Category Archives: Cactus

Single Digit Temps Did Severe Damage to My Aloes

Aloes produce many pups during a good growing season.  Last summer I re-potted dozens of pups into larger clay pots.  I like to put pea gravel on top of the sandy potting soil. I had about two dozen good sized baby aloes that I planted in clay pots ranging from 6" to 10".  I put them in the greenhouse before the first frost, back in October.  We had a second polar blast a week ago.  The first blast gave us 20 degree nights.  My aloes made it thru the nights with just a coal oil lamp burning Read more [...]

The Cactus Shelf

Finally got the greenhouse just about all set up, 2 years after we moved!  This is a shot of my cactus shelf.

cactus shelf

Some are started from seed and some are propagated by cuttings from larger cactus.  Love those little cactus.  This is the baby cactus shelf, the larger cactus are sitting around the green house.

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Cactus Flowers

I love little cactus - I grow them from seeds and from cuttings. This ugly old cactus is one that I use for cuttings and propagation - it has over-grown into an ugly shape.  When I get my greenhouse moved over to our new home, I plan to cut this one up and start a number of other cactus out of it.  I don't remember it ever flowering.  I was shocked to see 3 jumbo buds slowly growing on this ugly old thing.  I was shocked - and excited. I am just totally shocked that this old, over-grown cactus Read more [...]

Cactus On The Porch – Waiting For The Greenhouse

My baby cactus patiently waiting on the porch for the arrival of the greenhouse. Many of the little cactus were started from seed.  It ain't easy, but some of the seeds do survive and grow.  Most of the tiny cactus are started from cuttings and pieces of larger cactus.  These guys can't take all day full sun.  Where they are now, they get late afternoon soon.  They seem to be OK with that. Read more [...]

First Year Fig Recovered from Apparent Death

I got careless and neglected to water these first year figs for a day in the hot summer heat.  The leaves dried up to a crunchy green dead leaf.  I figured the little thing was dead.  After a few days of rain, I noticed tiny regrowth of leaves sprouting on the branches. The fig tree on the left, the one with the lighter green leaves, is the re-sprouted tree.  I am so happy this little tree came back.  Now, until I greenhouse moved over here - I miss it so much!!! - I am trying to figure out Read more [...]

Cactus – I Like Them

Some of my cactus - lined up against the house - waiting for the greenhouse to be moved over - the tiniest of the cactus - especially the ones in the foil pan - were grown from seed - it is much easier to grow cactus from sections that break off of larger cactus: Some of my medium sized cactus - the cactus with the long fingers requires quite a bit of water - also, those fuzzy bumps on the cactus are flower buds: The cactus are now sitting on the septic tank cover: A closeup of the yellow Read more [...]

Cactus Flowers

This cactus that I keep in the greenhouse shot up 2 flowers the day after I gave all of my cactus a good watering.  I almost missed them - I didn't have a chance to go out to the greenhouse until that afternoon.  The flowers were in full bloom with a multitude of yellow dots in the middle.  By the time I got around to getting my camera and taking this pic, they were already closing.  I put the plant outside to maybe a bee could get to the flowers. I do grow cactus from seeds, but it is so Read more [...]