Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Cactus fruit split, is it ok to pick off?

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Name: Keith
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Aug 31, 2016 1:38 PM CST
I have a Gymno cactus with fruit that ripened to pink. Now it split open naturally revealing the brown seeds inside. Are they ready for harvest? Should I pull the fruit off, its still attatched and I don't want the seeds to blow away.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Aug 31, 2016 3:56 PM CST
Those seed pods are ready to distribute the seeds so, Yes, remove them. They may have to be cut off to keep from damaging the plant.
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