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Campaign Video Quote of the Day


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Baltimore Cactus Comedy Gold


The <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1829&amp;entry_id=1650" title="http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/football/bal-sp.supervignette29jan29,0,5188069.story" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/football/bal-sp.supervignette29jan29,0,5188069.story’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Baltimore Sun</a> escapes the freezing frigid northeast to visit Arizona in winter.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">There are hundreds of varieties of cacti and succulents dotting the arid landscape that surrounds the Phoenix metropolitan area, including the classic saguaro cactus that can grow to heights of more than 50 feet. For some strange reason, however, cactus climbing has never caught on here.</span><br /></div><br />The travel reporter’s a comedian. We don’t feature too many cactus jokes here on cactus blog because most of them are pictures of saguaros that are, shall we say, rather Freudian in their implications. So here you go, a nice clean joke printed in a major newspaper.<br /><br />

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They Get Cold Weather Questions


It’s Spring in California. It was hot yesterday. Warm in the monring, sunny all day, and hot in the afternoon. The plants loved it, and so did I. I’m not bragging, mind you, but there’s freezing temperatures all across the upper midwest today, and I pity you all. <br /><br />From the <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1828&amp;entry_id=1649" title="http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=709527" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=709527′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel</a>:<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Q.I have a very large cactus (Euphorbia Tree) that normally thrives in our sunroom.<br />
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We had several very cold days and it got much too cold in that non-insulated room.<br />
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All of the new growth on the cactus has either shriveled or turned light greenish-yellow and is droopy. This cactus stands about 6 feet. What can I do to revive it?<br />
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A. If the damaged areas continue to deteriorate or show no signs of improvement, it is time to do some pruning.<br />
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Remove the dead portions back to a healthy stem. If older parts of the plant are firm and normal color there is a good chance you can save the plant.<br />
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Prevent future cold damage and continue to give it proper care and time to recover. </span><br /></div><br />Colder days indeed. After winter damage, when spring finally arrives in your part of the country, we recommend a good dose of kelp meal.<br /><br />

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Italy vs. Scotland


A columnist for the <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1827&amp;entry_id=1648" title="http://www.shetlandtoday.co.uk/Shetlandtimes/content_details.asp?ContentID=25024" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.shetlandtoday.co.uk/Shetlandtimes/content_details.asp?ContentID=25024′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Shetland Times</a> writes about the ongoing competition between Tuscany and Shetland, Italy vs. Scotland, and seems to think that Tuscany may be winning, what with their better climate for growing cactus.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">After 30 years in Shetland we could probably put up with a touch of Tuscan winter damp, and there’s nothing wrong with alcoholic neighbours during their sober spells.<br />
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The turf around the house is dotted with the marbled leaves of Arum italicum and there are bound to be other treasures. Cyclamen for one, and wild narcissi. I could grow my collection of cacti and succulents as they should be grown. Planted deeply into well-drained sandy soil where they can reach the heights and girths they want to be, rather than remain dwarfed by the straightjackets of containers.</span><br /></div><br />It’s a pleasant enough article, you should go read it. And it is true, the climate in Tuscany is perfect for cactus, whereas Scotland – not so much. Darkness, dreariness, fog, rain, old castles with tiny windows. Of course, I’ve never been to Tuscany. No wait, that’s not true. I spent a week there once. But that was in Firenze, back when I was an architecture student, not out in the countryside where they grow all that cactus.<br /><br />

