Saturday, October 19, 2013

Autumn Cacti

My cactus collection is doing pretty well these days, despite no direct sunlight for the past 2 years. Just sheet-filtered southern exposure, not the best conditions but that's the way it goes sometimes.

 



 
              My whale-tongue agave has gotten rather large, so it gets relocated to spread out.

 
 New growth on all of them, a little gangly but I'll take it.
 

               With the big agave out of the way, the others can be moved closer to the window.


My 'Torch Cactus', Trichocereus grandiflorus hybrids still has these weird "tentacles" coming out of it for about 4 months now. All they do is get longer and increase in number...


...so far they look like this with no sign of turning into blooms. Very interesting, but I wish I knew what's going on. The anticipation is kinda fun though, "Adventures With Housplants" I suppose.

 
After seeing a Fishook Barrel Cactus cactus (Ferocactus wislizenii) that my friend in Texas has, I decided I needed one!

 
Very nice! This specimen was discounted due to some "cosmetic damage", but I don't see it. Looks like a great buy to me.

 
And there are the hooks! It even has some red fruit...cool.

 
Next spring when new growth begins I plan to add supplemental lights so this newcomer can stay healthy and the rest of my cacti can grow thicker and not quite so gangly. But for now I think they are acclimating to apartment life better than I am!
 

2 comments:

Vkl said...

That agave is seriously stretching for the sun!
Btw, if that's the agave that I sent you, I mislabeled it!
That's an Agave Americana.
V.

Garden Broad said...

It is the one you set-a pup from that one, actually. Thanks for clearing that up :)