Prickly Situation

Took a moment out of the day to plant a few cacti and succulents in a large pot that needed attention…it was empty :/…so I figured an interesting cactus garden would be nice.

Various cacti & succulents include  Blue Chalk Sticks (Senecio mandralisae) Jade (Crassula argentea), Old Lady Cactus (Mammillaria hahniana), Rainbow Elephant Bush (Portulacaria afra variegata), Bristle Bush Cactus (Mammillaria pilcayensis), Andromischus, Undulatus (Andromishus undulatus), Eves Needle (Opuntia sabulata), and Echeveria Ruffles. I know that sounds a tad confusing…perhaps I’ll post them individually with their respective names when time permits.

Although these are slow growing, I know the time is coming when a few may have to be moved out to avoid crowding.

All cactus plants are succulents, however, not all succulents are cacti. There are many, many separate groups of plants that include varieties which are succulents (meaning the ability to hold water), the cactus being but one of the tribe. Among the succulents are some of the most highly varied and remarkably well adapted plants in the world–able to exist on high mountains, in deserts, and on the seashore, and in tropical jungles—very adaptable

I’m sure you readily can identify the well known jade plant on the right. The jade plant (Crassula argentea) has a tree-like shape that branches and grows beautifully. They can grow 3 feet or taller as potted plants

Oh that one on the right!—Had to put on my “big girl” garden gloves for sure to handle that one.

My “big girl” garden gloves as I prepare to plant the Old Lady Cactus. It’s quite painful to get one of those thorns in your skin, especially the hair-like ones that you really can’t see after they imbed in you. I know, I’ve had to dig a few out in the past.  Ouch!

It’s not always easy to be certain which of the thorny and prickly plants are true cactus, so it’s safe to refer to all plants in the group with the general term ‘succulents. The Echeveria Ruffles looks very well like something from the vegetable garden doesn’t it?

My living room window faces due west, so they soak up the sun all day

This prickly one sits in my dining room window. It propagates itself by dropping it’s top most ‘heads.’ I was wondering why I would see little bits of it laying on the floor. So I just pick them up and plop them in a another planter, and they multiply from there

We’ve had this one since 2003. It was just a little thing back then. My boys picked it out as they did most of the cacti that year. They say that cactus plants are “boy” plants, because they’re not frilly looking. By the way, you can see some of those little pieces that had fallen off of the cactus in the previous photo…this is one of the planters I’ve plopped those little ‘heads’ in, and they’re spreading

Another since 2003

This Aloe is Aloe arborescens, and is well known and cultivated for its statuesque lines. In it’s native habitat, it grows to a height of 15 feet, and has red flowers at the end of winter. I’ve had it for many years and it has never flowered..well, not as of yet, but I’m hopeful. It has however, grown quite tall as you can see in the next photo

Reaching for the ceiling

Small Cacti pot

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