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Domino


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1788&amp;entry_id=1596" title="http://www.dominomag.com/daily/blogs/germinatrix/2008/01/do-you-like-old.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.dominomag.com/daily/blogs/germinatrix/2008/01/do-you-like-old.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Domino Magazine </a>has a gardening column whose writer says she has been sceptical of cactus. Until now….<br /><br style="font-style: italic;" /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><img width="320" hspace="5" height="240" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/the_old_man_cactus_2.jpg" /><br style="font-style: italic;" /><span style="font-style: italic;">Cacti are controversial. Most people would NEVER plant cactus….<br />
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Until now.<br />
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Cacti have been looking really fresh to me lately…. Hmmmmmm…<br />
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I do adore the cactus known as ‘Old Man Cactus’.</span><br /></div><br />Well, it’s about time. Cactus have been design staples in modern home and garden design for at least the past hundred years. And more popular than ever in this newest of centuries.<br /><br />

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Garden Advice


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1787&amp;entry_id=1595" title="http://www.sanluisobispo.com/151/story/242952.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.sanluisobispo.com/151/story/242952.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">San Luis Obispo</a>, like many California towns, is recommending you go drought-tolerant in your garden. Here are some of their tips:<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"> <img width="432" hspace="5" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/381-slo-20080111-F020-field-29594-MI0001.slideshow_main.prod_affiliate.76.jpg" /><br />A succulent garden spot <br />
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GARDEN TIPS FROM FRANK GABRIEL<br />
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RAISE IT UP<br />
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Mounding the soil into berms creates dynamic focal points and allows you to add good soil, increasing the drainage essential for succulents.<br />
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MIX IT UP<br />
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Contrast the bold colors and diverse forms of succulents to create striking combinations throughout the garden.<br />
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ROCK OUT!<br />
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Whether it’s boulders, flagstone or rock mulch, stone gives a natural feel and creates structure in the garden. </span><br /></div><br />Nicely done. I don’t have any snarky comments to add to such a simple and straightforward set of recommendations.<br /><br /><br />

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Cactus and Ghost Towns


The <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1786&amp;entry_id=1594" title="http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/01/11/travel/escapes/20080111_AMERICAN_SLIDESHOW_index.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/01/11/travel/escapes/20080111_AMERICAN_SLIDESHOW_index.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">New York Times Travel section</a> visits southern Arizona on a lovely drive.<br /><br style="font-style: italic;" /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><img width="432" hspace="5" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/11amer.01.jpg" /><br style="font-style: italic;" /><span style="font-style: italic;">On a road trip along the borderlands of Arizona you’ll find vast open land, big Western sky and adventurous people ­ some who live there and some just passing through. At left, a visitor drives on Ajo Mountain Loop road in Organ Pipe National Monument five miles north of the Arizona and Mexico border.<br />
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Photo: Jeff Topping for The New York Times</span><br /></div><br />I always try to get out of the car too. Check out the rest of the photos, it seems they got out of the car too.<br /><br />

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Alaska Cactus


Hap is from Alaska. I wonder if the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1785&amp;entry_id=1593" title="http://www.adn.com/life/story/260436.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.adn.com/life/story/260436.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Anchorage Daily News</a> ever featured his greenhouse full of cactus in their paper.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><br /><img width="432" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/403-3358758.standalone.prod_affiliate.7.jpg" /></div><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Fran Flint at home in Anchorage with her collection of cacti and succulents. The barrel cactus she is holding is at least 20 years old, she says, and it’s her favorite.<br />
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Photo: FRAN DURNER / Anchorage Daily News</span><br /></div><br />According to Hap’s sister, who stills lives there, there hasn’t been too much snow this year.<br /><br />

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Austin Art Car Update


Our intrepid correspondent Abigail Mahnke from Austin, TX tooks these pictures of the junk/art/nuisance/cactusplanter/car near Austin. The judge has ruled that it is a nuisance, but the owners are taking them all the way to the supreme court if that’s what it takes.<br /><br /><img width="432" hspace="5" height="324" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/DSCN3973b.jpg" /><br /><br />Now that I see it, I’m leaning more towards nuisance. Especially with that Ron Paul sign. Those crazy f’in libertarians…<br /><br /><img width="432" hspace="5" height="324" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/DSCN3970a.jpg" /><br /><br />

