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May 21, 2018 7:29 PM CST
USA
Hi, so about two weeks ago I started noticing this weird green stalk growing off of my cactus. At first it was short and I thought it would just become a new leaf on my cactus. But it just keeps growing. I have no idea what it could be, but it seems to be healthy otherwise. Thanks
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May 21, 2018 8:17 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Welcome!

It is a new leaf. Your cactus is not getting enough light so the new growth will be pencil thin. There's nothing you can do for that leaf - it will be forever skinny. Find a spot with lots of sun or get it outside.
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May 21, 2018 9:12 PM CST
USA
Hi, thank you so much. I will definitely move it to another spot. Should I just chop it off? And if so will it ever grow another leaf?
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May 21, 2018 9:24 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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Yes, you can chop it off. And yes, it will grow another leaf. In fact, if its getting sufficient light, it will grow several new leaves each year... and bloom.

But... BIG but... introduce it to more sun gradually or it will sunburn. From your house to outdoor total shade, to dappled shade to full sun. This transition could take a couple weeks.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
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