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Hap Hollibaugh

Washington Cactus


I don’t know what this article is about, so here’s a quote, and we’ll leave it at that.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">The home is heated by a rocket stove, a special wood-burning stove. Kale grows on his sod-covered roof. The wind blusters outside, but the inside of his home is cozy, dry and quiet. It’s warm enough and light enough for Boreen, an accomplished gardener, to tend to <span style="font-weight: bold;">an array of cacti and succulents</span>. In the summer, the home is pleasantly cool, he said.</span><br /></div><br />That’s from the <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1784&amp;entry_id=1590" title="http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20080110/LIVING03/565224720" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20080110/LIVING03/565224720′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Everett (WA) Herald</a>. Some kind of human interest story, I suppose.<br /><br />

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Friday Whippet Blogging


Benjamin Speaks<br />
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Constitutional Questions


The Cactus Car Planter – art or nuisance – <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1783&amp;entry_id=1589" title="http://www.sanmarcosrecord.com/local/local_story_017111133.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.sanmarcosrecord.com/local/local_story_017111133.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">lawsuit in Austin</a> takes on a decidely consititutional character as the business owners refuse to move it. <br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Less than a week after Municipal Judge John Burke ruled the Oldsmobile turned cactus planter outside the San Marcos Planet K store a “public nuisance,” the company’s founder and CEO has filed in district court for an injunction, and the city of San Marcos is about to turn it over to the feds….<br />
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“Over a cactus planter? Federal Court?,” he said…. “All we wanted to do is to beautify a car and beautify our property and we did that…. the worst part is bureaucrats are continuing to waste taxpayer money on nonsense like a cactus planter….&quot;<br />
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In the meantime, the car will stay where it is. “The city will not do anything until everybody’s had the opportunity to be heard, so it will sit there.”</span><br /></div><br />I’m sending our Texas reporter out to get a look. Hopefully she’ll report back soon.<br /><br />

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Link of the Day


<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1782&amp;entry_id=1588" title="http://back40feet.blogspot.com/2008/01/bloom-day.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://back40feet.blogspot.com/2008/01/bloom-day.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">My Back 40 (Feet)</a> has lots of good photographic evidence of their bloom skills in the harsh San Francisco winters with a post called Bloom Day.<br /><br /><br />

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We Get Questions


Q: Hello,<br />
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I came across your blog regarding info for Jatropha Podagica and found it very helpful. I did, however, have a question. I live in the NE, and have recently purchased seeds. I was wondering when is the best time to plant them? Any info you may have would be great. Thanks in advance!<br />
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Steve<br /><br />A: Steve,<br />
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If you are starting indoors, under lights it does not matter when you start your Jatropha. We start ours through out the year. We use High Output Fluorescent lights with bottom-heat with good results. Jatropha seems to want 75-80 degrees soil temp. and to sprout under bright light. Nicking the seed coat or rubbing on course sand paper usually speeds up germination. We press the seed in to moist cactus and succulent soil and put a half inch layer of horticultural charcoal on top. It seems to inhibit algae and fungal problems.<br />
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Good luck,<br />
Hap<br /><br />

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Florida Succulents


Nancy George’s North Florida Gardening Guide recommends succulents for your North Florida garden. I wonder what constitutes North Florida? The top half of the state, or just the panhandle area? My parents moved to Sarasota which is in the middle of the Gulf Coast area, an hour south of Tampa. Looking at a map, one wonders….


Looking for plants with a contemporary element, unusual forms, vibrant colors, striking foliage and extraordinary flair while remaining low maintenance? Then look to succulents and cactus. Whether planted in large numbers or used as a single specimen these plants are both beautiful and enduring. The colors, shapes and textures are endless. There are so many varieties that can be either planted in the landscape or used in containers and a lot of these beauties are totally hardy to frost.

I would guess anything north of Tampa would be North FL, but then that would include Orlando.

