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Old 02-18-2018, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I love those little 1 or 2 inch cactus you can buy in Lowes. Do they stay that small? How fast, or slow, do they grow?
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Old 02-18-2018, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now a Rehoboth Beach Bunny
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In my case, it was a very slow growing plant. In fact, mine didn't grow more than maybe a 1/4 inch in about 8 years. I let mine go waterless all winter given we live in the NE and then water in the spring. I feed twice a year. Water sparingly only when bone dry and give them plenty of light.

Depending upon which one you buy it may be a succulent as opposed to a cactus.
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Old 02-20-2018, 08:12 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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We have one that was 2-3" with the prickly thorns all over it and a beautiful pink blossom on top. About 5 years later, it's more than doubled in height, but has never blossomed since.
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Old 02-20-2018, 02:20 PM
 
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It's very difficult to predict anything with big box generic cacti. Just enjoy what you have, and if you end up not liking it, remember it was cheap.
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Old 02-20-2018, 02:43 PM
 
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We have one that was 2-3" with the prickly thorns all over it and a beautiful pink blossom on top. About 5 years later, it's more than doubled in height, but has never blossomed since.
Can't say for sure if this is your case or not, but they often glue flowers to the cactus to sell them.
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Old 03-19-2018, 08:06 AM
 
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I heard the same story about the cacti from Lowes. The flowers are artificial and hot-glued to them.
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Old 03-19-2018, 08:31 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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No, it was a real flower in our case. This weekend I tried giving it a good fertilizer with high phosphorus and potassium.
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Old 01-02-2019, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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No, it was a real flower in our case. This weekend I tried giving it a good fertilizer with high phosphorus and potassium.
old topic, I know, but I just gotta ask: did it bloom again?
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Old Today, 05:03 PM
 
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Can't say for sure if this is your case or not, but they often glue flowers to the cactus to sell them.
Right. Most true species of cacti do not bloom until mature. That can range from about 5 or 6 ys for faster growing species to well over 15 for slower ones like a golden barrel. You can sometimes find blooming size cacti in 4" + pots at a box store but most wholesalers market seedling plants because the time it takes to get the plants to market. Often a juvenile cacti will totally change in appearance and many species will clump with age.
Cacti bloom once yearly after a dry rest and a cool winter. When the sun gets stronger and days increase they will bloom in full light from spring through the summer when the rains return.
This is for desert species not the tropical jungle cacti
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Old Today, 06:10 PM
 
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If you want a nice blooming cactus, look at getting a Christmas cactus. It should bloom every year. Look for them online or get a cutting from etsy or a friend.
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