Mouse tail, Rat tail and Dog Tail.....Cactus

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  1. Jewell

    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Common names for cactus? At least the first and last are. The rat tail cactus is my name for it since it was not what it said it was. I’ve had the mouse tail cactus for a number of years. It is persnickety as cactus go coming from a rainforest environment. The rat tail has been even more temperamental and only two starts actually started. I’ve had the little gem for over a year and you can see how small the original plant is. Dog tail is the newest arrival. Had to rescue it from the sale rack at Walmart. It’s broken pieces are being started as a new plant(s). Any one else into rescuing plants from sale racks? Or start plants they don’t really want or need?

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    rat tail

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    dog tail

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    all three together for size comparison

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  3. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    That is a group of hairy dudes.
    Those do well in your care.
     
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    Cayuga Morning Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    Yikes! How do you repot them?
     
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  5. Jewell

    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Only the dog tail cactus needs care when replanting. The others are harmless. I have a nasty guy though with long spikes that drives me crazy trying to take cuttings and create starts, (not pictured here) but most of my cactus are easy to get along with.
     

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