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Indiana Cactus


Everybody loves them some cactus in winter when you can’t be out planting your garden and you want a little bit of sunshine in your kitchen window. Even in Indiana. The <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1778&amp;entry_id=1583" title="http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/jan/08/year-round-greenery/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/jan/08/year-round-greenery/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Evansville Courier &amp; Press</a> has a fresh article.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"><img width="260" hspace="5" height="260" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/home_20080107_indoorplants_banner.jpg" /> <br />Liven up winter with unexpected greenery – a cactus brings some sun to your décor.</span><br /></div><br />Nice. And I find that when you follow the primary election results coming out of Michigan that sometimes you find yourself laughing just a little at Mitt Romney. He’s a funny guy, that Mitt.<br /><br />

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Preparing for Spring


The <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1777&amp;entry_id=1582" title="http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=665&Itemid=2" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=665&Itemid=2′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Imperial Valley News</a> lets you know how to prepare for a lush Spring garden without resorting to watering.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">In these times of severe drought in many parts of the country, consumers are desperate for plants that will make their gardens shine, in spite of water restrictions. The secret is selecting plants that are naturally not thirsty.<br />
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Many of our own native plants, water-storing cactus and succulents for example, have evolved over time to tolerate dry conditions…. Prudent gardeners select companion plants with similar water needs.</span><br /></div><br />Now that’s true. I know a couple prudent gardeners, and they really do select prudent companion plants. But don’t quote me on that, because while they might be prudent and while the companion plants might be low water, everybody wants a little citrus too.<br /><br />

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Mercury


The latest flyby picture of Mercury.<br /><br /><img width="432" hspace="5" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/mercury.jpg" /><br /><br /><a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1779&amp;entry_id=1585" title="http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/pics/EW0108829708G.4release.jpg" onmouseover="window.status=’http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/pics/EW0108829708G.4release.jpg’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Supersized original photo here</a><br /><br />via <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1780&amp;entry_id=1585" title="http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/2008/01/15/messenger-at-mercury-hawesome/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/2008/01/15/messenger-at-mercury-hawesome/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Bad Astronomy Blog</a>.<br /><br />

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Deer Hunting on the Pecos


The Outdoors writer for the <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1776&amp;entry_id=1581" title="http://caller.com/news/2008/jan/06/sikesoutdoors/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://caller.com/news/2008/jan/06/sikesoutdoors/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Corpus Christi Caller Times</a> writes about hunting in the Chihuahuan Desert.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Beneath the hovering raptors plunged a steep canyon that separated us from Mexico and from several scrawny goats huddled on a narrow ledge of reddish rock….<br />
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Conditions were not ideal…. something caught my eye about 100 yards into my walk.<br />
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It was the face of a doe peering at me from behind a prickly pear cluster… I stopped and slowly removed the rifle from my shoulder… Before I could level the muzzle of my rifle, I noticed the back end of another deer extending from the other side of the cactus. It was a motionless buck.<br />
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I could see it’s antlers between the cactus pads.</span><br /></div><br />That’s some literary hunting.<br /><br />

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Link of the Day


<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1773&amp;entry_id=1579" title="http://jocelynsgarden.blogspot.com/2007/12/new-resource.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://jocelynsgarden.blogspot.com/2007/12/new-resource.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">The Art Garden</a>, by a Denver area landscaper, features a post about an interactive site that can tell you what <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1774&amp;entry_id=1579" title="http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/WebSoilSurvey.aspx" onmouseover="window.status=’http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/WebSoilSurvey.aspx’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">your area’s soils</a> are like. And there’s a nice picture of a Begonia rex, too.<br /><br />

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Neighborhood News


We here at the Cactus Blog believe it is part of our mission to provide far-flung readers with local news wherever it may occur. Today, the local news happens to be in <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1775&amp;entry_id=1580" title="http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/218999" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/218999′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Tucson</a>, but it could be in your hometown next, you know.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">City Council honors desert-plant lover</span><br />
Dick Wiedhopf was about 10 years old and riding a bike near his Los Angeles home when he came across a discarded prickly pear cactus pad near some garbage cans.<br />
He carefully picked it up, took it home and planted it. Wiedhopf, now 67, has been salvaging and planting desert plants ever since. </span><br /></div><br />Very nice human interest story. Practically brings a lump in your throat.<br /><br />

