How to Harvest Seeds from Cactus Fruit with Sucs for You!

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This is a macro video demonstrating how to remove the fruit and harvest the seeds from a cactus (Species is Mammillaria Haageana). This variety does bear edible fruit known as Chilitos, and I did taste it afterwards! A bit underripe, sour, no distinct flavors just yet..but not unpleasant!

Tools needed include something to cut the fruit and something to scrape out the seeds. Steady hands are ideal so don’t attempt this after a strong cup of coffee 😉 This was my first time doing this and it was a lot easier than I expected so give it a go yourself!

I will pot these up and report back as soon as I see any progress. Maybe 2 weeks? Maybe a month? Maybe never? Only one way to find out 😀

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Ants on your Plants? Might mean Mealybugs…Let’s fix that STAT!

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Note: This is shot with a macro lens- objects on screen are much smaller in real life 😉 Watch in full screen for a good time 😉

If you see little ants on your succulents and other plants, stop and follow them…many ant species will lead you straight to a pile of mealybugs before you even notice them on your plants!

Watch this ant show us exactly where these dreaded pests are hiding and how to rid your succulents and other plants of mealybugs before it’s too late.

I also wanted to show you this page on a very beneficial bug called the Mealybug Ladybird- get to know it so you don’t accidentally kill one, as their larvae resemble mealybugs before they turn into beetles. You wouldn’t want to kill a really helpful ladybug would you?

And here is a guide on different kinds of mealybugs and scale. I do believe these are ‘Madeira Mealybug’ Phenacoccus madeirensis, but I’m not certain.

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Spreading the love with spreadsheets? Don’t you know it!

Spreadin the love

I shared a quick video on Instagram stories the other day of me scrolling through my spreadsheet that contains the names, dates, places, and more info about each plant I bring home. Turns out a lot of you also have your own spreadsheets working! Others were interested in starting one of their own, so I’ve made a blank public copy of mine to share with y’all.

Instructions:
It’s linked via Google Docs here.
All you have to do is open the link then click ‘File’ > ‘Make a Copy.’
This will save it to your own Gmail/Drive account.
You can also download it as an Excel file, etc. (‘File’ > ‘Download as’ …)

I refer back to this sheet daily to recall the name of a plant or the date or location I got it. I also include links to online resources about each plant and try to keep up with the rest of the data entry – Sun requirements, bloom time, hardiness, et al. You should add and remove columns from your copy to tailor it to your needs and start entering your collection!

 

Wetting Your Plants: How, When, and Wait

Another video demonstration! This time, we’re talking about wetting our plants. What you need to know about watering your succulents in different potting situations, and most importantly, when NOT to water!