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11 Sep 2013 03:41 pm
We talked on the phone a few minutes ago regarding paling/brown color that’s appearing on my cactus. Based on the attached pictures do you have any advice?
Thanks so much!
It’s hard for me tell for sure, but it looks like a little bit of discoloration at the very bottom of the cactus. What I can see looks like it might be a bit of rot. Looking at the pointed-top shape of the cactus, I’m guessing it is not getting enough light, and even though you are only watering every 3 weeks, with that amount of light it would want less water. But mostly it wants more sun.
First, regarding the discoloration – push gently against it to see if it is soft. If it is then it is the start of some rot. I recommend spraying with Hydrogen Peroxide, and a few days later following up with an organic fungicide like Neem (although not Rose Defense).
Make sure the soil is completely dry before watering. And bring the plant out into more sun – although not all at once. Every day bring it into about 1/2 hour more direct sunshine until it is getting at least 4 hours direct sun.
A Game of Guitar-Playing Cactuses
Hello Hero, a turn-based RPG for smartphones developed in Korea, is headed to the west. You control a team of five heroes across the planet of Armon, including quirky characters like a guitar-playing cactus and a spear-wielding shark.
Good to know. Here’s a video.
That’s not a very interesting looking cactus. I wouldn’t play that game.
It’s the beautiful Asclepias tuberosa.
Native throughout the US, including California
Sun: Prefers Full Sun, Handles Light Shade
Water: Moderate, drought-tolerant
Size: 2 feet tall
Dies back in winter and re-sprouts from its underground tuber each spring. The brilliant orange or red flower clusters appear in midsummer followed by attractive green pods.
27 Aug 2013 09:07 am
Dorena sends along this picture of a steel cactus, a steel prickly pear to be more exact.
Big News in Western Montana
They were practically rioting in Montana yesterday for the cactus.
A night-blooming cactus causes quite a buzz Friday morning in the Floriculture Building at the Western Montana Fair after two large blossoms appeared on the plant overnight.
Wow! Click through for the picture. There are 2 blooms on this particular cactus, so you know it was twice the excitement.
10 Jul 2013 02:10 pm
Around the Tumblrs
Ohcrackohcrack has a fondness for cactus. Maybe a bit too much fondness.
Pamelalovenyc likes the color pink. Nice Saguaro.
No photo for this next tumblr picture. It’s NSFW and an inappropriate use of cactus.
Outdoor Arizona has some good access to the Saguaros in Summer. Classic!
18 Apr 2013 07:33 am
More from the Cactus Bloom Season
It’s cactus bloom season, also known as Spring. Part 2.
I hope you are still enjoying these pictures of cactus flowers because we have a few more to share, right here on the cactus blog.
Echinocereus viridiflorus is the infamous green-flowered cactus, Green Pitaya, from the Plains States. That’s right – it’s native to a range from Texas to South Dakota, even found in a corner of Wyoming.
Opuntia erinacea, possibly a subspecies of Opuntia polyacantha, is the Mojave prickly pear. That means its a California Native!
Yellow flowered Echinocereus grandiflora “Sunshine Yellow”
How many flowers are there on this one yellow flowered cactus? A Lot.
15 Apr 2013 03:22 pm
How to Take Euphorbia Cuts
Hello, my cactus is getting a light brown discoloration on his arms, I am very worried, please advice on what to do to save my cactus. I stupidly placed the cactus inside a barrel that didnt have proper drainage and when I noticed one of his arms truning light brown i figured it was because of the water, I drilled some holes into the barrel and drained a little water until it was dry. the cactus arms started turning light brown and it seems to be spreading. I am attaching 3 pictures, the first one was taken one week ago, the second one was taken today. Is there any way the cactus can recover from this? What should I do?
Thank you for your time,
The branches can be saved, but since the rot has started from the bottom the whole base of the plant, roots and all, can’t be saved.
First be aware that this is a Euphorbia ammak which has a caustic milky-white latex sap. You need to wear gloves and long sleeves and eye protection when working around this plant. Given its height, this is going to take at least 3 people to safely take cuttings. One to hold the plant, one to hold the branch being cut and a third to do the cutting. If it is taller than it appears you may need a 4th person to help hold the branch as it is being cut. Please make sure you feel safe with all this before you start. I recommend using a serrated bread knife to cut, and blankets to wrap the branch before cutting.
Basically you need to cut each branch off above the rot, making sure there is no rot inside at the cut edge. Spray the cut with hydrogen peroxide and set aside to dry for 2 to 3 weeks.
If you see rot when you cut, keep cutting higher until there is no rot in the branch.
When the branches are fully healed over you can plant them in dry cactus soil and keep dry for a few more weeks. Water only every 3-4 weeks. Do not re-use any of the old soil as it is possibly infected.
01 Apr 2013 03:57 pm
We Get Questions from Michigan
Hi Cactus jungle,
A friend sent me a spineless prickly pear pad from Texas. I planted it and place it outside in a sunny southern exposure in Michigan. It sprouted 2 more paddles right away.
I was wondering. Can this plant get scales? I asked because in the process of wiping the dust off the paddles I noticed that the surfaces look like they were covered with scales. I took a damp cloth and removed as much as I could…most of them wiped right off. If it is scale, is simply wiping the plant down the best way to treat it?
Thank you for any and all insight. A neophyte cactus person
Generally in Michigan the larger prickly pear (Opuntia) plants will want to be inside in winter. If you keep them completely dry they can sometimes survive outside.
Opuntia are definitely prone to scale, however if they are rubbing off with a damp cloth they are probably not scale, since scale insects bite down and hold on tight. Generally we recommend dipping a soft paintbrush in alcohol to break through their hard outer shell and gently rub them off.