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Tucson's Favorite Dishes


It’s not a list of the best restaurants, for that would be <span class="sense_content"><span class="syn">repetitious, what with the hundreds of best-of year-end lists and all. Instead, with a little bit of creativity, the fine folks at the <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50dWNzb25jaXRpemVuLmNvbS9zcy90YXN0ZS83Mjg5OQ==&amp;entry_id=1577" title="http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/taste/72899" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/taste/72899′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Tucson Citizen</a> have delved deep within and discovered their 25 favorite dishes. This being Tucson, one could certainly expect to find some cactus in there.<br /><br /></span></span><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span class="sense_content"><span class="syn"><span style="font-style: italic;">Tequila Lime Salmon ($19) at Lodge on the Desert, 306 N. Alvernon Way. The tequila and lime made for a vibrantly juicy and even salty salmon, carefully teamed with a mango salsa and a <span style="font-weight: bold;">prickly pear cactus juice</span> reduction.</span></span></span><br /><span class="sense_content"><span class="syn"></span></span></div><span class="sense_content"><span class="syn"><br />Well, cactus juice counts, I suppose. One of my favorite dishes locally is at <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url=aHR0cDovL2NvY2luYXBvYmxhbmEuY29tL2VtZXJ5dmlsbGUvaW5kZXguaHRt&amp;entry_id=1577" title="http://cocinapoblana.com/emeryville/index.htm" onmouseover="window.status=’http://cocinapoblana.com/emeryville/index.htm’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Cocina Poblana</a>, just around the corner from us. <br />
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Huarache Tingado <br />
An overgenerous Huarache lined with refried black beans and grilled Penca de Nopal, with your choice of Beef or Chicken tinga Mexican and Cotija cheese.<br /><br /></span></span>

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Ohio Succulents


The <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1772&amp;entry_id=1575" title="http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/home_garden/12909036.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/home_garden/12909036.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Akron Beacon Journal</a> recommends succulents for Ohioans who garden.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Succulents do well in windowsills, but like many houseplants, may tend to ”reach out” toward life-giving light. Simply rotate the pots a half-turn every few days or so to ensure even growth.<br />
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”Another thing about growing them indoors is that they don’t need a lot of water,” (Debra Lee) Baldwin (author of Designing With Succulents) said.</span><br /></div><br />Here’s where I, your blogger, would add a witty comment, but really, if you’re gardening in Ohio in the winter then you need more help than my witty comments. Especially since they’re not so witty anyway. As you can tell by this one.<br /><br />

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We Get Questions


Q: Peter,<br />
Since you are experiencing a dearth of questons and have had to resort to asking and answering them yourself, I’ll help you out. <br />
What source do you suggest to keep up with all the latest reclassifications of cacti? Also, what is your very favorite cactus and why?<br />
Inquiring minds want to know.<br />
<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1766&amp;entry_id=1573" title="http://waterwhendry.blogspot.com" onmouseover="window.status=’http://waterwhendry.blogspot.com’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Aiyana</a><br /><br />A: Aiyana-<br />
Thanks for the questions! <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1767&amp;entry_id=1573" title="/archives/1569-Another-Not-Question.html" onmouseover="window.status=’/archives/1569-Another-Not-Question.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">I wrote my own questions</a> really just for the fun of it, to spice up the blog.<br />
But for your questions:<br />
1. We use &quot;The Cactus Family&quot; by Edward Anderson (2001), which we also used to sell but it is now out of print. For recent name changes, we just go with the flow, changing to current names when it suits us, and using older names too. Basically, we don’t always agree with new names and don’t try to keep on top of it in the short term (sometimes they change back!) but wait ’til it feels right to us. The Cactus and Succulent Society of America (CSSA) keeps up with changes <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1768&amp;entry_id=1573" title="http://www.cssainc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=3&Itemid=270" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.cssainc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=3&Itemid=270′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">in their journal</a>. <br />
2. My favorite cactus changes depending on the season. We have so many we grow from little seedlings to big guys and then someone comes in and buys it! It’s really about the challenge of growing them into specimens. But I do like the <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1769&amp;entry_id=1573" title="https://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/operculicarya_decaryi.htm" onmouseover="window.status=’https://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/operculicarya_decaryi.htm’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Operculicarya decaryi </a>(not a cactus) with its tiny shiny leaves and its great name (say it out loud), and the blooms on the <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1770&amp;entry_id=1573" title="https://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/ortegocactus_macdougallii.html" onmouseover="window.status=’https://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/ortegocactus_macdougallii.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Ortegocactus macdougallii</a>, although it is a pain to grow and must have limestone in its soil mix.<br />
-Peter<br /><br />

