Tillandsia aka ‘Air plants’ — what a weird and wonderful expression of flora! I regularly see them growing in oak trees, clinging to electric wires, and stumble across them on the ground with no effort. I’m talking about the epiphytic moss balls that form on branches and resemble birds nests of various sizes. It’s hard to resist scooping up a tangled bundle of what I now know is Tillandsia recurvata, and not moss at all. The long curly Spanish Moss ‘Tillandsia usneoides’ (also not moss) is a bit less common around here, and is also an air plant. I remember trying to jump up and pull some out of a tree on our farm as a kid, but it was always just out of reach.
Today I’m showing you a (sped-up) demo of how to repot a big sharp cactus without getting pricked (too much). Continue reading “How to Repot a Big Sharp Cactus”
Here we go! Plant Lovers for Texas Hurricane Relief…
From Rockport, where Harvey made landfall, to Port Arthur, Beaumont, and Orange County, and the other towns in what is known as the Golden Triangle, all hands are on deck here in Houston and pushing out help as quickly as possible.
HOUSTON: Hurricane Harvey – info and links
Monetary donations – read this updated post for suggestions
Alcalde @SylvesterTurner-Ciudad de Houston: “Si alguien trata de deportarte, yo mismo te representaré” -Busque ayuda independientemente de su estatus migratorio
Mayor Turner- City of Houston: “If someone tries to deport you, I will represent you myself.” Seek help regardless of your status.
What you’re asking … There’s a trend, mind you.
Howdy fellow succulent keepers! Well, this has been a week for the history books, has it not? I wanted to share a little look into the questions folks are asking me about their succulents, but first I must use a bit of this space to discuss what’s taking place in America right now.
Fellow succulent lovers: This time, I need your help. Please read on for my latest announcement. (Hint: I started a Patreon succulent care community)
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Today we’re talkin’ dirty! Here’s a video demo showing how and what I use to make a high drainage mix for cacti and succulents.
Advice on keeping succulents happy through the hottest, (wettest) months of the year
Well, we’re smack dab in the middle of summer and I know a lot of you are really feeling the burn along with me. So are our succulents. When I first started working with succulents, I assumed they were all pretty much impervious to the heat, but it didn’t take long to realize that wasn’t the case. So, if you’re like me and live somewhere that “enjoys” summer temperatures well into the 90s (and beyond) for much of the season, there are a few things you should know to help keep your plants alive and happy through the hottest months of the year.
Growing cacti from seed is easy and rewarding! It takes patience and a few guidelines to start cactus seeds.
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!