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Hoodia


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Hoodia gordonii, now with more photo filters!

Namibia
Stems to 12″ tall, clumps of many spiny branches. Tan to Burgundy carrion flowers. Stems are eaten as an appetite suppressant by the San people of the Namib. Very low water.

Hardy to 25F if very dry in winter
Full Sun to Part Shade
Cactus Soil
Low Water

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We are Happy Plants


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We Are Happy Plants is a band that posts pictures of happy plants on their Facebook page. Like this photo of a car with cactus. Car…. Cactus…. What could go wrong?!?

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The Agave; It Broke Through!


The Frustrated Gardener shows you the heartbreak of the Agave bloom. It may not have actually broken the glass on its way out, but close enough!

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A specimen of Agave americana, moved from a nearby properly about 40 years ago, has formed an enormous 30ft tall flower spike which is now blossoming. This has necessitated the removal of a handful of glass panes to allow the enormous stalk through, so as not to damage the rest of the historic structure. The result is quite breathtaking and has been drawing crowds from near and far.

Drawing crowds! From all over the Isles I am sure.

Click through for more pictures and the whole story. It’s a good one!

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Butterfly Milkweed


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Asclepias tuberosa
Butterfly Milkweed
Native throughout the US
Herbaceous Perennial

Sun: Prefers Full Sun, Handles Light Shade
Water: Moderate, drought-tolerant
Size: 2 feet tall

Dies back in winter and re-sprouts from its underground tuber each spring. The brilliant orange or red flower clusters appear in midsummer followed by attractive green pods.

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Dragon's Toes Agave


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Agave pygmaea (Agave seemanniana subs. pygmaea)

Chiapas, Mexico

Small wide-leafed agave with red terminal spines. Grows on limestone outcroppings. 12″ rosettes.

Hardy to 25F

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Low Water

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San Juan Capistrano


Dorena sends along these photos of the cactus and succulents of the mission at San Juan Capistrano.

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Echinopsis cluster with some late blooms

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Giant Agave americana and a well-balanced Myrtillocactus behind.

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Giant white Echinopsis flower. Up close!

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Pachycereus line the street.

Nice!

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Quick Cactus Question!


Is there any way to grow cactus faster then what they usually grow?

Antonio

They will grow faster with more heat, more direct sunshine and more water. But if they grow too fast then they are not growing strong and they won’t live very long.

Hope that helps!
Peter

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Berkeley Corpse Flower Alert!


They don’t last long so go and get in line to view the Corpse Flower at the UC Botanic Garden!

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Trudy, the corpse flower at UC Botanical Gardens, is blooming.

The Sumatran plant, officially called Amorphophallus titanum or titan arum, started to open around 8 p.m. Saturday July 25…

Berkeley photographer Colleen Neff visited the garden Sunday morning and said the flower had revealed a beautiful purple skirt. Trudy should remain in bloom for a few more days.

Titan arum are are nicknamed corpse flowers because they emit a smell like a decaying object as they are blooming….

Pretty!

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A Euphorbia Grows in Kansas City


Hello!

I live in kansas city and was gifted this beauty for mothers day.. I want to take the best care possible of this gorgeous cactus! Our home has tons of natural light and we were told by the nursery we purchased it from that the spot we have it in is a good one even though it doesn’t received direct sun. I’m terrified of under/over watering. With a plant this size, how often should I be watering , and when I do, how much should I give? Do I fertilize? It’s about 8 ft tall. Thank you for your expertise.. Love your blog!

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Gina

Gina,

That’s quite large! In general I would recommend some direcgt sun, though these Euphorbias can sometimes handle a bright room with no direct light, but it’s tricky.

Basically, with lower light levels you want to water less. A lot less. I would try starting with watering every 2 months – try to soak the soil as much as possible without the plant sitting in water. I would fertilize just a little bit once per year in the spring. You want to slow down its growth so it doesn’t grow more than 2 or 3 inches in a year.

However it would be best if you can move it to where it gets some directct sun and then you can water more often.

Peter

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Maryland Cactus and Succulents


John from Maryland sends along a photo of his blooming Stapelia and a very nice Echinopsis hybrid.

Hello,
I just wanted to say hi, and share a couple of photos of my plants with you. I came across your site a while ago and check your blog often. I live in Salisbury Maryland…all the way across the country.

I have a lot of cactuses and succulents. We cannot grow many of them in the ground here (except some prickly pears) so I have to bring them in and out each summer.

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Anyway, attached are 2 photos – the first is my favorite cactus. I cannot help but laugh at its beautiful shape. The second is a Stapelia gigantea. It had one flower so far this year. The flower was about 15 inches across and very stinky.

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I love your blog. Next time I’m out that way, I’ll come into your shop.

John Mosher

Nice!

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