This cactus is an orphan. He stands on the wall neighbouring an empty house. I've never watered him and he hasn't changed much since I moved in but he's slowly winning my sympathy for standing there all alone without being tended too.
Maybe I'll just take him down and let him interact with my other plants.
I am SO happy you started this thread. This group of plants is dear to my heart. I think I can identify your cactus for you if you'll give a little time.
HW, you can take off any of those pups and turn them into new cactus plants. Since you have lots of rain in your climate, set the pup aside in a bright but not sunny spot and let it form a dry callous at the place with was attached to the parent plant. Then simply set it in a pot of gritty dirt and let it make roots, thrive, and eventually turn into something that looks like the picture above.
Beautiful hw! I'm amazed that the plant (and the pot it is in) survived the night here sitting right above Bixa's lustful eyes and clutches!! I admire looking at the cacti,don't have but one or two small. The succulents on the other hand I'm mad for although I ,don't have many,many.
I am guessing, HW, based on your picture. Take your cactus off the wall and compare it to the photo on the far right in the link in Reply #9.
If you can see that it's not the cactus in the photo, you'll have to start comparing your cactus with photos and descriptions from books &/or the internet. You could also phone the botanical garden and the universities to see if someone there would be willing to look at it for you. And you're right about the bloom being a major clue.
I don't know. Do you think he showed the proper respect and gratitude for my tentative identification. Good thing I am too mature of a person to say something like I hope he pricks the hell out of himself with his ill-gotten prickly prize.
Such excitement! There were evil alien dogs on the property, but fierce brave Ginger chased them away. When I went out to see what all the ruckus was, I was amazed to see the cactus buds had opened. I took a bunch of pictures, but there's not enough light. Will see if I can get a good pic tomorrow. In the meantime ...............
Wow Bixa,this has me excited about growing cactus in a way I've never experienced before. There's something about seeing a lushly budded plant and the resulting bloom. Those look spectacular! Cacti do however ,tend to not only look out of place here with all our humidity but ,act that way as well. I think I would have to rig up something to protect them from all our rains and still allow enough sunlight. My mother's technique for watering cacti is hysterical. She says she looks to see if it rained in the desert and then waters. She may have been pulling my leg but has always had beautiful cacti plants.
Post by bixaorellana on Sept 25, 2009 14:39:17 GMT
I think your mother has absolutely got it right. Most cacti -- all of which are new world plants -- come from places with distinct wet and dry seasons. A few years ago we had a rainy season that was pretty excessive, and everyone's cacti, both potted and in the ground, thrived. Remember that we get no rain for six months here. Most doting plant owners can't restrain themselves from giving water for that long, so lovingly drown their spiny friends.
If you want to grow cacti, seek out varieties that don't want full sun. That will allow you to keep them under cover and still afford them enough light. The first one that comes to mind is Gymnocalycium.
Although this particular cactus (Stenocereus beneckei) is shown inside the porch, I only moved it the other day so I'd have a better view of the flowers. Ordinarily it's on the porch ledge. It's very gray out today, and the flowers have semi closed and don't seem to want to open back up.
This photo is blurry, because I didn't feel like hauling the chair back out so I could stand on it to get the picture. ----->
Oh ~~ you have some beauties! I have to laugh at the pots. Mine will definitely never get the mossy patina in this climate.
Is that the trunk of a Jatropha behind the Graptopetalum paraguayense? And is that a Queen of the Night leaning towards the camera, or something else?
I love those monstrose forms of euhorbia. I see the greener of the two has thrown out a couple of branches that reverted to the true form. You can cut those off & pot them up separately, as they will never get the cristate shape.
I admire the patience that people have with cacti, because I have always needed to see plants that grow or 'do things' relatively quickly. I know it is super rewarding when a cactus finally blooms, but I couldn't stand the months and months of it sitting there with nothing ever happening. Yes, I'm fickle and flighty in terms of gardening.
Actually, except for a few with high drama, like the queen of the night, I don't grow succulents for the flowers. They have so much interest in texture, tint, and form that flowers are not necessary, although a pleasant bonus. I do like to post pictures of succulents in flower, though, as it's a way of drawing attention to these chubby, low-maintenance beauties.
Tell me these need flowers to be interesting!
The play of light and shadow caused by the strong architectural forms is endlessly fascinating, and sunlight shining through the subtle colors of cactus spines is a beautiful sight.