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Name: Nakita
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Nakita90
Oct 16, 2021 2:15 PM CST
I have no idea what type of cactus/succulent this is. But I just noticed these tiny clear balls all over it. They are solid (not squishy or sticky). Should I be concerned?!
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purpleinopp
Oct 16, 2021 7:39 PM CST
It looks like it may be Euphorbia tirucalli. I've not see that on any of mine.
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Name: Nakita
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Nakita90
Oct 16, 2021 8:06 PM CST
I think it's a Mistletoe Cactus, but I'm not positive.
Name: John
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Oct 16, 2021 8:37 PM CST
I'd go with the Euphorbia and the globs are dried guttate. (!!???!!) Guttation is the exuding of sap when the soil moisture is high (for the plant type) and so is the humidity. It's harmless, but a good indicator that one or the other moisture level needs to change.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 16, 2021 8:42 PM CST
Yes, Euphorbia tirucalli. Yes, guttation (edema).
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 16, 2021 9:25 PM CST
It's possible but I think I would have seen this if it was something so ordinary as guttation or oedema. Maybe really dry air could be a factor, which would be a very unlikely condition around my place.

If you snip one of the tips off and find white sap inside, it's Euphorbia. If you decide to do this, be careful because the white sap is caustic and you don't want to get it on your skin or much worse, in your eye.
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The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is now.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 16, 2021 9:35 PM CST
purpleinopp said:It's possible but I think I would have seen this if it was something so ordinary as guttation or oedema. Maybe really dry air could be a factor, which would be a very unlikely condition around my place.


Now I'm confused... This is your plant?
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 17, 2021 5:04 PM CST
No, sorry. I have a bunch of these plants and have never seen this on any of them.
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The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is now.
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DaisyI
Oct 17, 2021 7:36 PM CST
Its kind of a perfect storm sort of thing. Warm soil, cool humid nighttime air and too much moisture in the rootzone. Plants without leaves don't respirate well. Sometimes its a reaction to irregular watering.
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Kaktus
Oct 17, 2021 7:52 PM CST
I think it is nothing to worry about, I am more concern with the snake on Nakita's neck than the succulent Rolling my eyes.
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purpleinopp
Oct 17, 2021 8:38 PM CST
When your neck is cold & there's a snake handy, it makes sense.
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The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is now.
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DaisyI
Oct 17, 2021 10:59 PM CST
I thought it was an infinity scarf! Hilarious!
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Name: Nakita
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Nakita90
Oct 21, 2021 12:58 PM CST
Living infinity scarf ๐Ÿ˜‚

Thanks for all the help! The watering would make sense, so I'll adjust it and see! As long as I know the plant (and it's shelfmates) are safe from harm!

Mine is also more droopy then traditional pencil trees, which is why I'm thinking it's a mistletoe cactus. I'll post some examples:




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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 21, 2021 2:17 PM CST
Its easy to tell. Break a stem. All Euphorbia have white sap.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒทโš˜๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Oct 21, 2021 3:20 PM CST
Agree, I said that on 10/16.
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The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is now.
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Oct 21, 2021 5:34 PM CST

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Be sure not to touch the sap and especially not to get it in your eyes. Euphorbia sap can be an extreme irritant (as Tiffany pointed out earlier, but it doesn't hurt to repeat this fact). Smiling
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Oct 22, 2021 7:05 AM CST
Low light will yield a leaning, less upright plant. It takes hours per day of sun shining right on a pencil plant for it to stay stiffly upright.

There are many pics of pencil trees/plants in the plant database on this site:
Pencil Tree (Euphorbia tirucalli)
Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli 'Firesticks')

And the various plants referred to as mistletoe cactus, and other nicknames (Rhipsalis species):
https://garden.org/plants/sear...
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The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The 2nd best time is now.
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dewayx
Oct 23, 2021 3:44 AM CST
My Sansevieria cylindrica does a lot of that guttation thingy as well, but only after I watered it once a week.
Does that mean that the soil isn't loose enough or water retention too high?
get the mlems in! Don't let them get wet or stale outside, come on!
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DaisyI
Oct 23, 2021 6:12 PM CST
Its not an overwatering issue, that would cause rot. Its a combination of moisture in the soil, humidity in the air and temperatures. It never happens at my house because the humidity is too low.
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just mlem on!
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dewayx
Oct 23, 2021 10:08 PM CST
Ooooohh yea, must be all my mosses, they take in and transpire a lot of water
get the mlems in! Don't let them get wet or stale outside, come on!

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