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They Get Questions


The <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1826&amp;entry_id=1647" title="http://www.azcentral.com/home/garden/articles/0126swgarden0126.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.azcentral.com/home/garden/articles/0126swgarden0126.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Arizona Republic</a> is taking questions, and it’s all about the kalanchoes today.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Question: About a year ago, I propagated a cutting from a very colorful kalanchoe. The cutting has gone very well, filling a 12-inch pot, but producing no blossoms. How can I encourage this fickle kalanchoe to produce flowers? During its short life, the plant has been in a patio receiving, perhaps, four to five hours of sun.<br />
– Bill Ispirian, Scottsdale<br /><br /><img width="250" hspace="5" height="400" border="2" align="left" src="/blog/uploads/misc/012608garden-autosized258.jpg" /> Answer: There are many species of kalanchoe plants. These succulents produce a profusion of long-lasting blooms. Most are cool-season bloomers and flower in winter and spring.<br />
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Kirti Mathura, Desert Botanical Garden horticulturist, said those sold at the garden will bloom yearly and do well as patio container plants. Others sold in retail outlets often are forced to bloom so they are available throughout the year.<br />
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If you want to experiment, keep your kalanchoe in a cool, dark place. Some growers use either a piece of shade cloth (available at plant nurseries) or even a box to cover their plants.<br />
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By covering them up to 14 hours a day in a cool place, you may be able to force the plant to produce buds.<br />
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Once they bud, remove the covering and place in a well-lighted area. Kalanchoe prefer a well-drained soil rich in organic material. Watering once a week should do it, but let the soil dry out before watering again. While it is in the dark, water only half as much as you normally would.<br />
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Mathura said you can fertilize your plant, but use a fertilizer that contains more phosphorus than nitrogen to promote blooming. Too much nitrogen promotes more leafy growth, she said.</span><br /></div><br />Now you know. I like that phrase. It’s very compact.<br /><br /><br />

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Arizona vs. Arkansas


Someone from Arizona moved to Arkansas and misses the cactus.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">We now have the gentle waves of DeGray Lake practically lapping at our back deck, not to mention more than two acres of grass to mow. In Tucson, we were greeted each morning by the outstretched arms of a giant saguaro cactus outside our front window.</span><br /></div><br />This is big news in the <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1825&amp;entry_id=1646" title="http://www.siftingsherald.com/articles/2008/01/25/news/news2.txt" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.siftingsherald.com/articles/2008/01/25/news/news2.txt’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Arkadelphia (AR) Siftings Herald</a>. And why shouldn’t it be? We have a big competition here in the US for residents. Every state is battling with every other state for new and better people to come to their state and fill out the ranks. And here we have a classic example of AR beating out AZ for one key person, notwithstanding all the fantastic cacti one can find in AZ. It’s a mystery worth pondering. <br /><br />I wonder what the people in AK think? Well, I can tell you that they regretted losing 2 of us to CA 12 years ago. It made all the local papers, and generated so many letters to the editor they had to set aside a page just to print the whole controversy. True story.<br /> <br />

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Friday Whippet Blogging


<img width="432" hspace="5" height="370" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/whippets/lulu.jpg" /><br /><br />Benjamin met another whippet, Lulu, at the park. She was fast and in motion. She’s pretty.<br /><br />

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Michigan Blooming Cactus


They grow them old in Michigan. The <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1823&amp;entry_id=1645" title="http://www.dailypress.net/page/content.detail/id/500901.html?nav=5001" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.dailypress.net/page/content.detail/id/500901.html?nav=5001′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Escanaba (huh? What’s an escanaba?) Daily Press</a> is all over the story of the 100 year old cactus in Hermansville. I’m guessing these small towns are in the UP, maybe even near the <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1824&amp;entry_id=1645" title="http://www.flickr.com/photos/93114883@N00/122200480/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.flickr.com/photos/93114883@N00/122200480/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Mackinac Bridge</a>.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><img width="250" hspace="5" height="188" border="0" src="https://cactusjungle.com/blog/uploads/misc/500901_1.jpg" /><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">For more than 100 years, a Christmas cactus has been blooming in Hermansville. In 1925, Pauline Meyers gave the post office a cactus that had been gracing her home for years. Mrs. Lottie Bultman, sister to William Anderson, who founded the William Anderson Sports and Recreation club in Hermansville, was postmaster at the time the cactus was given. Another cactus was later presented to the post office by Sven Anderson; it, too, bloomed over the Christmas season and is 57 years old.<br />
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Lottie Bultman took care of the cactus until 1929. Since then each postmaster has watered and nurtured the cactus. Debra LaFave, current postmaster, now attends to it. Many cuttings have been given out to local residents and the cactus blooms are eagerly awaited each Christmas by local patrons at the Post Office.</span><br /></div><br />Well, nice going and congratulations to the Meyers/Bultman/Anderson families and the Postmaster too.<br /><br />

