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Problems -- Growing Point Damage

Growing point damage is usually the result of another problem, either a bug or a fungi problem. A red spider mite or fungus attack can destroy the apical growing point of the plant. Hence, when you see that the growing point of a plant is damaged, it means proper care is needed for that plant.

Frequently, a damaged growing point will prompt the plant to produce a large number of offsets all around the plant. This is also true for plants which normally do not produce offsets, such as Echinocactus grusonii. It's not a ideal way to produce more plants; your parent plant becomes disfigured.

This Echinocereus has a damaged growing point, offsets are being produced all over the plant. This is the original specimen which produced a big mass of offsets in a couple of years. Later pictures of this plant can be found in Echinocereus Specimens Page.

Remedies

There is really nothing you can do about a damaged growing point -- be content that the plant is not completely dead. Prevention is the best option. For more on preventing red spider mites and fungi from attacking your plants, go to the relevant pages:


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