[Ed. Note: I don't know that I actually answered the question. Could I have done better?]
04 Mar 2013 09:31 am
I have recently seen this appear on my cactus it is hard to the touch. Could you tell me what it is and how to treat if I can.
From the photo it looks like it could have been beetles chomping on your cactus, or a simple case of winter rot. Since you say it is now hard to the touch you probably don’t have to do anything, however I would spray with hydrogen peroxide and follow up in a week with an organic fungicide like Neem Oil (never use any neem product called Rose Defense) just to be sure. On the other hand if you see it spreading then send me another picture, a closeup in good focus.
Fenestraria aurantiaca is the classic strange succulent in the Mesemb family. Related to the Lithops, these are also very low water plants. We recommend keeping them out of full sun and watering every 3-4 weeks. With more sun and more water they can grow quite big, relatively speaking, but then they are very rot prone and most people will find that a higher water level schedule will kill them. Harsh!
The Fenestraria genus includes only two species: Fenestraria rhopalophylla (with white flowers) and Fenestraria aurantiaca (with yellow flowers), which in time have gained various hybrids, with very beautiful flowers (red and orange).
It also appears that F. aurantiaca is no longer considered a separate species, but is a subspecies of F. rhopalophylla. So I guess I better get all my tags updated.
06 Feb 2013 03:17 pm
Visiting African Plants in Davis, CA
The Sacramento Cactus and Succulent Society took a visit to the African section at the UC Davis Botanical garden, and Bamboo and More was there to take all the blooming African Aloe pictures. It does appear to have been a sunny day, too.
Carole made us this amazing needlepoint cactus.
It’s a very fruitful prickly pear. Thanks Carole!
San Francisco Succulents
I see that the San Francisco Chronicle is recommending that you decorate your house with succulents for the holidays. And I thought it was all about the terrariums this year.
As you spruce up your home for the holidays… There are many wonderful hanging plants, but some of my favorites are succulents….
Succulents possess a singular charm unlike any other kind of houseplant, and look fabulous when cascading out of a hanging basket. And there is a surprising number to choose from. One favorite is a plant commonly known as burro’s tail, Sedum morganianum…
For something a little more delicate, there is string of pearls, Senecio rowleyanus…
Feeling romantic? How about substituting a string of hearts for mistletoe, (Ceropegia woodii)…
Finally, for something a bit unusual, look for Hoya compacta, curiously known as Hindu rope.
Cactus Jungle is the only local nursery that grows and carries all the plants they recommend. Do you think they list us at the bottom of the article as a source for these plants in the Bay Area? No.
20 Nov 2012 07:47 am
Prickly Pear Fruit, Palm Springs
Two Palm Springs posts in a row? I must have recently visited that lovely desert city in the desert.
Did you know it’s in the Sonoran Desert? And it borders on Joshua Tree NP? Do you wonder if I made it into the park?
The Cactus Restaurant Has Closed
It’s an interesting theme for a Sunday on the blog.
The Blue Ash outpost of Cactus Pear has closed, Polly Campbell reports:
Cincinnati will never be the same.
The Cactus Pear Southernwestern restaurant in Blue Ash has closed. However, the one on Jefferson Ave. near UC is still open.
Good to know!
26 Oct 2012 07:02 am
Prickly pear fruit, or tunas, are delicious to eat. And by eat I mean use in a margarita.
Here we have some almost ripe fruit from the Opuntia robusta. Shall we pick them soon?
11 Oct 2012 11:23 am
Cactus fruit salsa
By Betty Cortina, NBC Latino
It isn’t every day you discover an entirely new ingredient, something you had no idea existed let alone tasted this good. But that’s exactly what happened to us, the NBC Latino crew, while we attended the Culinary Institute of America’s Latin Flavor, American Kitchens conference last week in San Antonio.
It happened when we stepped into the kitchen with Roberto Santibañez, the chef-owner of New York’s Fonda restaurants (in Brooklyn and Manhattan) and author of “Truly Mexican” and the soon-to-be released “Tacos, Tortas and Tamales.” First, he taught us to call the ingredient by its name: xoconostle. (Pronounced: choko-nose-leh.) It is, he went on, the fruit of the cactus plant and similar to a prickly pear, which in recent years has grown in popularity, its sweet flesh often used to flavor margaritas. But the xoconostle is sour and tart instead and typically used to make salsas in Mexico.
Interesting! I wonder what that is. I’ve never heard that name for a cactus fruit. But first the recipe:
Salsa de xoconostle/cactus fruit salsa
1 pound xoconostles (about 9)
2 small dried chipotle chiles, or 5 dried árbol chiles, wiped clean
1 medium garlic clove, peeled
Kosher salt, to taste
Simple! Click through for the instructions.
And now, for your fun and kicks, the xoconostle is the fruit from the Opuntia joconostle. It looks similar to tunas, but it tastes different, and most importantly the seeds are all grouped in the center rather than spread throughout the flesh.
28 Sep 2012 11:07 am
This is actually our own front bed with a Sunflower in late bloom, along with some Opuntia and Crassula (Prickly Pear and Jade).
27 Sep 2012 01:24 pm
Lise sends along a picture of her cactus garden in bloom. It’s hard to tell from the small photo, but it appears she has both Cereus peruvianus and Echinopsis pachanoi.
They both have the same giant white flowers, but the Cereus is a night bloomer, with the blooms only lasting the one night, and is pollinated by flies. Whereas the Echinopsis is a San Pedro cactus and the bees love those during the warm daylight hours.