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French Canadians in the Desert


The <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1822&amp;entry_id=1644" title="http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/travel/story.html?id=f80c8cdd-9e28-452f-9676-3123303844b0" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/travel/story.html?id=f80c8cdd-9e28-452f-9676-3123303844b0′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Montreal Gazette</a> visited Arizona and all they got was a lousy T-Shirt.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Visiting Arizona for the first time, I found the arid hot landscape as different from Canada as the surface of Mars and, initially, about as inviting….<br />
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As I peeled away the layers, the desert revealed itself as a place of delicate and unusual beauty….<br />
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The bleakness is punctuated by towering saguaro cacti whose limbs reach skyward as though calling for rain.</span><br /></div><br />I’ve been to Montreal and had a good time there. I wonder if the Phoenix paper has written a travel article about Montreal recently? I’d like to read that.<br /><br />

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Super Bowl Stadium Followup


Peter Eisenman claims his U of Phoenix Stadium design was inspired by a barrel cactus. The locals don’t agree. From the <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1821&amp;entry_id=1643" title="http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/107404" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/107404′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">East Valley Tribune</a>.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">The stadium looks like a vegetable steamer. We’re not sure why. We weren’t at that meeting. At the time, the Cardinals’ architect said the design was an homage to the barrel cactus. (Which makes sense, because many Cardinals games FEEL like you’re sticking your head in a barrel cactus.) But he was not local, and may have been frightened by kitchen appliances at an early age. Just take Loop 101 west, and pretend you’re a giant broccoli floret looking for a sauna.</span><br /></div><br />Hah!<br /><br />

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Link of the Day


<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1820&amp;entry_id=1642" title="http://christieatthecape.blogspot.com/2008/01/shipwrecks-and-carrion-flowers.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://christieatthecape.blogspot.com/2008/01/shipwrecks-and-carrion-flowers.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Christie at the Cape</a> moved to South Africa and now has a growing succulent collection, including a lovely little Stapelia grandiflora about to bloom, with pictures.<br /><br /><br />

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Sports World Cactus News


Golf course designer <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1819&amp;entry_id=1641" title="http://kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=7790107&nav=HMO6" onmouseover="window.status=’http://kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=7790107&nav=HMO6′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Jack Nicklaus</a> likes the cactus.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">&quot;I spend a lot of time at all of my courses,&quot; Nicklaus told News 4….<br />
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&quot;The… Saguaro cactus population is fantastic here,&quot; (Nicklaus said,) &quot;along with the other vegetation.&quot;</span><br /></div><br />I wonder what else he likes? Does he like margaritas? Does he read People to keep up on the latest Britney news? Does he have a shoe fetish, with closets filled with hundreds of spiked golf shoes of all colors?<br /><br />

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Prickly Pear Pads


Nopales comes to the Gulf Coast of Florida, apparently, and this seems to be big news in <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1818&amp;entry_id=1640" title="http://www.sun-herald.com/Newsstory.cfm?pubdate=013008&story=tp2np3.htm&folder=NewsArchive2" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.sun-herald.com/Newsstory.cfm?pubdate=013008&story=tp2np3.htm&folder=NewsArchive2′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Charlotte Harbor, Florida</a>.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">North Port has a new produce store….<br />
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&quot;Our prices are very reasonable as oppose to some of the local grocery stores,&quot; Clarke said….<br />
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&quot;We sell these and bananas the most,&quot; Clarke said….<br />
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Clarke said the oddest item they sell is <span style="font-weight: bold;">fresh cactus</span> which is frequently used in Latin foods.</span><br /></div><br />Well, it’s all for the good, I’m sure. You never know what a local newspaper is going to write about. For instance, I once read an article that was all about how a termite infestation in a 150 year old house on Cape Cod was going to force them to close down the museum part of the house for a couple weeks while they fumigated.<br /><br />

