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I have a small pillow of my two-year-old mother-in-law, during the winter she lives at home and in the summer in the garden where she is in the sun for several hours, I noticed she grew up around six children who grow up quickly. Should I take them off? Thank you


Mother-in-law cushion: Answer: a large group

Dear Paola,

a cactus of Mexican origin, belonging to the species echinocactus grusonii, is commonly called pillow of the mother-in-law; it seems strange that your cactus is really an echinocactus, because these globose cacti tend to settle with great difficulty, and even in nature we usually see adult specimens, which are many years old, and which have only seed-born specimens nearby; if you do an online search you will see many photos of single echinocactus, and rare cases of echinocactus with basal or apical suckers, which in general, however, are very large, and therefore have several tens of years. Try to check that yours is really an echinocactus grusoni. In any case, if it is well and even stows, it means that you are cultivating it at its best, so the basal suckers, the so-called "children" must not cause any concern. As far as detaching them depends on your desires, you can leave them where they are, provided they find the necessary space, or detach them. In case you unplug them in spring and wait a few days before burying them; if in the sucking operation of the suckers you caused damages on the mother plant, put some mastic for pruning, or risks that the wounds are easy access for fungi, bacteria or harmful viruses.

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