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Washington Cactus


I don’t know what this article is about, so here’s a quote, and we’ll leave it at that.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">The home is heated by a rocket stove, a special wood-burning stove. Kale grows on his sod-covered roof. The wind blusters outside, but the inside of his home is cozy, dry and quiet. It’s warm enough and light enough for Boreen, an accomplished gardener, to tend to <span style="font-weight: bold;">an array of cacti and succulents</span>. In the summer, the home is pleasantly cool, he said.</span><br /></div><br />That’s from the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1784&amp;entry_id=1590" title="http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20080110/LIVING03/565224720" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20080110/LIVING03/565224720′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Everett (WA) Herald</a>. Some kind of human interest story, I suppose.<br /><br />

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Friday Whippet Blogging


Benjamin Speaks<br />
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Constitutional Questions


The Cactus Car Planter – art or nuisance – <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1783&amp;entry_id=1589" title="http://www.sanmarcosrecord.com/local/local_story_017111133.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.sanmarcosrecord.com/local/local_story_017111133.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">lawsuit in Austin</a> takes on a decidely consititutional character as the business owners refuse to move it. <br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Less than a week after Municipal Judge John Burke ruled the Oldsmobile turned cactus planter outside the San Marcos Planet K store a “public nuisance,” the company’s founder and CEO has filed in district court for an injunction, and the city of San Marcos is about to turn it over to the feds….<br />
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“Over a cactus planter? Federal Court?,” he said…. “All we wanted to do is to beautify a car and beautify our property and we did that…. the worst part is bureaucrats are continuing to waste taxpayer money on nonsense like a cactus planter….&quot;<br />
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In the meantime, the car will stay where it is. “The city will not do anything until everybody’s had the opportunity to be heard, so it will sit there.”</span><br /></div><br />I’m sending our Texas reporter out to get a look. Hopefully she’ll report back soon.<br /><br />

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Link of the Day


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1782&amp;entry_id=1588" title="http://back40feet.blogspot.com/2008/01/bloom-day.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://back40feet.blogspot.com/2008/01/bloom-day.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">My Back 40 (Feet)</a> has lots of good photographic evidence of their bloom skills in the harsh San Francisco winters with a post called Bloom Day.<br /><br /><br />

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We Get Questions


Q: Hello,<br />
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I came across your blog regarding info for Jatropha Podagica and found it very helpful. I did, however, have a question. I live in the NE, and have recently purchased seeds. I was wondering when is the best time to plant them? Any info you may have would be great. Thanks in advance!<br />
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Steve<br /><br />A: Steve,<br />
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If you are starting indoors, under lights it does not matter when you start your Jatropha. We start ours through out the year. We use High Output Fluorescent lights with bottom-heat with good results. Jatropha seems to want 75-80 degrees soil temp. and to sprout under bright light. Nicking the seed coat or rubbing on course sand paper usually speeds up germination. We press the seed in to moist cactus and succulent soil and put a half inch layer of horticultural charcoal on top. It seems to inhibit algae and fungal problems.<br />
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Good luck,<br />
Hap<br /><br />

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Florida Succulents


Nancy George’s North Florida Gardening Guide recommends succulents for your North Florida garden. I wonder what constitutes North Florida? The top half of the state, or just the panhandle area? My parents moved to Sarasota which is in the middle of the Gulf Coast area, an hour south of Tampa. Looking at a map, one wonders….


Looking for plants with a contemporary element, unusual forms, vibrant colors, striking foliage and extraordinary flair while remaining low maintenance? Then look to succulents and cactus. Whether planted in large numbers or used as a single specimen these plants are both beautiful and enduring. The colors, shapes and textures are endless. There are so many varieties that can be either planted in the landscape or used in containers and a lot of these beauties are totally hardy to frost.

I would guess anything north of Tampa would be North FL, but then that would include Orlando.