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New Neon Cactus T-Shirts


I added a couple new t-shirts to our <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1765&amp;entry_id=1572" title="http://www.cafepress.com/cactusjungle" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.cafepress.com/cactusjungle’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Cafe Press Store</a>. Now you can get our logo t-shirts, some of my fancy graphics t-shirts, a chalk dudleya mug, blooming rebutia tile, and these 2 new ones:<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img width="150" hspace="5" height="150" border="0" src="/blog/uploads/misc/blue_neon_cactus.jpg" /><img width="150" hspace="5" height="150" border="0" src="/blog/uploads/misc/red_neon.jpg" /> <br /></div><br />Our newest classic, the <span style="font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;">Neon Cactus Ringer T-Shirts</span> in red and blue<br /><br />

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Austin Art Car Update


The cactus art car must go, the <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1764&amp;entry_id=1571" title="http://www.news8austin.com/content/your_news/default.asp?ArID=197977" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.news8austin.com/content/your_news/default.asp?ArID=197977′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">judge in Austin</a> orders.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">On Thursday, a San Marcos judge ordered a local novelty store to remove an old Oldsmobile now used as a cactus planter or face fines. The judge ruled the planter is a public nuisance.</span><br /></div><br />That’s ridiculous.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Planet K owner Michael Kleinman said he was stunned.</span><br /></div><br />

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Cactus and Succulent Instructional Video


I’m back with another in our series of instructional videos. This one is about the difference between cactus and succulents. Watch the video, and then take the test.<br /><br /><object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Jw64lvOucGY"></param><embed width="425" height="350" adblockframename="adblock-frame-n7" adblockframedobject2="true" adblockframedobject="true" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Jw64lvOucGY" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"/object><br /><br />Now you know.<br /><br />

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Another Not-Question


I liked yesterday’s <span style="font-style: italic;">We Don’t Get Questions</span> feature so much that I decided to run another one of my own questions to myself. Like yesterday, I have emailed myself a question, and then emailed myself a response, and then posted it here on the blog. Check the timestamps if you don’t believe me.<br /><br />Q: Cactusblog, <br />I found a small cactus in my backyard that I like, and I was wondering, can I pot it up and bring it inside?<br />Thanks,<br />Peter<br /><br />A: Peter,<br />Well, that depends. Do you want to keep the plant alive? If so, then you should pot it into a good well-draining cactus soil, taking care not to disturb the roots when doing this. And then put it in a sunny south or west-facing window. Keep the soil dry for the first few weeks. And then water every three weeks, allowing the pot to drain completely. <br /><br />But here’s the key to the whole endeavor: <span style="font-weight: bold;">Wait ’til Spring.</span> Don’t do it now. The cactus is dormant, and won’t like being transplanted, and in fact the whole plant will become rot-prone and could catch an infection and could even turn into a lovely little brown ball of mush.<br /><br />Hope that helps,<br />Cactusblog<br /><br />

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Cactus Money


The &quot;2008 American Numismatic Association National Money Show&quot; will be <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1763&amp;entry_id=1567" title="http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=3608" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.numismaster.com/ta/numis/Article.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=3608′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">in Phoenix this year</a> (in March if you want to know) and they’ve struck a coin with cactus clearly stamped into the design.<br /><br />picture after the break…<br /><br /><br /><a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/archives/1567-guid.html#extended">Continue reading "Cactus Money"</a>

