Cactus and Succulents forum: What are these pink pieces on my cactus

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Name: John
Thibodaux, La. (Zone 9a)
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Apr 19, 2015 9:10 AM CST
What are these pink pieces at the top of my cactus? thanks. I have been gardening for a long time but I am an impulse gardener. I have not been too interested in plant identification in the past but I have started to get more organized and educated. This website looks like it could help me out a lot.

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Apr 19, 2015 11:11 AM CST
Welcome! anole! They are buds. Is that a Turk's Cap cactus? Looks like it could be.

Apr 19, 2015 3:57 PM CST
Looks to me like fruit, which is the remanents of pollinated flowers. There should be seeds in them, but I don't know anything about sowing cacti seeds. Definitely a Turk's cap and a mighty fine specimen at that.

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Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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Apr 19, 2015 5:52 PM CST
That is a Turk's cap and you're really lucky it's making flowers!!!! That is a rare, valuable plant. Save the seeds! Thanks for sharing.
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Name: John
Thibodaux, La. (Zone 9a)
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Apr 20, 2015 4:19 PM CST
Thanks for all your comments, I have had this plant for several years it has produced these pink things (sorry-I don't know what to call them) several times. It also produces a small flower at times. My next question is -- what do I do with these pink things? I will look to see if there are seeds, let me look and I'll get back with you.

Thanks again for everyone's help, I truly appreciate the information


Apr 20, 2015 5:16 PM CST
You could attempt to pot the seeds and make new cacti, but growing from seeds is something in and of itself. Some cacti are easier to grow from seed than others and their care requirements can also vary depending on the cactus.

Sadly, I don't know much about growing cacti from seeds or specifically, growing your type of cactus from seeds. I do remember unlike their adult counterparts, most seedlings need constant moisture. Other than that, Shrug! .

Sorry I can't be of more help.

Name: John
Thibodaux, La. (Zone 9a)
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Apr 21, 2015 6:51 PM CST
Thank You! I sliced open one of the pink things, and it appears there are seeds in them. I have no experience in growing cactus from seeds and will probably just let these fall in the yard. I really don't have the time to start another seed project as I have lots of other things taking up my time.

Thanks to all for everyone's interest and help. I will have more questions about my other cactus plant.

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