My lovely cactus
September 26, 2009 9:36am CST
I was given plant-cactus 2 years ago by my sister friends. My sister and I start our first green job- take care of the cactus. When I first see the cactus, it is still small 'baby' because it is produced asexually from its parent plants.I put the cactus in pot which filled with soil. The soil is too hard and it seems not porous when I water the cactus daily evening. My parents want to throw it away as they say it is no growing at all , but I strongly want to keep it because it is so innocent life. Next day, I always water the cactus with my full-hearted, and sometimes also talk to it. Surprisingly, after eight or night months I planted it, it bloom a small pink flower,it is cute to see it. I am very satisfied with my task of take care of it that times. Also, I will also gently touch it thorn, it is not so sharp,and I hope my cactus will also feel appearance of me.. Do you also plant cactus? If no, you can also share with me about your lovely flora.. thanks for sharing!!
• United States
21 Jul 10
I have one cactus now. It's called Corral Cactus. Its form is very similer to a corral. I like it and don't want to kill it. I have it for about 4-5 months now. It didn't grow a lot but it looks very healthy and happy and I'm happy for it because it brightens my day.
22 Nov 10
The plant that's normally called the coral cactus is really Euphorbia lactea cristata variegata. Sorry that's a bit of a mouth full. It's not really cactus, it's a relative of the pointsetta, the crown of thorns and some leafy plants that grown in cold climates. The genus Euphorbia has about 1500 to 2000 species that looks nothing like each other, apart from their flowers. About 500 of them are succulents, which often look much like cacti. The normal Euphorbia lactea looks similar to a Cereus - a tall cactus with few ribs (ridges down the sides). The cristate bit means that it grows from a line instead of a point, producing a fan shape - this is abnormal. What causes this sort of abnormality is a matter of debate and some people collect cristates. The variegata bit means that it has areas without chlorophil so it's more white and pink and less green than it should be. It's probably grafted onto another type of succulent Euphorbia.
10 Dec 12
I love cacti and I have many. All of them came from parent lants my friends had. I prepare a special soil for them that has some coarse sand besides the soil. I have had several blossoms from them. Now I have some blossoms, red and yellow. Beautiful!
22 Nov 10
I've collected cacti and succulents (or more accurately, succulents including cacti) since I was 10. Unfortunately I had to start over again when I moved to Canada and haven't had the resources I'd have liked. There's a bigger range of succulents than most people think: ephiphytic cacti (e.g. Schlumbergera - the Christmas cactus), lots of small round cacti that flower, some normal looking leafy shrubs that are really cacti (Pereskia), some weird things (e.g. Ariocarpus with leaf-like tubercles or Puna clavaroids, which looks like a pile of rusty space capsules). The succulents include Aloes, jade plants (Crassula), living stones (Lithops), carion flowers (stapeliads), and some really weird things (e.g. Pachypodium, Dideria). There are big ones, small ones, ones that grow in cold climates (e.g. Sempervivum and Opuntia fragilis). Many have pretty flowers. I don't know what sort of plant bryanlee92 is talking about.