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Comment by Freddy J. Hill on August 15, 2012 at 1:41am

My first attempt at a real bonsai plant; operculicary decaryi.

Shown is the basic plant, owned for about 8 years, and my first application of the wire training structure.  I have'nt come of with the final design, this gives me a way to slowly mold it into a shape and lines that please me.  This specimen seems custom made for sweeping swirls.

Comment by Sarah Jane Curry on August 14, 2012 at 10:48am

LOL @ Nancy's comment... I thought one of my boys knocked it off!! Glad to know they can sometimes just sit there... and then fall off. I'll just keep watching it. There are several more blooming buds, It's one of the funnier cacti I have, not so many spikes on those plants... 

Grant, I would love to try from seed... when you do plant cacti and succulents from seed what kind of mixture do you use? I have some cacti soil I mixed up but when you have a cutting of say a jade or other succulent, is it best to let it dry out for one day then stick it in a sandy cactus soil or should you just use straight perelite?  I've got a cactus book, and use the internet regularly but it's always nice to hear what real gardeners do to start plants. I thought about using a rooting agent.. but thought it might not work for cacti and succulents. 

Comment by Nancy Mumpton - Phoenix AZ (Z 9) on August 14, 2012 at 9:30am

For me, sometimes the Echinopsis buds sit and then fall off. I hate that!

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on August 13, 2012 at 3:48pm

Those Echinopsis have a mind of their own, sometimes as soon as I noticed a furry bud it blooms a couple of days later, and other times they sit there not doing anything for weeks, it just depends I guess.  We're looking forward to pics of yours too.

Glad folks liked the Stapelia pic.  I've accidentally built up quite a collection of them (from, garage sales, plant trades, and local nurseries).  They're easy to keep happy as long as they get sun/heat and not too much water.  If I get seeds this autumn I'll post here in case anyone wants any.  Take care and happy gardening.  We'd love to see pics of your plants and containers Joanne! 

Comment by mo puff on August 13, 2012 at 2:52pm

Grant , I am sooOOo jealous of that burgundy stinker... I LOVE that one. I hope i see some different ones at next years plant sale at the Ag center here. Until then I will just POUT!!! LOUDLY!!!

Comment by Joanne Keikes on August 13, 2012 at 11:46am

Just getting into cactus gardening.  Never thought about it much and never knew there were so many beautiful varities.  Having so much fun creating arrangements in pots and dish gardens for my screened in patio that I decided to try my luck at an outside cactus garden.  Love all the pictures you have posted. Thanks for the many great ideas. I hopefully can add some pictures when I get them. 


Comment by Sarah Jane Curry on August 13, 2012 at 11:22am

Thanks so much for the information. in general, how long does it usually take to see a flower shoot from the fuzzy pod? I'm too antsy.. lol  Thanks for the pictures too Mary!! I absolutely love cacti because of their interesting flowers! Thanks for sharing your 'stinky' flowers Grant!! I had no idea those smelled that way or the reasoning behind it.. Thank you so much for sharing!!

Comment by Nancy Mumpton - Phoenix AZ (Z 9) on August 12, 2012 at 1:30pm

Personally, I would not put the Haworthias in that terrarium-like atmosphere. They like it dry and will be much more prone to rotting if you are not really careful.

Comment by Barb Z-7b Okla on August 11, 2012 at 10:32pm

I thought it was two different ones!! Good.. I am fine..

Great on the blooms Mary!! U are in for a treat with so many coming up!! Neat Grant on your flowers!! IT is amazing the flower styles these put out!!

Great pics from everyone!! Enjoy the blooms, take pics and share them here so the rest of us can ooo and aaa over them too!! lol..

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on August 11, 2012 at 8:43pm

Hi all, fun updates!  Sarah, your cactus sure looks like an Echinopsis to me too.  There are several fun species so it's hard to say until it blooms, but I'd definitely go with Echinopsis.  Beautiful blooms on your Echinopsis, Mary, I love it!  Looks like you've got several on the way too.  Barb, it DOES look like you've got different types of Haworthias, but they're all super neat! I'd guess H. attenuata and H. zebrina, but there are lots of species, hybrids, and just variations too.  Yours are great!

Speaking of neat, here's a Stapelia grandiflora blooming in the garden right now.  The blooms are the color, furriness, and scent of roadkill to attract pollinating ants and flies since they evolved in areas without pollinating bees.  The smell really is nasty today, LOL, I love them.  Take care all and happy gardening!


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