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Indiana Cactus


Everybody loves them some cactus in winter when you can’t be out planting your garden and you want a little bit of sunshine in your kitchen window. Even in Indiana. The <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1778&amp;entry_id=1583" title="http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/jan/08/year-round-greenery/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/jan/08/year-round-greenery/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Evansville Courier &amp; Press</a> has a fresh article.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"><img width="260" hspace="5" height="260" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/home_20080107_indoorplants_banner.jpg" /> <br />Liven up winter with unexpected greenery – a cactus brings some sun to your décor.</span><br /></div><br />Nice. And I find that when you follow the primary election results coming out of Michigan that sometimes you find yourself laughing just a little at Mitt Romney. He’s a funny guy, that Mitt.<br /><br />

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Preparing for Spring


The <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1777&amp;entry_id=1582" title="http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=665&Itemid=2" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=665&Itemid=2′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Imperial Valley News</a> lets you know how to prepare for a lush Spring garden without resorting to watering.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">In these times of severe drought in many parts of the country, consumers are desperate for plants that will make their gardens shine, in spite of water restrictions. The secret is selecting plants that are naturally not thirsty.<br />
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Many of our own native plants, water-storing cactus and succulents for example, have evolved over time to tolerate dry conditions…. Prudent gardeners select companion plants with similar water needs.</span><br /></div><br />Now that’s true. I know a couple prudent gardeners, and they really do select prudent companion plants. But don’t quote me on that, because while they might be prudent and while the companion plants might be low water, everybody wants a little citrus too.<br /><br />

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Mercury


The latest flyby picture of Mercury.<br /><br /><img width="432" hspace="5" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/mercury.jpg" /><br /><br /><a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1779&amp;entry_id=1585" title="http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/pics/EW0108829708G.4release.jpg" onmouseover="window.status=’http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/pics/EW0108829708G.4release.jpg’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Supersized original photo here</a><br /><br />via <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1780&amp;entry_id=1585" title="http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/2008/01/15/messenger-at-mercury-hawesome/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/2008/01/15/messenger-at-mercury-hawesome/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Bad Astronomy Blog</a>.<br /><br />

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Deer Hunting on the Pecos


The Outdoors writer for the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1776&amp;entry_id=1581" title="http://caller.com/news/2008/jan/06/sikesoutdoors/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://caller.com/news/2008/jan/06/sikesoutdoors/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Corpus Christi Caller Times</a> writes about hunting in the Chihuahuan Desert.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Beneath the hovering raptors plunged a steep canyon that separated us from Mexico and from several scrawny goats huddled on a narrow ledge of reddish rock….<br />
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Conditions were not ideal…. something caught my eye about 100 yards into my walk.<br />
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It was the face of a doe peering at me from behind a prickly pear cluster… I stopped and slowly removed the rifle from my shoulder… Before I could level the muzzle of my rifle, I noticed the back end of another deer extending from the other side of the cactus. It was a motionless buck.<br />
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I could see it’s antlers between the cactus pads.</span><br /></div><br />That’s some literary hunting.<br /><br />

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Link of the Day


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1773&amp;entry_id=1579" title="http://jocelynsgarden.blogspot.com/2007/12/new-resource.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://jocelynsgarden.blogspot.com/2007/12/new-resource.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">The Art Garden</a>, by a Denver area landscaper, features a post about an interactive site that can tell you what <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1774&amp;entry_id=1579" title="http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/WebSoilSurvey.aspx" onmouseover="window.status=’http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/WebSoilSurvey.aspx’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">your area’s soils</a> are like. And there’s a nice picture of a Begonia rex, too.<br /><br />

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Neighborhood News


We here at the Cactus Blog believe it is part of our mission to provide far-flung readers with local news wherever it may occur. Today, the local news happens to be in <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1775&amp;entry_id=1580" title="http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/218999" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/218999′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Tucson</a>, but it could be in your hometown next, you know.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">City Council honors desert-plant lover</span><br />
Dick Wiedhopf was about 10 years old and riding a bike near his Los Angeles home when he came across a discarded prickly pear cactus pad near some garbage cans.<br />
He carefully picked it up, took it home and planted it. Wiedhopf, now 67, has been salvaging and planting desert plants ever since. </span><br /></div><br />Very nice human interest story. Practically brings a lump in your throat.<br /><br />