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Comics


Jeff Smith has a new comic out and for inspiration he went to the desert and communed with the cactus. Publisher’s Weekly has the interview:

JS: Part of the story takes place in the southwest, in the desert. I said [to myself], I’m just going to go there and spend some time and empty my head out. Nature abhors a vacuum. So all the crap that was in your head just goes out. I was able to just listen and think and put my story together. And since part of RASL’s tale takes place there in the desert—for a reason that becomes clear in the story—I was able to be there and just immerse myself in the moment and let my mind wander until I came up with all the stuff I needed for the story and get really fired up.

PWCW: That’s awesome. Did you get all the cactus burrs out?

JS: I have two splinters, spurs, whatever you want to call them, that I can’t get out. They’re really killing me. They are wicked. Some of those cactus stickers are amazing, aren’t they?

Ouch.

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We Get Questions


Q: Hello,<br />
We’ve exchanged vm regarding the aloe plant I received for Christmas that simply isn’t doing well. I have watered it only once since receiving it and as you can see from the photos, the entire base of the plant seems moldy and rotten. The plant appears to be doing well from the perspective of the upper leaves. Is there anything that could be done on your end as pruning the bottom leaves seems odd and difficult given the nature of thick leaves, etc?<br />
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Best regards,<br />
Sandra<br /><br /><img width="324" hspace="5" height="432" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/IMG_1557.JPG" /><br /><br />A: Sandra,<br />
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Overall the Aloe looks fine. All succulents will lose bottom leaves, especially in the winter, and that is what is happening here. However, since the bottom leaves are so big and thick it just seems bad when they turn black and die off, but it is normal. We recommend cutting them out; you can cut the leaf edge as close in to the stock as possible and then gently pull and usually the leaf will come right off. If you are unsure how to do this, or still would like us to take a look at it, we can do that. Just bring the plant on by and we’ll take a look for you.<br />
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Peter<br />
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Followup Question after the break… <br /><br /><br />
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<br /><a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/archives/1638-guid.html#extended">Continue reading "We Get Questions"</a>

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Mealy Bugs


The <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1817&amp;entry_id=1637" title="http://www.southernillinoisan.com/articles/2008/01/25/lifestyles/at_home/23065949.txt" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.southernillinoisan.com/articles/2008/01/25/lifestyles/at_home/23065949.txt’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">University of Illinois</a> has a good resource for mealy bug infestations in your home.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Small plants with light infestations may be successfully treated by dabbing each mealybug with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol….<br />
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Spraying infested plants with an insecticide is also effective. Treat the plants every 10 to 14 days for two to three months….<br />
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Plants that grow in loose soil, such as cacti and other succulents, should also be checked for soil mealybugs on the roots and underground stems. Treat root infestations every two weeks for two months….<br />
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An insecticidal soap will also help control mealybugs.</span><br /></div><br />Insecticidal soap is good. For a general purpose insecticide that is safe for cacti and succulents we prefer 100% Neem Oil.<br /><br />

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Berkeley Agaves


<img width="432" hspace="5" height="344" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/cactus/grant07.jpg" /><br /><br />Grant Street<br />Agave attenuata and Agave parryi under a large Yucca plus a Dudleya clump too.<br /><br />

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Link of the Day


It’s a big day for the nursery getting noticed (<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1815&amp;entry_id=1635" title="/archives/1632-Cactus-Jungle-in-the-News.html" onmouseover="window.status=’/archives/1632-Cactus-Jungle-in-the-News.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">see below</a>). Today’s link of the day is to <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1816&amp;entry_id=1635" title="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/plants-flowers/cactus-jungle-042047" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/plants-flowers/cactus-jungle-042047′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Apartment Therapy</a>, with a review of Cactus Jungle!<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">We’re particularly partial to their fantastic collection of houseplants, but lately we’ve been tempted to try out our new skills on some of the larger cacti.</span><br /></div><br />Well that’s a self-serving quote for me to pull from their review.<br /><br />

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Pelargonium ferulaceum


Pelargonium ferulaceum
Caudex forming succulent. Grows well outdoor in the Bay Area, in the ground with improved drainage, as a shrub. Lovely little flowers. Prefers light shade, and some protection from frost. We grow it up against the north side of the house, and will cover with frost blanket if it gets below 30.

