Mutants

Freaky Cacti offers a competitive selection of cactus seed and plants, including multiple popular cristata and monstrosa (monstrose) mutants. we’re also fortunate enough to offer several much rarer cactus mutants, including a few which originate from our own bulk seed grows (further highlighted in our catalogue by the “Bred by Freaky Cacti” badges and tag). Mutations in cacti can occur due to bacterial or viral disease or physical injury. These mutations also happen in many non-succulent plants, although apparently only infrequently.

If you’ve never heard of the term before, cristation is not uncommon in the cactus world, with upward of fifty genera currently recognised to exhibit this strange growth trait. Nice examples of this are the several fantastically weird, crested and fan-like Trichocereus cristata that make the rounds in Europe and the USA. Generally, a bit more vulnerable to over-watering than standard forms, cristata cacti mostly seem to originate from damage to a plant’s growing tip, causing the surrounding tissue to grow more rapidly – resulting in the unique, coral-to-brain-like forms distinctive of the type. This growth mutation is usually permanent, although can sometimes be just a temporary phase for the plant.

Monstrose growth occurs when a plant’s growth tips all attempt to grow as if they were the dominant one, resulting in the uniquely bulbous and lumpy plants popular with cactus collectors everywhere. Great examples of this are the several Trichocereus bridgesii monstrose forms available on the commercial market. Variegation is another mutation which you may have heard of that can produce some amazingly attractive freak cacti, although it’s not something we’re focusing on in our own grows at this point. We’re also hoping to offer a small selection of dichotomous and polytomous (multiple heads from one column) cacti over time, dependent on how well our current crop progresses.

Please let us know if you have an interesting Trichocereus mutant which you’d like to share with us – we’re always on the lookout for unique genetics that would benefit from wider preservation.


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