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Caesurra
Apr 26, 2017 1:36 PM CST
I was given a cutting from a cactus that is a little beat up and hoped for some advice planting it. If I plant the entire thing, will the damage eventually heal? Or should I cut the top off and plant that? Also, as you can see it has some type of scale on it - any suggestions removing that? Thank you!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 26, 2017 1:40 PM CST
I saw this blog page which discusses treatment approach about scale on cacti. Hope it helps.

http://cactuslover.blogspot.co...
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Apr 26, 2017 4:47 PM CST
I would cut off the top and use that part. The damage could have structural consequences if it doesn't heal well. Just use a sharp blade and allow the cutting to heal for at least a couple of weeks in bright shade with good air flow.

As for the scale, I would recommend a two-step treatment. This is what has worked for me with this plant (very tasty fruit btw).

First get an old toothbrush and a cup full of dilute soapy water (I like the kind sold for insecticidal use at the nursery, but in principle the homemade kind should be fine if you use mild dish soap at 100x or more). Remove the bugs from the plant by gently scrubbing them off with the toothbrush, using a sideways motion. The soapy water acts to disable them once they are off the plant, and the toothbrush is gentle enough not to break the skin of the cactus.

Follow up a week later by spraying the affected areas with 70% alcohol. You can douse the cactus, and its waxy coating will protect it from the alcohol, but any insects left hanging around will be dehydrated and killed. Return after a few weeks to make sure they are gone, and repeat the alcohol spray if/where you're in doubt. There is no need to resort to insecticides (systemics would not work anyway until there are roots) until you have tried mechanical removal and the alcohol spray.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Apr 26, 2017 5:18 PM CST
I dislike thorny plants ... because I always seem to injure myself with them around but we had a nice Peruvian Apple (Cereus repandus) at our old house and those nocturnal blooms were so pretty! I never knew the fruit was edible! I sometimes think I'd like to get another to plant but unfortunately here at our new home we have a heavily wooded lot and don't get much sun.
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tarev
Apr 26, 2017 5:22 PM CST
Try first using the easier way with alcohol as mentioned too on the blog. I do that way first before I escalate to tougher chemicals.
Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Apr 26, 2017 8:18 PM CST
Wow Lin, you really left this thing of beauty to the birds? Smiling



I usually snatch them before they break open and make sure to share with the neighbors.
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Caesurra
Apr 26, 2017 10:46 PM CST
Thank you so much for the advice!!
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plantladylin
Apr 27, 2017 4:21 AM CST
Baja, yep ... I never knew they were edible until reading your above post!
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Baja_Costero
Apr 27, 2017 1:01 PM CST
People here look at a lot of cacti as food. After all, there is a very edible cactus on the Mexican flag. So maybe I would assume the fruit of any cactus is at least worth a try. Some cactus fruit is not very interesting, or not fleshy, or too spiny/seedy, but I can't imagine any cactus fruit is actually inedible. Not that I know this to be actual fact, maybe it's a cultural assumption. Smiling

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