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Pachypodiums in Winter

Hi there, I have gotten many plants from you through out the years. One of the plants I have, got damaged. Just noticed it at an angle this AM.

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I am hoping you can kindly help me again like in the past. Can I (and how), propagate the fallen portion? It has fresh growth on top, but lower portion looks/feels soft but intact. I’m including some pics if that helps. Any suggestions would be great. Thank you for your time with this.

Stan F

The branch comes off a Pachypodium saundersi. Generally it won’t root at this time of year, and if you do get it to root it won’t form the fat base like the original plant. It is a branch, so like many plants if they lose a branch usually you can just toss them after making sure the main plant is OK. In this case, the branch looks thin, which may be due to it wanting more direct sun or less water. If you want to try to root it, cut it further up until it is dry and firm and then let it heal for a couple weeks. Use a rooting hormone – we sell “Dip ‘n Grow” – and place in dry cactus soil. Use bottom heat since we’re going into winter – that would be a heating pad, or place on a warm but not hot heater at home.

Peter

Succulent Wreaths 

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In stock now, at your local Cactus Jungle. Local, if you live near us. And that would be Berkeley . California! 

Otherwise you can buy them online and we’ll ship them. To you! In the US. To Europe too? No, not to Europe too. Not to South America. Not to Africa. And not even to Australia. How about Alaska and Hawaii? Probably not. Mostly just the continental US. Maybe Canada, early in the season, while it’s still warm enough. I don’t know! Give it a try! 

We Get Questions

Hi,
I keep this in a sunny window, lately I’ve been seeing this brown shriveling in some sections of the plant. I water weekly with Schultz cactus food in the water. Any suggestions on how to bring back to health? Possibly I’m watering too often? Thanks very much.

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Jim

Jim,

You’ve got a couple different problems. One is that you are watering and fertilizing too much, causing the plant to grow too fast, rather than slow and healthy growth. Less water and a lot less fertilizer. Second, you appear to have mealie bugs on the plant. You’ll need to spray with an organic pesticide, like a Neem Oil.

You can prune off the dead branches and leaves and the rest of it should survive fine.

Peter

Clumps of Blooming Airplants

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Tillandsia stricta “Green” is huge. And it has purple blooms! What more could you want? You could want for nothing more. I assure you.

People ask us how do you take care of airplants? And I tell them to keep them in bright indirect light, a little direct sun is OK but not too much. Mist 2-3 times per week, or dunk in water once per week – I usually run my under a faucet weekly and then shake it off. Always make sure they dry out within about 4 hours of watering them or they might rot. And finally you should add nutrients to the water once per month. We use an organic Liquid Seaweed at low strength.

Easy!

Rock Cactus 

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Ariocarpus fissuratus is a geophytic star-shaped cactus from Texas. This one is pretty old, and the most perfect flower I’ve ever seen on an Ariocarpus. Won’t generally bloom unless they’re 10 plus years old. I’d guess this one is closer to 20.

Whitesloanea crassa

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My mature Whitesloanea crassa has gone nuts just before winter sets in. Blooms all around.

Origin: Somalia

Description: Rare caudiciform stapeliad; dry and warm in winter. Can grow to 10″ tall. We grow them with weekly water during the hot part of the year and monthly or less in the winter.

Hardy to 32F
Full Sun to Part Sun
Low Water

Eve’s Needles

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Austrocylindropuntia subulata bloom at the Cactus Jungle. Everyone loves a cactus flower!

Origin: Peru, Argentina And Bolivia<

Description: Andean tree cholla gets 12 feet tall in habitat but can reach 25 feet in Bay Area, tubular leaves, long spines. Creates a very effective living fence. The fruit often drop and root in place.

Live Corpse Flower Blogging

The corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum), also known as the stinky plant or titan arum, is on display at the United States Botanic Garden Conservatory in Washington, DC. Once fully open, the titan arum may remain in bloom for 24 to 48 hours, and then it will collapse quickly.

We’re Back!

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That’s been a bit of awhile. But the blog is redesigned, the whole Cactus Jungle site is redesigned, and now we’re back!

Here, have a plant!

Echinocereus enneacanthus ssp brevispinus
Strawberry Cactus
Texas, New Mexico; Mexico

Description: Clusters of 2-4″ stems. Strawberry-red flowers. Rot-prone – keep dry in winter.

Characteristics:
Hardy to 10F
Full Sun
Low Water

Palm Springs Cactus

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Hi there,

I was wondering if you could help to identify this cactus. I saw it while walking down a street of mid-century homes while visiting Palm Springs. I love its color and form, really got my attention. I live on the east coast and would love to care for a (much) smaller plant of this type indoors, if you happen to know any specifics.

Thanks for your time!
Nicole

The cactus is a Myrtillocactus, also known as the Whortleberry Cactus.

Peter

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