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Steve's Cactus Collection

(Update On His Six Cacti With Photos - May 6, 2008)

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My Cactus Collection - May 2008

I thought it was time to provide an update on my humble cactus collection. Below is a gallery of photos of my six cacti, and as you will note, most seem to be doing quite well except one. This page is a work in progress and I plan to have the "lay name" and Latin name of each cactus.

Because I am a novice with cactus car, I am always open to learning better care tips. Right now, my cacti are sitting on my computer desk and receive very little sunlight. They are all potted ... None of them would survive in my yard in Colorado (altitude 8,127 feet) where we have a solid six months of cold and snowy winter weather. I water them approximately two to four ounces once per month. In the summer, I have increased it as I think its needed. -Steve

Silver Ball Cactus Silver Ball Cactus
Latin Name: Notocactus scopa

I bought this silver ball cactus in January 2007 at the B&B Cactus Farm in Tucson, Arizona.

It has been looking good!

Queen of the Night Cactus Queen of the Night Cactus Queen of the Night Cactus
Latin Name: Cereus greggi

Joel and Brandi in Arizona generously sent me this queen of the night cactus (along with an attractive ceramic lizard!) for my birthday in September 2007. The "queen of the night" is a particular cactus Joel specializes in taking care of.

All in all, the cactus looks okay, but admittedly, I have it "potted" in a black mug with dirt from my yard. There is no hole in the bottom for drainage. Is that a bad idea?

Cactus Thelocactus bicolor
Latin Name: Peniocereus greggii

This one has done well. It fell off a table once, making a nasty mess with soil everywhere. The cactus only suffered a few "scuffs" and it has healed well.

(Obtained at B&B Cactus Farm in Tucson, January 2007.)

Organ Pipe Cactus Organ Pipe Cactus

Organ Pipe Cactus

Organ Pipe Cactus
Latin: Stenocereus Thurberi

The organ pipe cactus ... This is my favorite cactus of all-time! After visiting Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in January 2007, I fell in love with this amazing cactus. In February 2008, I captured quite a few photos of the organ pipe cactus with Peter at the Desert Botanic Garden in Phoenix, and I even made a modest web page dedicated to it: www.OrganPipeCactus.info. Lastly, check out the organ pipe cactus photo gallery on this web site. :)

ONE CONCERN: There is a little bit of "brown rot" at the base of the cactus. (Adjacent photo) It has been there for approximately six months and it does not appear to be expanding much. Otherwise, it looks okay.

(Obtained at B&B Cactus Farm in Tucson, January 2007.)

Cactus Stenocactus
Latin Name: Unknown

This unnamed cactus is the very first one I obtained. During the early days when it was just Joel, Mark and myself on the Cactus Forum in 2006, Joel generously sent me this cactus as a gift.

I am pleased to say it has done quite well. The squiggly skin on the outside make it a fascinating one!

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Hedgehog Cactus Variation
Latin Name: Echinocereus sp.

This cactus is the one I am most concerned with. Brown shades and spots are on it, and I don't know what to do. Am I watering it too much? Too little? Does it need more sunlight?

I obtained this cactus in January 2008 and it is the only one among the six to ever bloom. The photo below was taken in March 2007 ... Notice how plump and green it was ten months ago!

Cactus in Bloom

(Obtained at B&B Cactus Farm in Tucson, January 2007.)

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