Anonymous asked: Can u show us how u transplant ur cactus


Step 1: Choose your plant to repot. This time Mammillaria polythele.

Step 2: Remove it from the old pot. A strip of newspaper is useful to help prevent being spiked. If the plant is in a different soil mix to what you’re going to be transplanting it into, then you should remove as much of the old soil as possible. Otherwise it is difficult for water to cross the interface between the two different soil mixes. (Note the discolouration at the base is due to that part being below the soil level previously)

Step 3: Select a pot which comfortably accommodates the plant’s roots with a bit of room for growth too. Then pot the plant up as you would normally, filling in soil around the roots.

Try to avoid burying any of the stem as this causes the discolouration you see on that plant, and it can increase the chance of your plant rotting. If you want to hide any old discolouration then you can add a top dressing of course grit or decorative gravel. :)

Happy growing!

It’s that time of the year to start repotting seedlings. I’m trying these out in hanging pots to save on bench space for now. These were the most crowded, so they got to go first.

Eriosyce villosa (Sarco, Chile) and Eriosyce chilensis v. albidiflora (Pichidangui, Chile).

Following on the theme of before and afters, some of you may remember my Massonia pustulata flowering way back in December. Now they’ve become fruit. :) Hopefully there will be a good crop of seeds to share around too. Also it’s cool to note how much the leaves have grown.

Massonia pustulata. Flowering on the 5th of December and fruit as of the 10th of April! :)

Before and after. I do like comparing pictures of plants before and after. It lets you appreciate just how much water they can take up in such little time! :)

Echinocereus coccineus. First picture from the 29th of March, the second from the 10th of April.

The day of the first watering (9 days ago) and now! What a difference a single watering can make. Quite a lot of fattening and growth on this Eriosyce subgibbosa ssp. clavata. Also in the background of each picture you can see Eriosyce subgibbosa ssp. subgibbosa has taken up a lot of water too. :) Also some free advertising for Croston Cactus. ;)

Today I sowed 50 packets of assorted Tephrocactus, Maihueniopsis and similar stuff. I’m not expecting great germination from them, since they do have a reputation for being reluctant to germinate. If I get anything showing up, I’ll be happy. :)

A nice little Ladybird warming up in the sun, on a Ferobergia spine, before flying off.

My University has a small site with a few greenhouses on it which are quite cool, although sadly underused. It suffers from a lack of funding and therefore a lack of maintenance. Here are some lovely plants from the Arid house!

What I think is a huge Aloe marlothii, Dioscorea elephantipes, Cereus peruvianus monstrosus and Crassula tecta. :)

More seeds!

I got a lot of cool seeds in today from South Africa. All really cool African bulb plants! I got them from Bulbophile on eBay, which you might want to check out if you’re interested in African bulb plants. (eg: Romulea, Babiana, Lachenalia, Ixia, Sparaxis etc.) However, they’re Winter growing species and it’s only getting warmer at the moment, so I’m going to have to wait until Autumn to sow them. One exception is a few Gethyllis, which needed to be sown right away. Gethyllis seeds (as with other Amaryllids) don’t have any innate dormancy and they can’t be stored (called recalcitrant seeds). Hopefully they’ll germinate just fine since it’s still fairly cool here and will probably remain quite cool for a while. :) Also sowed some Drosophyllum lusitanicum, a drought-tolerant carnivorous plant, to help control insects in my greenhouse. I’ll post with their progress, assuming that they do germinate. :)

Water at last! It’s finally warm and sunny enough to start watering, so most of my cacti in the greenhouse got a good soaking today, after being totally dry for about 5 months. :) I love the way that drops of water sit on the spines, like jewels. Here’s a selection of some wet cacti.

Eriosyce (Pyrrhocactus) bulbocalyx, an unidentified Eriosyce (Horridocactus), Turbinicarpus schmiedickeanus ssp. klinkerianus, Turbinicarpus schmiedickeanus ssp. schmiedickeanus and Thelocactus garciae.

Out with the old and in with the new.

Lithops lesliei ssp. lesliei absorbing it’s old pair of leaves and pushing out a new pair. :) 

A bunch of other pictures of the collection today. I’m currently in the process of moving everything to better places and generally trying to make it more organised.

The first picture is the left side from the door, which is so far just African bulbs and some randoms. The second picture is the top of the tall shelves (high light and high heat) with Opuntiads, Turbinicarpus and some randoms. I might just use the top for Opuntiads. The third picture shows some of my mature Eriosyce and a bunch of randoms. The right-most piece of staging might be reserved for big plants, but I’m not sure. I’ve still got a lot of moving around of plants to do (which means being spiked a lot!). I’ll sort them out soon enough. :)


Dan, 19, Male, Manchester, England, Plant Science Student

- What is it that you collect?
Drought tolerant plants, aka xerophytic plants. Mostly cacti, but also various other succulents and African bulb plants. I have a few thousand plants spread between several windowsills indoors and my greenhouse.

- Why is it that you started this collection?
I didn’t really make a conscious decision to start collecting, it just sort of crept up on me and developed over time. I started off growing tropical fruit from seed, and then via a fruit called Dragonfruit (Hylocereus undatus), I got started with cacti. From cacti, I then began to expand out into growing other drought tolerant plants.

- What motivates you to continue building this collection? Or, do you consider it complete?
My collection will never be complete, as there will always be another plant which I want. My motivation is that there are more cool plants out there which I’d like to own! :) If I see a picture of a cool succulent on the internet, then I’ll add it to my wishlist. Another aspect of it is that I’m helping to conserve some critically endangered plant species ex situ.

- If you had to part with your collection, would you sell it? Give it to someone you know? Throw it away?
I might try to sell some of my bigger and rarer plants, but it depends on how much time I’d have in order to get rid of everything. If I want them to go quickly, I would probably give them away to other collectors. I’d want to know they were going to a good home.

- Do you collect anything else? If so, what?
I have a small collection of glassware, like laboratory glassware. I’d like to get more antique glass bottles and things too, but my plants take up enough time and money at the moment as it is!

So I contributed to a very cool project about collections by Psycollective. You should check them out, and if anyone has a collection (I’m sure plenty of my followers collect plants, or perhaps other cool things), then you might want to contribute too! :)

This is a picture from today representing a small part of my collection, mainly Eriosyce and other random cacti. Also there’s a bit of info about my collection there, which might be interesting.

(Reblogged from psycollective)

That one problem plant. This little Micropuntia barkleyana has pretty much just sat and done nothing since I got it last year. I decided to strip all of the root system (which was mostly dead) back to the main tap root to see if I can jolt it into growing some new roots. I hope it perks up.

theperksofbeinganotaku asked: Do you have any idea on how I could get my Echinocereus morricalii to flower? I read basically to leave it by a cold window and ignore it. But I figured/hoped you'd know! There was also another one back at the store. If I got them both to flower could I produce more?

Umm… Cold, dry winters will be helpful, and so will lots of sun, warmth and regular water in summer. This species is propagated by cuttings the easiest, since they form offsets really easily. They offset from the base too, so you don’t necessarily have to root any cuttings separately. Happy growing! :)