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Winter Blooms


<img width="324" hspace="5" height="432" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/cactus/aloe_thraskii_bloom.jpg" /><br /><br />Aloe thraskii<br /><br />

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Tucson's Favorite Dishes


It’s not a list of the best restaurants, for that would be <span class="sense_content"><span class="syn">repetitious, what with the hundreds of best-of year-end lists and all. Instead, with a little bit of creativity, the fine folks at the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dWNzb25jaXRpemVuLmNvbS9zcy90YXN0ZS83Mjg5OQ==&amp;entry_id=1577" title="http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/taste/72899" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/taste/72899′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Tucson Citizen</a> have delved deep within and discovered their 25 favorite dishes. This being Tucson, one could certainly expect to find some cactus in there.<br /><br /></span></span><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span class="sense_content"><span class="syn"><span style="font-style: italic;">Tequila Lime Salmon ($19) at Lodge on the Desert, 306 N. Alvernon Way. The tequila and lime made for a vibrantly juicy and even salty salmon, carefully teamed with a mango salsa and a <span style="font-weight: bold;">prickly pear cactus juice</span> reduction.</span></span></span><br /><span class="sense_content"><span class="syn"></span></span></div><span class="sense_content"><span class="syn"><br />Well, cactus juice counts, I suppose. One of my favorite dishes locally is at <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url=aHR0cDovL2NvY2luYXBvYmxhbmEuY29tL2VtZXJ5dmlsbGUvaW5kZXguaHRt&amp;entry_id=1577" title="http://cocinapoblana.com/emeryville/index.htm" onmouseover="window.status=’http://cocinapoblana.com/emeryville/index.htm’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Cocina Poblana</a>, just around the corner from us. <br />
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Huarache Tingado <br />
An overgenerous Huarache lined with refried black beans and grilled Penca de Nopal, with your choice of Beef or Chicken tinga Mexican and Cotija cheese.<br /><br /></span></span>

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Ohio Succulents


The <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1772&amp;entry_id=1575" title="http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/home_garden/12909036.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/home_garden/12909036.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Akron Beacon Journal</a> recommends succulents for Ohioans who garden.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Succulents do well in windowsills, but like many houseplants, may tend to ”reach out” toward life-giving light. Simply rotate the pots a half-turn every few days or so to ensure even growth.<br />
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”Another thing about growing them indoors is that they don’t need a lot of water,” (Debra Lee) Baldwin (author of Designing With Succulents) said.</span><br /></div><br />Here’s where I, your blogger, would add a witty comment, but really, if you’re gardening in Ohio in the winter then you need more help than my witty comments. Especially since they’re not so witty anyway. As you can tell by this one.<br /><br />

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We Get Questions


Q: Peter,<br />
Since you are experiencing a dearth of questons and have had to resort to asking and answering them yourself, I’ll help you out. <br />
What source do you suggest to keep up with all the latest reclassifications of cacti? Also, what is your very favorite cactus and why?<br />
Inquiring minds want to know.<br />
<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1766&amp;entry_id=1573" title="http://waterwhendry.blogspot.com" onmouseover="window.status=’http://waterwhendry.blogspot.com’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Aiyana</a><br /><br />A: Aiyana-<br />
Thanks for the questions! <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1767&amp;entry_id=1573" title="/archives/1569-Another-Not-Question.html" onmouseover="window.status=’/archives/1569-Another-Not-Question.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">I wrote my own questions</a> really just for the fun of it, to spice up the blog.<br />
But for your questions:<br />
1. We use &quot;The Cactus Family&quot; by Edward Anderson (2001), which we also used to sell but it is now out of print. For recent name changes, we just go with the flow, changing to current names when it suits us, and using older names too. Basically, we don’t always agree with new names and don’t try to keep on top of it in the short term (sometimes they change back!) but wait ’til it feels right to us. The Cactus and Succulent Society of America (CSSA) keeps up with changes <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1768&amp;entry_id=1573" title="http://www.cssainc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=3&Itemid=270" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.cssainc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=3&Itemid=270′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">in their journal</a>. <br />
2. My favorite cactus changes depending on the season. We have so many we grow from little seedlings to big guys and then someone comes in and buys it! It’s really about the challenge of growing them into specimens. But I do like the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1769&amp;entry_id=1573" title="http://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/operculicarya_decaryi.htm" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/operculicarya_decaryi.htm’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Operculicarya decaryi </a>(not a cactus) with its tiny shiny leaves and its great name (say it out loud), and the blooms on the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1770&amp;entry_id=1573" title="http://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/ortegocactus_macdougallii.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/ortegocactus_macdougallii.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Ortegocactus macdougallii</a>, although it is a pain to grow and must have limestone in its soil mix.<br />
-Peter<br /><br />

