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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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Minnesota Cactus


They Get Questions about what to do with christmas cactus after the holidays are over and your plant is showing wear and tear. After all, you bought it at a big box store, now, didn’t you? Well, now that you’ve &quot;rescued&quot; the plant from one of <span style="font-style: italic;">those</span> stores, it’s time to give it the care it needs.<br /><br />This is from the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1761&amp;entry_id=1566" title="http://www.dglobe.com/articles/index.cfm?id=187813&page=in-forum_article&section=Farm" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.dglobe.com/articles/index.cfm?id=187813&page=in-forum_article&section=Farm’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Worthington (MN) Daily Globe</a>.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Q: I was reading your Web site about the care of Christmas cactus plants, but haven’t found exactly what I need to know. I was trying to find out why my plant, which I have had for several years, is looking droopy, and the leaves are turning purple at the tip instead of the normal green. The weird thing is that the top of the soil in the pot is covered with algae. (e-mail reference)<br />
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A: I can’t tell you why the plant is changing color and the leaves are droopy. I can tell you that the plant probably will respond well to repotting in fresh soil. This often brings about favorable changes. Your soil may be too acidic, as indicated by the algae growth, and could be causing the discoloration. As the soil becomes more acidic, the balance of what is available to the plant shifts from being deficient in some cases to being toxic in others.<br />
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Q: Rabbits are digging their way under my house and nesting. </span><br /></div><br />An intriguing next question, no?<br /><br /><br />

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We Don't Get Questions


Today’s question comes from me. You didn’t send it in, and neither did that other person reading this small corner of the blogosphere. So I emailed it to myself and then I replied to myself and then I posted it right here.<br /><br />Q: Can you identify this plant for me? It’s mostly green, with spines on all sides. It’s about 4&quot; across, but taller.<br /><br />Thank you,<br />Peter<br /><br />A: It’s a <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1760&amp;entry_id=1565" title="http://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/euphorbia_trigona.htm" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/euphorbia_trigona.htm’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Euphorbia trigona.</a> As it grows, it can get up to 6&quot; around, and will eventually be a 20′ tall tree if planted in the ground, which we don’t recommend here in the Bay Area. <br /><br />If you do plant it in the ground in this area, you will need to protect the growing tips when it gets close to freezing. We recommend a styrofoam cup on the top of each branch. <br /><br />A frost blanket will work too, but we recently created a tent out of one around a tall cactus in a pot, and then the 65mph winds came blowing through the area last week and the tent became more of a sail than a tent and the plant blew over. Luckily, we know enough to stay away from the nursery until wind storms are over, what with the spiny cactus and all.<br /><br />Hope that helps,<br />Peter<br /><br />

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Funny Plant Names


For no particular reason that I can think of.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Euphorbia pubiglans</span><br /></div><br /><a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1759&amp;entry_id=1564" title="http://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/euphorbia_pubiglans.htm" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/euphorbia_pubiglans.htm’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Plant page with image is here.</a> Anyone think of a reason for the name?<br /><br />

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Link of the Day


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url=aHR0cDovL3R1cmJpZHdhdGVyLmJsb2dzcG90LmNvbS8yMDA4LzAxL3BpY3RvcmlhbC1ndWlkZS10by1kZXNlcnQtdmFjdGlvbi1mb3IuaHRtbA==&amp;entry_id=1563" title="http://turbidwater.blogspot.com/2008/01/pictorial-guide-to-desert-vaction-for.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://turbidwater.blogspot.com/2008/01/pictorial-guide-to-desert-vaction-for.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;"><br />
Turbid Water</a> from Denver took a winter vacation into the desert and has come back with a whole lot of photos of cactus. There’s also a lot of personal pictures mixed in there, so you can pretend you’re not looking at a stranger’s family and skip over those and get to the cactus photos.<br /><br /><br />

