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The Other Mesembs – What You’re Missing by Focusing on Lithops and Conos

My visit to Steve Hammer's greenhouses included a number of amazing mesembs that weren't the typical lithops or conophytums most people think of. Like Steve, I love these other mesembs! There's so much to discover in the Aizoaceae family, which is much, much larger...

Conophytum Eye Candy, Part 3 – Visit to Steve Hammer

As I said earlier, I took hundreds of photos when I visited Steve's, but I've cherry picked the best to post here.  Steve was a wealth of knowledge, kind, friendly, and it was wonderful to visit. His assistant, Oakes, was also extremely kind and helpful in showing off...

Conophytum Eye Candy, Part 2 – Visit to Steve Hammer

These photos are of named species that I could identify, although I won't claim any expertise in what's what.  I personally struggle to grow conophytums, or at least I have in years past. I think I tried too hard with them before; too much water in their off season,...
Conophytum Eye Candy, Part 3 – Visit to Steve Hammer

Conophytum Eye Candy, Part 3 – Visit to Steve Hammer

As I said earlier, I took hundreds of photos when I visited Steve's, but I've cherry picked the best to post here.  Steve was a wealth of knowledge, kind, friendly, and it was wonderful to visit. His assistant, Oakes, was also extremely kind and helpful in showing off...

Conophytum Eye Candy, Part 2 – Visit to Steve Hammer

Conophytum Eye Candy, Part 2 – Visit to Steve Hammer

These photos are of named species that I could identify, although I won't claim any expertise in what's what.  I personally struggle to grow conophytums, or at least I have in years past. I think I tried too hard with them before; too much water in their off season,...

Conophytum Eye Candy – More from the Steve Hammer visit

Conophytum Eye Candy – More from the Steve Hammer visit

While there were oodles of Lithops at Steve's place, what was truly special was the sheer quantity of amazing specimen Conophytum. They were all just starting to wake up for the winter growth season, and beginning to bloom.  It was interesting to talk Conos with Steve...

Care Diary: Gymnocalycium vatteri

Care Diary: Gymnocalycium vatteri

I love Gymnocalyciums, and these are one of my absolute favorites. With an appearance that looks like they were chiseled into shape, mild spines, and huge, showy flowers, there's a lot to love about these cacti! Species Description and Distribution Gymnocalycium...

Care Diary: Thelocactus hexaedrophorus

These incredibly slow-growing, turtle-shell looking cacti are one of those species in a collection that can be a clear indicator that you've encountered a real cactus nerd. They're uncommon (and slow growing) enough that you rarely, if ever, see them at your typical...

Care Diary: Epiphyllums, the Orchid Cactus

Unassuming in appearance, even vaguely ugly (depending on who you ask), the Orchid Cactus is an unusual looking plant whose true beauty lies in the huge, beautiful blooms they product through late spring and early summer. Depending on the species, they'll bloom only...

Surprising(ly Stinky) Stapeliads

Originally printed in the February edition of the San Diego Cactus and Succulent Society newsletter. Easy San Diego Growers The genus Stapelia hails mainly from South Africa, as many of our favorite succulent species do. They’re generally low-growing, spineless, and...

How to Germinate Anthurium magnificum Seeds

Continuing the theme of Anthurium magnificum this month, I also recently harvested my Anthurium's berries and successfully germinated the seeds! Most of what I've read about Anthuriums has said that they're not self-fertile, but this plant made two blooms that just...