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  1. 1mommy1

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    My husband brought me this cactus home from work and I want to identify it so I can properly care for it. Thank You
     

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  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    A species of Mammilaria.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Now you can ask your husband why he was interested in a cactus named after a supposed resemblance to breasts.
     
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    After I look it up,I'm gonna have to do that
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    This specimen seems to me a comparatively large and impressive example. Apparently he likes them big. Growing in the ground outdoors, or in specialist or public collection one like this might not be that remarkable, but for ordinary(?) circumstances in a small pot it's probably pretty good.
     
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    I was wondering the proper name because pieces keep falling off of it. I have attached pics of the whole plant. The women he got it from said it was 20 years old and may need to be transplanted. She had it growing on her front porch. I would hate to kill it,the pot it's in is plastic,I thought they were suppose to be in clay pots? I really don't want it to die,I also thought the little red things were suppose to be flowers but they aren't bloming only dieing maybe plant is to big. I don't know
     

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    yes, unglazed clay would be better for it.

    since you don't know the last time it was repotted, it's probably overdue for it. use a rocky soil mix - small gravel pieces with some regular/plain soil.

    it might be some kind of rebutia rather than a mammilaria. i'm not very good with id's yet, though, so i could be wrong :) plus, you really need to see the flower to be sure of id's.

    gorgeous plant...any parts that break off can be potted up separately.
     
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    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    Gee, Ron...if it IS a Rebutia, perhaps it is another part of the female anatomy in which the spousal unit is interested!

    Lovely plant. As we are wont to say here in Ah-hi-a: That there is State Fair quality! ---The logistics of repotting it, though, boggle my mind. Whoa nelly.
     
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    I don't really know but Rebutia looks to me like a good call.
     
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    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Hi,
    it's a "simple" Mammillaria prolifera var., but it's really huuuugee!
     
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    ahh, thanks, lila!! hmm, this one is VERY aptly named, huh? ;)
     

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