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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Jul 12, 2017 12:05 PM CST
I had a catus that basically fell apart. I got it on clearance should I say more!? Ha ha.
It was just untreated, unloved. Well I didnt save it but there was dozens of "spurs?" Left in my pot and that soil got mixed with some other soil and then I threw them in a vermiculite pot just to see what it would do.
Now there is 100s of spurs.
I made a small clay pot with vermiculite mixed about 50/50 with soil and threw the spurs in that pot sprinkled little of soil mixture on top. I just did that about a week ago. Not much happening there but its seems to be looking little briter in color maybe. Maybe not..
So has anyone had this happen . Am I correct that these are called spurs that are multiplying? I did my best to show how they look...
Does anyone know if I could get a plant from this at some point?
I appreciate all the great opinions, ideas and answers from everyone!
Thanks for reading.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 12, 2017 10:51 PM CST
Why are they bright blue? I'm not sure what you have there but I don't think its a plant.
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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Jul 14, 2017 10:54 AM CST
Ill look for the pics of the catus I had, it was brite blue.
These are from the plant, its the pieces that came from the top of the catus plant. It looked like a big blue cotton ball, on top the catus.
Im sure these are multiplying. I also add the picture of the other pot that has about 50 of those blue spurs in it. I potted it up lil over a week ago to see if it would form into anything!
Its very stange I know. Honestly I didnt believe those spurs were multiplying I had to prove it to myself but they have been doing this for 6 months now. Maybe longer.

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I wanted to also mention some of the spurs are white too just a couple.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 14, 2017 3:21 PM CST
Did it look like this?

https://www.google.com/search?...:
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PamelaLynn77
Jul 14, 2017 4:32 PM CST
I dont think so. Ill go look again for old pics. I know i had some.
Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Jul 14, 2017 4:49 PM CST
Found some Just wanted to mention few more things. Idk if it helps. when they plant fell apart it fell
apart into spurs like the are now.
I know it sounds lil crazy again I didnt believe it.
But there are far far more spurs then I started with and when they grew in the vermiculite there was no doubt they grew... idk what else to say. . Maybe the plant did take on the blue dye?
Is that completely not possible. Some of the spurs are white or half white /blue. Idk Im feeling like i know there are more of them I just don't know how thats happened.. Hopefully this little clay pot I put together will do something and go from there. Or Maybe not.
I got it at kmart, they had them all torn up.
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plantladylin
Jul 14, 2017 4:58 PM CST
I have a feeling it was a dyed cactus. Many nurseries are injecting dye into some orchids and cacti nowadays ... I guess they think the bright, vivid colors will sell plants. I was given a Blue Phalaenopsis Orchid one year by a non gardening friend who knew how much I loved plants. It was beautiful but I didn't have the heart to tell her until a year or so late that the next blooms would be the regular white color.



I googled and came upon this thread from 2015 about dyed Cacti: The thread "Dyed Succulents and Cacti ??!!!" in Cactus and Tender Succulents forum

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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Jul 14, 2017 5:16 PM CST
Those spurs in very first pics of my post, single spurs laid out on deck... the new ones look exactly like the blue spurs on top of that catus in the pic with white rocks.... they just look like larger ones ... made me remember... I didnt mention that the last spot I grew them in was my devils ivy pot. It had got a little vermiculite in the soil mix from rooting devil's ivy, anyways when they spurs grew in that pot i found what look like larger pieces of those spurs growing right under the surface like of the soil they had gotten the size of a peanut but when i tryed to even touch it it just fell apart into little spurs like before. I didnt take a pic of that. I just happen to notice when I was moving a piece of vine out of the pot. I tried to get the spurs out of the other pot too they just keep growing in there.
Im going to keep track well if i dont figure out whats going on.
I just seen my therapist today im feeling ok
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. Lmbo.. ha ha
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 14, 2017 5:39 PM CST
Now I know what you have: Mammillaria gracilis cv. Arizona Snowcap that has been spray painted bright blue. Your little blue on the top, white on the bottom spurs are the bristley spines falling off the ends of the tubercles of your cactus. Here's a closeup of the cactus in its natural state. Do the 'spurs' you are planting looks like a blue version of these?

https://www.google.com/search?...:

And here is the whole plant:

http://www.cactus-art.biz/cata...

These cactus are spray painted and sold as "Desert Gems". They are not expected to live as they can't photosynthesize. Once in awhile, they do grow out of the spray paint and are, once again, green with white bristles on the ends of their tubercles.

Those little blue things are not multiplying, honest.
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Name: Pamela Gregory
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PamelaLynn77
Jul 14, 2017 8:38 PM CST
I gave that catus to my daughter over 6 months ago unfortunately she did do well with it and killed the plant. So I ended up with a few spurs in soil.
Ill check back in if anything changes.
I still have the pot I put all the spurs in.
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