Category Archives: Cacti

Melocactus- Beauty Worth The Effort

Melocactus Potted

Melocactus is a genus of especially eye-catching cacti. Being a popular cactus in cultivation, they’re native to almost tropic areas like various parts of the Caribbean, South America (mostly Brazil), and Mexico. Breathtaking Look Tooks Time What makes this genus so desirable among the cacti lovers is the extraordinary look the mature plant has. Melocactus has a […]

Opuntia microdasys albata- Desert Cutie For Your Home and Garden

Opuntia microdasys albata flower

In the cacti family, Opuntia microdasys albata may be one of the cutest members. That’s where its common names come from. This species is often known as Bunny Ear or Angel Wings. This paddle cactus is favorite among outdoor and indoor succulent growers because of its easy to please nature. Spikey Beauty Bunny Ear is […]

Echinocereus – A genus for all

Echinocereus is a genus of popular specimen plants, containing over 70 species of ribbed, cylindrical and clump-forming cacti.  A favourite contender for the specialist collector and much loved around the globe, this genus is most recognised for its tight, colourful spines and breath-taking blooms. When I was told this prickly plant family had some of […]

Grafting Cacti- Propagation Method You Should Try

Cacti come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, which makes them desirable plants for both outdoor and indoor decoration. They are pretty easy to propagate. You can choose to propagate cacti trough grafting, leaf cuttings, stem cuttings, seeds or offsets. However, if you choose to grow cacti from seeds, you should know that it`s a […]

Yavia- Newest Addition To The Cactus Family

Yavia cryptocarpa

Yavia is a monotypic genus of dwarf plants. This is one of the most recently discovered genera in the Cactus family. Despite a recent description of this genera, Yavia is being rapidly propagated by enthusiasts. This should make it more and more available each year. A Secret Gem Yavia is named after Argentina’s department Yavi, […]

Fungal Infections And Succulents- How To Treat Them

Succulents are probably the easiest plants to grow. However, like most of the plants, they have their problems too. Succulents come in all shapes, colors, and sizes, but they share a propensity to develop fungal infections when moved out of their natural habitats. The main reason for this is the change in conditions- succulents are […]

Blooming Cacti- Everything You Need To Know

Cacti blooming

Generally, cacti are flowering plants. That means that every cactus will bloom at some point in their life. For most species, blooming starts when they reach maturity. That can take from few to even 55 years. Some species won’t bloom even when mature unless they have perfect light and water conditions, or even fertilization. This […]

The Great Opuntia Genus – Prickly Pear Cactus

“Opuntia” in its botanical name, is a truly unique genus ranging from small, prostrate plants to towering trees. Standing proud in their natural habitat, the most recognised member of the Opuntia family has to be the native South American “Prickly Pear” Cacti.   The “Prickly Pear” is sun-loving specimen with flat, rounded pads each generously […]