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Dr. F.

So Cal
Topic Author's Original Post - May 17, 2009 - 02:27pm PT
We all love cactus and succulents, some just like to check them out in habitat
others grow a few, some grow alot

Then there are others that take it on as climbing, another fanatical pursuit that envelopes their whole lives (as least a major part)

Thats me and a bunch of other folks, we belong to clubs, show our plants at Cacti and Succulent shows, and accumulate 100s to 1000s of different plants

WE grow them in the open, but mostly under shade cloth or in green houses

We buy new plants at nurseries, shows and over the internet.

Field collecting plants is frowned upon, since our goal is the preservation of the plants in habitat, and they should be protected

Please enjoy and post up your plants

Or if you need ID, growing tips or want to get more into the hobby, please post up (reduce file size for easy uploading)

I have 1000s of photos, heres a couple already loaded

Ariocarpus plants flowering

Copiapoa hypogeae 'Lizard Skin'

Copiapoa monstrose 1

Copiapoa monstrose 1

Haworthia truncata

Haworthia bayeri
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
May 17, 2009 - 02:43pm PT
How about those kids on Ebay smoking (ok... making tea) out of the San Pedros? You see the prices they are getting for a "cutting" of a midsection of these rigs?

Sometimes better than a buck an inch!

Dr. F.

So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - May 17, 2009 - 02:49pm PT
I'm lucky to have a wife that loves it as much as me,
We have about 3000 variates, some are very small, others look dead for half the year. For me, its a big science project, and keeping track of the names, origin, and cultivating needs are a pleasure

We grow and sell the rare and small types, along with rocks and gravel for the plants, which we don't grow, but collect
Heres a couple more from the other thread

Ariocarpus retusus, the favorite cactus of collectors

Turbinicarpus psuedopectinatus

Dinterantus pole-evansii

Lithops bella

Flowering stones, Pleiospilos nelii, the purple one are called "Royal Flush"
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
May 17, 2009 - 02:52pm PT
Trichocereus Grandiflorus

Mammillaria Compressa

Ferocactus Latispinus,
or Echinocactus Texensis

Opuntia Phaeacantha

Ferocactus Gracilis?

Echinopsis Hammerschmidii

Mammillaria Zeilmanniana?

From the other thread:

Echinopsis Hamatacantha

Astrophytum Ornatum

Echinopsis Hammerschmidii
Dr. F.

So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - May 17, 2009 - 03:30pm PT
Very nice Russ, you should try to post the names with them

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
May 17, 2009 - 03:34pm PT
I have never seen lithops flowering, too cool!

Social climber
Flatland, Ca
May 17, 2009 - 04:44pm PT
Loving it!!!

I can stare at a good cactus for hours.

May 17, 2009 - 05:05pm PT
lithops are for pebble pinchers! love em. one actually came between me and an SO.

face down on the massage table there is still a view thru the face cradle. i have used a faceted crystal vase with a pincushion cactus surrounded by beads in the bottom. has a kaliedascopic, mandala like effect if perfectly placed and is an upgrade from looking at my toes

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
May 17, 2009 - 06:18pm PT
Does the DEA know you're growing some of those?
Those are so cool! I'm thinking many are from S. America?
The little 'rocks' are my favorite.

Took this last evening on Mt Wilson Trail. I call it an agave which I think is a succulent but I welcome enlightenment.

Dr. F.

So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - May 17, 2009 - 06:31pm PT
We only grow legal plants

But most importantly, would never recommend eating anything we grow, since we use harsh chemicals and pesticides

We don't grow organic herbs here, the plants are for the pleasure to grow only, and some species that are of interest to abusers,
take 10s of years to grow into a nice specimen, and eating it would be the last thing ever done, even it starts to die, it would be thrown away rather than eaten.

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
May 17, 2009 - 06:37pm PT
I was joking; not always apparent I realize.
Dr. F.

So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - May 17, 2009 - 06:58pm PT
Cactuses aren't the on;y thing we grow, we like things with fat stem are roots too

Euphorbia poisonii

We grow Lithops from seed, heres a bunch of seedling pots, aren't they cute

Part of the Lithops collection

Heres a view of some cool cactuses

Dr. F.

So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - May 17, 2009 - 07:44pm PT
"Mommy, is that cactus plastic"
"No Timmy, it just looks like plastic"

"Mommy, what are those"
"Those are baby plastic plants from the plastic Mommy plant"

Gymnocalycium vatteri

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
May 17, 2009 - 07:55pm PT
Hey, so is Peyote a succulent, got any?

I got some pics coming up....

Trad climber
Fresno CA
May 17, 2009 - 08:01pm PT
Wow, Dr. F -- we agree on something! I've always been interested in collecting cacti in particular (opuntia, cereus and mammalaria in particular), but stopped collecting about 45 years ago. All that is left is one enormous prickly pear at my mother's, that I grew from a cutting of a single pod. Now that I'm getting close to rejoining the plutocracy, I think it's time to head to the nursery. Thanks for the post.


Social climber
May 17, 2009 - 08:04pm PT
Nice stuff Dr.F and Russ.

Just getting started with cacti. The cholla and beavertail were dug up from elsewhere on our property and transplanted. I hope that is not frowned upon. The cow's tounge and santa rita were cuttings given to me. The prickly pears (maybe not true name) are nursing along for transplant later. We're trying to round out our collection with native species before moving on to more non-native. We're really happy with our transplant sucess. Our ocotillo from Home Depot has flowered, but I don't have any pix. I never thought that thing would grow, looked frickin dead.

My biggest question is water. What would you recommend for these in the ground? Should we water less in the summer, since they don't get much water then? Is it ok to keep watering over the summer or will it hurt them?


prickly pear

santa Rita

beaver tail

cow's tounge

Dr. F.

So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - May 17, 2009 - 09:12pm PT
Native cacti can be tricky
Some won't mind water at anytime
But the best schedule for US natives is heavy water in early Spring, dry late spring and early summer, and then more water in mid August to late Sept, and then dry winter

winter rains can be OK for some, an absolute no no for others.

Social climber
May 17, 2009 - 09:16pm PT
Cool thanks.

May 17, 2009 - 09:16pm PT

Trad climber
que se sabes tú de mi...
May 17, 2009 - 09:32pm PT
in the sea there is a fish
a fish that has a secret wish
a wish to be a big cactus
with a pink flower on it
and the flower would be its offering
of love to the desert
and the desert, so dry and lonely
that the creatures all appreciate the effort…

and the rattlesnake said
i wish i had hands
so i could hug you like a man
and then the cactus said
but don’t you understand
my skin is covered with sharp spikes
a hug would be nice
but hug my flower with your eyes
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