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New Neon Cactus T-Shirts


I added a couple new t-shirts to our <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1765&amp;entry_id=1572" title="http://www.cafepress.com/cactusjungle" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.cafepress.com/cactusjungle’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Cafe Press Store</a>. Now you can get our logo t-shirts, some of my fancy graphics t-shirts, a chalk dudleya mug, blooming rebutia tile, and these 2 new ones:<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img width="150" hspace="5" height="150" border="0" src="/blog/uploads/misc/blue_neon_cactus.jpg" /><img width="150" hspace="5" height="150" border="0" src="/blog/uploads/misc/red_neon.jpg" /> <br /></div><br />Our newest classic, the <span style="font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;">Neon Cactus Ringer T-Shirts</span> in red and blue<br /><br />

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Austin Art Car Update


The cactus art car must go, the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1764&amp;entry_id=1571" title="http://www.news8austin.com/content/your_news/default.asp?ArID=197977" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.news8austin.com/content/your_news/default.asp?ArID=197977′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">judge in Austin</a> orders.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">On Thursday, a San Marcos judge ordered a local novelty store to remove an old Oldsmobile now used as a cactus planter or face fines. The judge ruled the planter is a public nuisance.</span><br /></div><br />That’s ridiculous.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Planet K owner Michael Kleinman said he was stunned.</span><br /></div><br />

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Cactus and Succulent Instructional Video


I’m back with another in our series of instructional videos. This one is about the difference between cactus and succulents. Watch the video, and then take the test.<br /><br /><object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Jw64lvOucGY"></param><embed width="425" height="350" adblockframename="adblock-frame-n7" adblockframedobject2="true" adblockframedobject="true" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Jw64lvOucGY" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"/object><br /><br />Now you know.<br /><br />

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Another Not-Question


I liked yesterday’s <span style="font-style: italic;">We Don’t Get Questions</span> feature so much that I decided to run another one of my own questions to myself. Like yesterday, I have emailed myself a question, and then emailed myself a response, and then posted it here on the blog. Check the timestamps if you don’t believe me.<br /><br />Q: Cactusblog, <br />I found a small cactus in my backyard that I like, and I was wondering, can I pot it up and bring it inside?<br />Thanks,<br />Peter<br /><br />A: Peter,<br />Well, that depends. Do you want to keep the plant alive? If so, then you should pot it into a good well-draining cactus soil, taking care not to disturb the roots when doing this. And then put it in a sunny south or west-facing window. Keep the soil dry for the first few weeks. And then water every three weeks, allowing the pot to drain completely. <br /><br />But here’s the key to the whole endeavor: <span style="font-weight: bold;">Wait ’til Spring.</span> Don’t do it now. The cactus is dormant, and won’t like being transplanted, and in fact the whole plant will become rot-prone and could catch an infection and could even turn into a lovely little brown ball of mush.<br /><br />Hope that helps,<br />Cactusblog<br /><br />

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Cactus Money


The &quot;2008 American Numismatic Association National Money Show&quot; will be <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1763&amp;entry_id=1567" title="http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=3608" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=3608′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">in Phoenix this year</a> (in March if you want to know) and they’ve struck a coin with cactus clearly stamped into the design.<br /><br />picture after the break…<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/archives/1567-guid.html#extended">Continue reading "Cactus Money"</a>

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