What is that on my Christmas Cactus? Pics

pudgybabyMay 12, 2011

There is something growing on my Christmas cactus (or is it a spring cactus - is there such a thing?) that looks like a tiny barrel cactus. Is this normal? I have pics, but let me say that I am embarrassed by them because it looks unhealthy - the stem parts are kind of tan and dead looking and there is cracking/scarring. But it's just wrapping up flowering with a few buds and flowers hanging on, so it's healthy enough, I guess.

The barrel cactus thing is about 3/4 inch long and has flat leaf type things coming out the top that look just like other normal Christmas cactus leaves. Have you seen ever seen this?

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

It seems to be a reversion.
Check the Thread I linked below ;-)


Here is a link that might be useful: Easter Cactus! - Bloated cactus-like leaves?

    Bookmark   May 12, 2011 at 8:08PM
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Thanks, Josh! How strange. I'll just keep watching it and see what it does. That other thread said that these may occur more often when the plant is stressed, which is definitely the case with my plant :(

    Bookmark   May 12, 2011 at 8:45PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Schizophrenia. Or multiple personality disorder. Yeah, that's the one. Your cactus is turning into something else in order to escape the trauma of its real life.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2011 at 10:59PM
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dvdNJ(z6 NJ)

fyi -- I do believe that they call the "spring cactus" Easter cactus?

Last year my 'spring' cactus' put out a plethora of lovely light pink flowers -- this year, none. :-(

That is really odd regarding your "mutation" -- makes one wonder if some of these plants aren't "creations" of humans.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2011 at 11:01PM
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