Anonymous said: How do you pollinate your cacti? How can you repot them when they have so many spikes(don't know the official word for them lol)? I'm sort of a beginner at cacti and succulents so sorry if I have a lot of questions
If I decide to hand pollinate my plants, I either use a paintbrush to transfer the pollen from one plant to the stigma of another, or I might try and do the same with the tip of my little finger. I leave my greenhouse open to pollinators, so Bees, wasps, moths and butterflies also play their part in pollinating my plants for me (which has given me an unreasonable amount of assorted hybrid seed this year).
Here’s a link to my crash course in repotting cacti: http://cactusmandan.tumblr.com/post/82904653391/can-u-show-us-how-u-transplant-ur-cactus
Using newspaper is good for plants you can’t handle by hand, and I double-up ‘stab-proof’ nitrile gloves if I’m repotting a lot of Opuntiads, to protect against glochids. Otherwise I just tend to use my hands. You get used to be spiked after a while. :P