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bikeraljen
Nov 5, 2017 8:20 AM CST
Sticky clear drops & White (spots here & there) otherwise healthy .
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sallyg
Nov 5, 2017 9:03 AM CST
Blooming seems a good sign of health though.
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mcvansoest
Nov 5, 2017 9:19 AM CST
Hard to see from the picture, but some cacti can secrete nectar from small areas near their spines in addition to what gets produced in the flower. I do not know if this is the case for this cactus, but if the clear spots dry out to be the white spots then that could be it. They do this to attract more insects which would increase the chance of getting the flowers pollinated.

Alternatively, the clear drops could be attracting scale insects that might make the white spots as they settle in to protect themselves, but I doubt that any of those that like to be on cacti would naturally occur where you are.
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bikeraljen
Nov 5, 2017 9:36 AM CST
Thanks Thijs for Quick response ( Would you just leave it or try to got white off ) Thank You!
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plantmanager
Nov 5, 2017 9:42 AM CST
I used to have that one, and I did notice a few sticky drops on it. I think Thijs is correct and it's normal for that plant. Beautiful blooms! You must have it in a perfect place.
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Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Nov 5, 2017 1:49 PM CST
You are welcome! As others have noted it is a beautiful plant!

You can see if there is any kind of insect below the white spots, if not I'd just leave them unless you are really bothered by them.
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bikeraljen
Nov 5, 2017 2:13 PM CST
Thank you will Do
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