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My trailing cactus ?


I asked on a photo in April if this was a trailing cactus. Hywel thought it might be a prostrate form.

Here it is in flower. it has been flowering non stop for a month.The flowers close up at night but don’t last.

Here are the buds which are a quite dark pink

Then they open up with a dark pink stripe on the petals.

A closer look at the petals and you can see some flowers are dying off but new ones are waiting to come out.

We are delighted with it. It belongs to OH. This is its first time of flowering

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Oh well done! Its such an achievement to get them to flower so prettily

23 Sep, 2012


Lol Pamg I wish I knew what we did to deserve them. I think it must just have reached flowering size or settled in to the pot to flower so beautifully. We have not been treating it in any way.

23 Sep, 2012


Great S`gran, the flowers are always so dainty...

23 Sep, 2012


Green fingers..... :0))

23 Sep, 2012


When you showed it in April, it reminded me of the rat's tail cactus, which has elongated stems that hang down. Now after seeing the flowers, I can tell it's a Mammillaria - it has tubercles and the flowers come in between them.
It's very pretty, and I've been trying to ID it for you. It looks like it could be M. capensis ... ?

23 Sep, 2012


Forgot to say congratulations on having it flowering for the first time :o)

23 Sep, 2012


Thanks Lyn,Pam and Hywel. I googled the name Hywel but I'm not having a lot of success finding it. Should I prune it to keep it to a reasonable size? If so can you tell me how to do that. If bits get broken off will they root. I wish I could remember where we got it.

23 Sep, 2012


If you google 'mammillaria capensis' you should see lots of sites describing it, and lots of images of it on a page.

You can't prune it, but you could thin it out by taking some of the offshoots away. Put them in some gritty slightly moist compost, and they will root in a while.

You could also plant it in a larger pot.

23 Sep, 2012


Thanks Hywel I have just googled again and come up with this link which explains why so many of the ones I was seeing on the other sites seemed to be upright. Apparently there are two forms, my one which droops and is described as a right handful, and the second one is better behaved and upright in habit.
I don't think I'll be going down the potting on route as it is already big enough and the article is correct it is a right handful because it has hooked barbs, but I will try propagating some of the off shoots. I'll be giving them away if they take because the one we have is sufficient for our needs.
I have also discovered there is a Mammalaria Society and two collections with National Status in UK.

24 Sep, 2012


Nice that you've found out about it now ...

24 Sep, 2012


Thanks to you Hywel.

25 Sep, 2012

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