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The Great In-Ground Lithops Experiment: How I Successfully Grow Lithops In-Ground

In the early days of the pandemic, we all found ways to keep ourselves entertained with the lockdown restrictions. Some of us baked, some of us learned knitting, some of us got into plants...and some of us got really into plants. I was in the plants category, but it's...

How to Sex Your Euphorbia obesa (and why its so hard)

A super, super, SUPER common question I've heard and that our cactus club answers is "how do I know if my Euphorbia obesa is a girl or a boy?" It's usually asked immediately after the person has found out that our little baseball plants are generally only one gender;...

How to Grow Frailea castanea

These tiny little cacti are adorable and remarkably easy to grow. With few spines and a small adult size, plus how well they thrive in partial shade, these are ideal for windowsill cultivation. Because they also self-fertilize (even without their flowers opening!),...
How to Grow Frailea castanea

How to Grow Frailea castanea

These tiny little cacti are adorable and remarkably easy to grow. With few spines and a small adult size, plus how well they thrive in partial shade, these are ideal for windowsill cultivation. Because they also self-fertilize (even without their flowers opening!),...

Etiolation in Succulents and How to Prevent It

Etiolation in Succulents and How to Prevent It

Last week, I talked about etiolation in cacti, how to spot it, and how to prevent it. This week, let's talk about the ways we're torturing our succulents with inadequate light. Quick refresher on etiolation: When grown in inadequate light, plants will stretch and...

Growing Sulcorebutia arenacea

Growing Sulcorebutia arenacea

An uncommon genus is the Rebutia or Sulcorebutia genus, which can form small clusters of plants (sometimes just a single main 'head'), often with small, dense spines. They tend to stay small, developing large clusters over time, and while cute aren't always very...

How to Grow Astrophytum myriostigma

How to Grow Astrophytum myriostigma

These little cacti are favorites for almost all collectors; I can't think of any growers I know who don't have at least one in their collection (or had one at some point, anyway). The lack of spines, the alien-like appearance, and something about how sculptural they...