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Michigan Mesembs


They like them some <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1758&amp;entry_id=1562" title="http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080108/FEATURES04/801080362" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080108/FEATURES04/801080362′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">mesembs in Detroit</a> these days, and who could argue?<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">One place to see lithops (LITH-ops) growing is at the newly renovated Matthaei Botanical Gardens conservatory in Ann Arbor.<br />
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Lithops come in various sizes, markings and colors, like mottled pink, brown and gray. Flat-topped and stout, they look like cute fireplugs or, possibly, distant relatives of SpongeBob SquarePants.<br />
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Lithops are so unusual that many Matthaei visitors have never seen them before, said Paul Girard, natural areas collection specialist.</span><br /></div><br />They’re like little brains, those split rocks, also known as living stones. And the mice think they’re delicious too. Personally, I like the green ones, but the red ones are good too. And then there are the grey ones, and the yellow ones and all the rest. I guess a trip to Ann Arbor should be added to the schedule. It’s been about 10 years since I’ve been back there. (15 is more likely). Ah, those carefree days.<br /><br />

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Bird Watching Among the Cactus


It’s very cold in <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1757&amp;entry_id=1561" title="http://www.mywesttexas.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19161094&BRD=2288&PAG=461&dept_id=475590&rfi=6" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.mywesttexas.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19161094&BRD=2288&PAG=461&dept_id=475590&rfi=6′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">West Texas in winter</a>, and yet still, the birders are out doing their bird watching thing.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Next up are the cactus wrens in family groups. Every cactus wren has several football-shaped nests of wads of grass in the thicker shrubbery of lote and catclaw, not mesquite. They spend the night alone inside their own nest but tag along together during the morning’s inspection tour. Mockingbirds also greet the sun. They prefer to spend the night near their favorite tasajillo clump under a mesquite, the one with the ripest red berries….<br />
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Every winter my parents traveled West Texas, doing up to twelve Audubon Christmas Bird Counts. They would often awaken at 3 or 4 a.m. to drive a hundred miles or more, then count birds from &quot;can to can’t&quot; and then join other birders to tally up. I always rode with them as a kid.</span><br /></div><br />A pleasant day spent among the birds. Now personally, I’d rather be inside sipping hot cocoa.<br /><br />

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We Get Questions


It’s about watering your indoor succulents in winter, with pictures!<br /><br />Q: hi!<br />
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would you mind reminding me whether i should stop watering the two succulents in the attached photo for the winter — and, if so, for how long?<br />
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also, same question for the two aloes in the other attached photo.<br />
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thanks so much for your help!<br />
mats h<br /><br /><img width="432" hspace="5" height="324" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/aloe-lo.jpg" /><br /><br />A: Hello Mats,<br />
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The two Aloes would like regular winter water, the Pachypodium saundersii should be watered less, 4 to 6 weeks between water during the winter should be fine.<br />
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Hap<br /><br /><img width="324" hspace="5" height="432" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/succulents-lo.jpg" /><br /><br />

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Link of the Day


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1755&amp;entry_id=1559" title="http://kipili.com/?p=274" onmouseover="window.status=’http://kipili.com/?p=274′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Kipili</a> went to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney and got a great photo of a Dyckia fosteriana in bloom.<br /><br /><img width="161" hspace="5" height="240" border="0" src="/blog/uploads/misc/1584501369_13c119c44f_m.jpg" /><br /><br /><a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1756&amp;entry_id=1559" title="http://www.flickr.com/photos/petrichor/1584501369/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.flickr.com/photos/petrichor/1584501369/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Full size photo on flickr.</a><br /><br />

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Link of the Day


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1754&amp;entry_id=1558" title="http://mexfiles.wordpress.com/2008/01/06/cactus-bandits-v-mexican-villagers/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://mexfiles.wordpress.com/2008/01/06/cactus-bandits-v-mexican-villagers/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">The Mex Files</a> translates an article about Foreign Cactus Bandits, in Mexico!<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"> Residents of the several municipalities in the area interviewed by El UNIVERSAL all complained of the complacency of the Federal Prosescutor for Environmental Protection, when it came to foreigners stealing cacti.<br />
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”They [the foreigners] come and take plants with no authority from anyone. I don’t know if the Federal Prosecutor isn’t interested, or just ignorant,” Dionisio Santos, of Jaumve said.</span><br /></div><br /><br />

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Austin Gardeners go Green for 2008


It turns out that cactus and succulents are the latest &quot;green&quot; plants, what with all the low-water requirements and all. In Austin, they take their &quot;green&quot; gardens seriously. <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1753&amp;entry_id=1557" title="http://www.statesman.com/life/content/life/stories/gardening/12/29/1229garden.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.statesman.com/life/content/life/stories/gardening/12/29/1229garden.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">At least, for 2008 they will…</a><br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">In 2008, Bering has an ambitious project at his home — a rock wall that houses cacti and succulents — that sounds like it should be called the Hanging Gardens of Beringdom.<br />
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Conrad also promises to encourage us to plant more tried and true natives in the coming year. </span><br /></div><br />Good for them.<br /><br />