Can be pruned to look like a bonsai, or actually grown in a pot as a bonsai.Those leaves are so green and lush, it hurts my eyes, but I just can’t look away.

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Cactus Jungle in the News


Peter Hartlaub at the <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1814&amp;entry_id=1632" title="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/05/DD3GUNSK6.DTL&hw=hartlaub&sn=001&sc=1000" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/05/DD3GUNSK6.DTL&hw=hartlaub&sn=001&sc=1000′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">San Francisco Chronicle</a> has an article in today’s paper about what local goods you can spend your soon-to-be-approved-by-congress tax rebate on. And we made the cut!<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Not only is it unnecessary to use this money to pay down debt, it’s practically un-American. The government wants you to spend it on stuff…<br />
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&quot;To be useful, a fiscal stimulus package should be… structured so that its effects on aggregate spending are felt as much as possible within the next twelve months or so,&quot; Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress… Translation for those who don’t speak Bernanke-ese: Spend that money… Just make sure it goes back into the economy….<br />
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<span style="font-weight: bold;">Cactus: Do you have any idea how many cacti you can buy for $1,200? Actually, that will buy you only half a cactus if you get one of the biggest ones at Cactus Jungle. But you can also get 340 really small ones at this awesome Berkeley cactus and bamboo retailer.</span></span><br /></div><br />Woohoo! And there’s a photo too!<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><br /><img width="272" hspace="5" height="420" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/dd_pop30004rad.jpg" /><span style="font-style: italic;"><br /><br /></span></div>

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Build a Skylight for your Cactus


<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1812&amp;entry_id=1631" title="http://www.homebysunset.com/home_by_sunset/2008/01/get-more-than-s.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.homebysunset.com/home_by_sunset/2008/01/get-more-than-s.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Sunset Magazine</a> traveled to San Francisco to help a homeowner build a light well for a cactus, becuase you know, there’s never enough sun in the city and light wells will help your cactus to thrive. If you can afford the $7200, I say it is a wise investment for your cactus.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">It took $7,200 and about 10 full days to complete. Although the cost was high, the rewards are great….<br />
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A handmade bench serves as a… place to sit and admire the… cactus, and assorted succulents.</span><br /></div><br />I may have edited that one a bit much. But you’ll never know unless you click through the link.<br /><br />

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New Mexico Native Succulents


From the heart of the Chihuahuan Desert, comes the heartening sight of the ocotillo in bloom. The <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1811&amp;entry_id=1630" title="http://www.currentargus.com/ci_8059570" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.currentargus.com/ci_8059570′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Calrsbad Current-Argus</a> has the story.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Ocotillo produces clusters of bright red flowers in the spring, usually from March to June and even later depending on rainfall….<br />
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Hummingbirds, attracted to its nectar, pollinate Ocotillo. The birds feed on the flowers during their travels north from Old Mexico to the mountains of the Western US. </span><br /></div><br />Now what would that have to do with the heart-rending way the Giants’ crucial 32 yard catch was made with the ball held against a helmet against all odds to crush my hopes for a perfect football season? Well, the Red Sox won the World Series so all is still well in the world.<br /><br />

