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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 28, 2017 7:19 PM CST
I really love these plants! Every time I am anywhere with cactus, I have to look.

My BFF gave me a grafted Moon Cactus as a birthday gift about 4 years ago (she meant well). It has been a happy plant, outliving its life expectancy by a couple years. And I have loved it and taken good care of it, even though is a (cringe) parasite. I have always been suspicious that this little plant didn't really need to be a leach on another plant. So, this spring, I lopped off its head. Here is how the little guy is doing.
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And here he is with the rest of my collection: Variegated is hard to come by - this group represents about 5 years worth of searching and they are not as variegated as they could be.
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So, in a desperate move, I ordered variegated Gymnocalycium mihanovichii seeds on Ebay from someone here in the U.S. (I'm not even going to order from another country - I would probably end up with bird seed or something). Here is my first batch of infants - I think they are showing promising signs:
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Nov 30, 2017 3:01 PM CST

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Very interesting, Daisy. I like the range of color, and I was surprised the seeds turned out so well for you. Keep us posted. Thumbs up
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Dec 1, 2017 2:47 AM CST
Your collection is lovely Daisy! Well done on the propagation and new babies, hope they grow delightfully for you! Smiling
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Mar 4, 2018 11:03 PM CST
I had no idea anyone else grew these but me. 😊 They look very healthy, and the one you de grafted can live for many years as long as it's properly cared for.

I'm growing my own seeds I harvested from my cacti and they are doing great, hoping some are variegated.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 5, 2018 1:59 PM CST
I'm ready to pot them up and plant more seeds but there is a foot of snow in front of the shed door. Smiling
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Mar 5, 2018 4:07 PM CST
@Daisyl have you tried cross pollinating flowers to get your own seeds instead of buying? It's more challenging, but very rewarding.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 5, 2018 6:10 PM CST
I have but I haven't. Smiling
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Stush2019
Mar 7, 2018 12:32 PM CST
Daisly, Really great to know. They look like the ones I posted on the other thread. Your seeds are looking good.
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keithp2012
Mar 7, 2018 3:44 PM CST
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Do you both grow variegated cactus too?
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Baja_Costero
Mar 7, 2018 5:13 PM CST

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Nope.
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Stush2019
Mar 8, 2018 8:18 AM CST
Keith, Would like to but I haven't found any yet. I purchased the black ones because I guess it's the closest thing I can get. I did see some on here that was extremely nice looking with some green, red, yellow and dark. I think it sells for somewhere around $50 which is way too much for me. I always include shipping as part of the price. It is what's coming out of my wallet.
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Mar 8, 2018 1:06 PM CST
Stush2019 said:Keith, Would like to but I haven't found any yet. I purchased the black ones because I guess it's the closest thing I can get. I did see some on here that was extremely nice looking with some green, red, yellow and dark. I think it sells for somewhere around $50 which is way too much for me. I always include shipping as part of the price. It is what's coming out of my wallet.


The black ones are variegated, I have grown seed from them and gotten pink and red colors mixed with purple or green. If you can get it to set a seed pod and collect seeds you should grow them.
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Stush2019
Mar 8, 2018 1:17 PM CST
Keith, They bloomed their heads off last year. I didn't try to pollinate them but with 5 blooming at the same time outside, I was hoping that some bug did it for me. I didn't notice any seed pods. Will have to make a more concerned effort next time.
Wish I could find the pictures I took of them. First time I saw those type bloom. The black ones are slow to produce offshoots. Possible that maybe some of them will be variegated?
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Mar 8, 2018 2:59 PM CST
Stush2019 said:Keith, They bloomed their heads off last year. I didn't try to pollinate them but with 5 blooming at the same time outside, I was hoping that some bug did it for me. I didn't notice any seed pods. Will have to make a more concerned effort next time.
Wish I could find the pictures I took of them. First time I saw those type bloom. The black ones are slow to produce offshoots. Possible that maybe some of them will be variegated?


I had one offshoot get some red but generally they all are black. But mixed in its genes are different colors so seeds could produce new colors that will grow on their own roots.
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Mar 8, 2018 3:43 PM CST
@Daisyl

You might get lucky and your purple cactus will show more coloring. Mine started like yours and after two years became this color!
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Mar 8, 2018 3:44 PM CST
I love that, Keith!
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Stush2019
Mar 9, 2018 11:21 AM CST
Very good to know it grows on it's own. Here's some resent pictures of mine. I know, back lighting makes them look bad. Was in a hurry.

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Close up of big one.
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I got 5 small ones and one larger one. I have to number them so I can see their progress. I can clearly see some green in two of them. The large one produced offsets showing very pinkish. 'Will watch them to see if they darken up.
Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Mar 9, 2018 3:07 PM CST
Stush2019 said:Very good to know it grows on it's own. Here's some resent pictures of mine. I know, back lighting makes them look bad. Was in a hurry.

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Close up of big one.
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I got 5 small ones and one larger one. I have to number them so I can see their progress. I can clearly see some green in two of them. The large one produced offsets showing very pinkish. 'Will watch them to see if they darken up.


Looking good, just make sure to rotate the pots daily or the cactus will bend to one side. They might be ok with a little more water also. You do grow variegated cactus than 😊. It's interesting how the purple cactus has pink offsets, will be interesting to see if they darken.
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Mar 9, 2018 3:15 PM CST
Here's some of my collection.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 9, 2018 3:39 PM CST
Stush, The dark plant with the pink offsets is probably what Mr. Watanabe first saw way back in the 1940's - you have reinvented the Moon Cactus! Smiling

Keith, I looked at my dark red one to see if it was changing color at all and discovered it had mealy bugs so thanks for suggesting I look. Sighing!

You both have some really beautiful cactus there. Lovey dubby
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