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Pittsburgh Succulents


They do a lot of indoor gardening in Pittsburgh during the winter, what with the winter weather and all. I sometimes wonder how all those nurseries survive the winter. I suppose they’re closed. I know I would close for January if I could. Anyway, back to Pittsburgh, and the article about succulents being good for indoor gardening, in the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1752&amp;entry_id=1556" title="http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/leadertimes/s_544892.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/leadertimes/s_544892.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Leader Times</a>.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Succulent plants… make great houseplants and many are easy to grow. What better time when the garden is at rest then to try growing succulents indoors….<br />
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A plant favored by many is the jade plant….<br />
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Another good choice… is the crassula perforata…<br />
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One more succulent… is the kalanchoe often seen blooming in the stores near Valentine’s Day.</span><br /></div><br />I checked, and it’s 20 below there in Pittsburgh right now. I hope the windows aren’t open. There’s more plants in Pittsburgh after the break, if care to join me…<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/archives/1556-guid.html#extended">Continue reading "Pittsburgh Succulents"</a>

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Winter


We’re back from our winter travels to Idaho and through the Donner Pass in a snowstorm. We got stuck waiting for the 17 car pileup to be cleared, but contrary to what others have implied, we were not part of it.<br /><br /><br />

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Ohio Cactus


They’ve recently discovered that succulents are pretty in Ohio. Who knew? This brilliant discovery comes <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1748&amp;entry_id=1551" title="http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/home_garden/12909051.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/home_garden/12909051.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">courtesy of Ohio.com</a>.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Tired of blossoms in your flower garden that dazzle and sizzle but are quick to fade? Maybe it’s time for some dependable succulents — the enduring plants that last through the good times but also, especially, the bad.</span><br /></div><br />I hear that it’s cold there right now. I’m cold just thinking about it. Brrrrr. Of course, I used to live in Michigan. And then there was that time I lived in Alaska too. So I should talk. But now I’m California all the way, baby. And it’s freezing here in Berkeley. Brrrrr…….<br /><br />

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Sacramento Cactus


Winter in Sacramento is a little bit colder than here in the Berkeley. What do they do about it? Why, let’s let the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1747&amp;entry_id=1550" title="http://www.sacbee.com/107/story/592474.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.sacbee.com/107/story/592474.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Sacramento Bee</a> give us advice.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">The Sacramento County master gardeners recommend moving cacti, succulents and other frost-tender plants to a sheltered location to keep them from freezing. Against the house, under the overhang, on a patio, or against a fence or wall can provide just enough shelter and warmth to keep the plants from being killed during a freeze.</span><br /></div><br />What about Modesto? Is that advice also good for Modesto? We’ll never know for sure.<br /><br />

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Sand in your Soil


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Minnesota Cactus


Things to do in <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1746&amp;entry_id=1549" title="http://www.shakopeenews.com/node/4491" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.shakopeenews.com/node/4491′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Shakopee Valley</a> in the winter.<br /><br />1. Visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">“Desert Exploration,” a free weekend family activity, is offered from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in January in the Marion Andrus Learning Center. Depart winter for a desert adventure in the greenhouse and discover the amazing adaptations of desert plants. Zoom in with Scope-on-a Rope and see the spikes, spines, and inside of a cactus up close, invent your own survival adaptation while you <span style="font-weight: bold;">munch on an edible cactus</span> and pot up your own succulent to keep on your windowsill all winter long.</span><br /></div><br />I’m cold just thinking about it.<br /><br />

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Finding Cactus Link of the Day


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1743&amp;entry_id=1546" title="http://happiegrrrlclimbing.blogspot.com/2007/12/south-side-of-joshua-tree.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://happiegrrrlclimbing.blogspot.com/2007/12/south-side-of-joshua-tree.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;"> Happiegrrrl Climbing</a> wanders into new parts of Joshua Tree National Park and stumbles upon a Cholla forest. I hope she didn’t actually stumble.<br /><br />Nice photos of national park protected cholla, plus barrel cacti and ocotillo too.<br /><br />

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