs of growth. I don't see anything appealing about having this plant painted especially as it starts to grow. I am hoping that the paint will disappear over time but for the moment it is still there. I will keep taking pictures as we warm up to continue our experiment.

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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Apr 3, 2016 9:44 AM CST
Is the more completely painted pink one showing signs of life?
Name: John
Thibodaux, La. (Zone 9a)
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anole
Apr 3, 2016 11:15 AM CST
I'm afraid the other cactus that is painted pink is dying. I have not given up but it doesn't look good.

anole
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kniphofia
Apr 6, 2016 10:23 AM CST
I so wish people wouldn't buy these abominations. I thought glued on straw flowers was the limit...
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purpleinopp
Apr 7, 2016 7:59 AM CST
TY so much for the updates. So many are curious what becomes of these painted plants. The painted thimble cacti I've seen only had the spines painted.

The only thing that bothers me about painting plants is that I haven't seen these same plants available UNpainted. I'd buy a healthy looking pot of thimble cactus or those awesome bigger Echeveria rosettes in a heartbeat if I ever see one UNpainted. The unpainted plants are always either tiny (or in group pots with glued surface rocks in a pot without a hole.) If they're going to paint &/or group-ruin all specimens of certain types of plants, I'm hugely disappointed and don't have a budget for a plant of questionable survivability like that.

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Name: John
Thibodaux, La. (Zone 9a)
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anole
Jul 8, 2016 6:05 AM CST
Here's an update on my painted cactus, paint is fading and cactus is doing well. One day all the paint will be gone. I have not seen any more of these for sale at Lowe's-yet.
Anole

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purpleinopp
Jul 8, 2016 7:34 AM CST
It looks great! I'm not willing to pay for a plant that I have to wait a year for it to look normal, but it's very good to know it's possible.
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Name: Ed
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herrwood
Jul 9, 2016 4:48 PM CST
There should be a protection group for plants like they have for animals. I remember when I was a kid about 55 - 60 years ago they use to sell small painted turtles. Kind of the same they are damaging a natural thing to make money. Thumbs down
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AgaveGirl1
Jul 9, 2016 5:16 PM CST
Painted cacti and painted chicks. Grumbling

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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jul 10, 2016 6:18 PM CST
Nothing makes me more angry than painted plants and those stupid flowers they glue on the top of cacti. Angry

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