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Minnesota Cactus


They Get Questions about what to do with christmas cactus after the holidays are over and your plant is showing wear and tear. After all, you bought it at a big box store, now, didn’t you? Well, now that you’ve &quot;rescued&quot; the plant from one of <span style="font-style: italic;">those</span> stores, it’s time to give it the care it needs.<br /><br />This is from the <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1761&amp;entry_id=1566" title="http://www.dglobe.com/articles/index.cfm?id=187813&page=in-forum_article&section=Farm" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.dglobe.com/articles/index.cfm?id=187813&page=in-forum_article&section=Farm’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Worthington (MN) Daily Globe</a>.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Q: I was reading your Web site about the care of Christmas cactus plants, but haven’t found exactly what I need to know. I was trying to find out why my plant, which I have had for several years, is looking droopy, and the leaves are turning purple at the tip instead of the normal green. The weird thing is that the top of the soil in the pot is covered with algae. (e-mail reference)<br />
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A: I can’t tell you why the plant is changing color and the leaves are droopy. I can tell you that the plant probably will respond well to repotting in fresh soil. This often brings about favorable changes. Your soil may be too acidic, as indicated by the algae growth, and could be causing the discoloration. As the soil becomes more acidic, the balance of what is available to the plant shifts from being deficient in some cases to being toxic in others.<br />
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Q: Rabbits are digging their way under my house and nesting. </span><br /></div><br />An intriguing next question, no?<br /><br /><br />

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We Don't Get Questions


Today’s question comes from me. You didn’t send it in, and neither did that other person reading this small corner of the blogosphere. So I emailed it to myself and then I replied to myself and then I posted it right here.<br /><br />Q: Can you identify this plant for me? It’s mostly green, with spines on all sides. It’s about 4&quot; across, but taller.<br /><br />Thank you,<br />Peter<br /><br />A: It’s a <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1760&amp;entry_id=1565" title="https://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/euphorbia_trigona.htm" onmouseover="window.status=’https://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/euphorbia_trigona.htm’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Euphorbia trigona.</a> As it grows, it can get up to 6&quot; around, and will eventually be a 20′ tall tree if planted in the ground, which we don’t recommend here in the Bay Area. <br /><br />If you do plant it in the ground in this area, you will need to protect the growing tips when it gets close to freezing. We recommend a styrofoam cup on the top of each branch. <br /><br />A frost blanket will work too, but we recently created a tent out of one around a tall cactus in a pot, and then the 65mph winds came blowing through the area last week and the tent became more of a sail than a tent and the plant blew over. Luckily, we know enough to stay away from the nursery until wind storms are over, what with the spiny cactus and all.<br /><br />Hope that helps,<br />Peter<br /><br />

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Funny Plant Names


For no particular reason that I can think of.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Euphorbia pubiglans</span><br /></div><br /><a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1759&amp;entry_id=1564" title="https://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/euphorbia_pubiglans.htm" onmouseover="window.status=’https://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/euphorbia_pubiglans.htm’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Plant page with image is here.</a> Anyone think of a reason for the name?<br /><br />

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Link of the Day


<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url=aHR0cDovL3R1cmJpZHdhdGVyLmJsb2dzcG90LmNvbS8yMDA4LzAxL3BpY3RvcmlhbC1ndWlkZS10by1kZXNlcnQtdmFjdGlvbi1mb3IuaHRtbA==&amp;entry_id=1563" title="http://turbidwater.blogspot.com/2008/01/pictorial-guide-to-desert-vaction-for.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://turbidwater.blogspot.com/2008/01/pictorial-guide-to-desert-vaction-for.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;"><br />
Turbid Water</a> from Denver took a winter vacation into the desert and has come back with a whole lot of photos of cactus. There’s also a lot of personal pictures mixed in there, so you can pretend you’re not looking at a stranger’s family and skip over those and get to the cactus photos.<br /><br /><br />

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Michigan Mesembs


They like them some <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1758&amp;entry_id=1562" title="http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080108/FEATURES04/801080362" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080108/FEATURES04/801080362′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">mesembs in Detroit</a> these days, and who could argue?<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">One place to see lithops (LITH-ops) growing is at the newly renovated Matthaei Botanical Gardens conservatory in Ann Arbor.<br />
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Lithops come in various sizes, markings and colors, like mottled pink, brown and gray. Flat-topped and stout, they look like cute fireplugs or, possibly, distant relatives of SpongeBob SquarePants.<br />
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Lithops are so unusual that many Matthaei visitors have never seen them before, said Paul Girard, natural areas collection specialist.</span><br /></div><br />They’re like little brains, those split rocks, also known as living stones. And the mice think they’re delicious too. Personally, I like the green ones, but the red ones are good too. And then there are the grey ones, and the yellow ones and all the rest. I guess a trip to Ann Arbor should be added to the schedule. It’s been about 10 years since I’ve been back there. (15 is more likely). Ah, those carefree days.<br /><br />

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