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Bakersfield California


A big Bakersfield development threatens an endangered cactus. From the <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1810&amp;entry_id=1629" title="http://www.bakersfield.com/102/story/343145.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.bakersfield.com/102/story/343145.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Bakersfield Californian</a>:<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">The Canyons, perhaps the single most controversial development in Bakersfield today…. would put about 1,300 homes on 890 acres atop the bluffs overlooking the Kern River in northeast Bakersfield….<br />
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In particular, they’ll look at the effects the development would have on the endangered cactus preserve downhill from the proposed development.<br />
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Right now, the Bakersfield cactus thrives because it gets rainwater from the whole area, but changes to the drainage patterns there could put them in jeopardy, she said.</span><br /></div><br />Court cases are pending as we speak. Any protests?<br /><br />

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Prickly Pears


They’ve been eating them in the Americas for centuries. From Humboldt County’s <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1809&amp;entry_id=1628" title="http://www.northcoastjournal.com/012408/food0124.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.northcoastjournal.com/012408/food0124.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">North Coast Journal </a>comes this long article about the eating habits of native americans.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Throughout North America, prior to the westward press of pioneers, native people exploited their environment ingeniously….<br />
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The Plains Indians, whose staple protein was bison, ate a starchy lily root called camas, from which they made bread, as well as tubers with flavors resembling sweet potato and salsify….<br />
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Even in the arid Southwest, mesquite beans, pine nuts, <span style="font-weight: bold;">nopales (from prickly pear cactus)</span> and banana yucca supplemented The Three Sisters, together with a wide variety of chiles.</span><br /></div><br />And good for you too.<br /><br />

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Super Bowl Blogging


Since I can’t be in Phoenix today, I’ve decided to watch the game on TV here in Berkeley.<br /><br />My predictions:<br />[Updated 2/4 6:00am: Oops.]<br /><br />

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Open


The nursewry ios back opdewn aftwre oiuur winter break, and iut’s a cold manmd<br /><br />OK, that didn’t work with my gloves on. What I was trying to say is that we’re open after our winter break and unfortunately it’s cold and rainy and kinda miserable out here, so come by and pay us a visit so we’re not so miserable. That was all.<br /><br />Oh yeah, and Go Pats!<br /><br />

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They Get Questions


<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1808&amp;entry_id=1625" title="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/23/AR2008012301113.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/23/AR2008012301113.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">The Wasington Post</a> gets a question from someone looking for a common succulent in the DC area.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Q. I am trying to find an indoor succulent known as donkey or burro tail. This is a delicate plant that doesn’t hold up well to shipping. Do you know of any local source?<br />
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A. Burro tail ( Sedum morganianum) is a fairly common succulent that can often be found in garden center cacti and succulent sections. If your favorite garden center doesn’t have the plant in stock, the staff should be able to get one for you.<br />
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The fleshy leaves of this light-loving succulent are prone to break off, but shipping has improved in recent years and many mail order firms do such a good job of packing that plants withstand a lot of jostling with no injuries.<br />
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There is also a selection of this plant called Burrito that does not shatter in shipping.<br />
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It is available from Highland Succulents ( http://www.highlandsucculents.com). If you mail-order it, you will most likely get an unrooted cutting.<br />
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Burro tail is easy to root: Simply remove the leaves from the lower portion of the stem and stick it in cactus soil. Keep it just barely moist, and it will root in a few weeks. Rooting and growth will be best in spring, when more light is available; you can also grow the plant under a high-intensity discharge lamp. </span><br /></div><br />So that’s where it is – not in the area at all. You know, we carry it and can ship it too (and they would be rooted!) <br /><br />You know, these are strange question to be asking one of the premier national political newspapers in the middle of a campaign season. I think a better and more timely question would have been where to find nopales on the menu of a fancy mexican restaurant in DC. Because they’re delicious.<br /><br />

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Friday Whippet Blogging


<img width="432" hspace="5" height="324" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/whippets/zephyr.jpg" /><br /><br />Benjamin meets Zephyr at the park, with Jax in the back.<br /><br />

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New Camera


I got a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50.<br /><br /><img width="432" hspace="5" height="351" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/cactus/haworthia_bolusii.jpg" /><br /><br />Haworthia bolusii<br /><br />

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