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Nov 9, 2017 12:54 PM CST
My cactus has this white crystal goo all over the top of it and I have no idea what it is or how to fix it. I used a toothpick to feel if it was hard or soft and it went right through the goo with ease. Also the flower does not look or seem to be attached anymore but when i pull on it to take it off it still feels attached. its been there for a few months.

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Nov 9, 2017 12:59 PM CST

I've got good news and bad news.

Good news: There is nothing wrong with your cactus
Bad news: Those are strawflowers that have been glued to your cactus with hot glue.

The glue will slowly work its way off the cactus body. The flowers still attached will also come off. Sometimes you can gently peel the glue off but be careful as you will rip a hole in the cactus if you tug too hard and then you will have a problem.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Nov 9, 2017 1:17 PM CST
I agree Flower isn't even right, and flowers do last quite a while, butt ! Not several months. Just let glue wear out and fall off as plant grows.
Don't force it off.
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Nov 9, 2017 2:49 PM CST
I will take your word on it thank you.
so Is all the white stuff glue?? there is so much of it, its hard to believe they would have used that much. also why would it be soft if its glue, wouldn't it be hard to keep the flower in place?
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Nov 12, 2017 11:29 AM CST
True ! 🤔??? Take Q-tips, and get the goo off. See if it comes back.
Better yet ! We'll get the attention of our Catus Guru. Help !🕵️!
@bajacastro . Hope I spelt that right ?
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Nov 12, 2017 11:38 AM CST
Ok . Got it right now.
Help us, please, @Baja_Costero
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Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Nov 12, 2017 12:02 PM CST
I think you have to let time work it out. They did use a lot of glue. Sometimes the formulation is soft after it sets. It may actually be released (partially at least) as the plant grows and the top part (now) becomes the side part (later). Or it may be there for life, hard to know at this point.

Try to provide as much light as possible through the Wisconsin winter and you may be rewarded with some actual cactus flowers down the road. They're pretty nice little flowers... way better than the stuck-on ones, if nothing other than because they fall off naturally and don't leave a glob behind. If anything, they might leave a fruit behind, which is way better than a glob. Thumbs up

In the spring you might consider a slightly bigger pot for this plant. No rush on that, just something to think about.
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Name: Lin
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Nov 12, 2017 12:17 PM CST
Hi Justin411, Welcome!
I know nothing about Cacti but that sure is a pretty plant! I find it so disturbing when nurseries glue fake flowers onto plants ... and don't get me started about the practice of injecting dye into some orchids and other plants just to make them more attractive to prospective shoppers!!

Here's an interesting article about cactus and the fake flowers:
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