T-rex Plants Blog

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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...

Care Diary: Myrtillocactus geometrizans and cultivars

The unmistakable, beautiful blue myrtle cactus: Myrtillocactus geometrizans! This species has spawned multiple cultivars, including the ever popular Booby Cactus, and is even commonly used as grafting stock due to how quickly they can grow. They're striking and...

Care Diary: Aloe suprafoliata, or the Book Aloe

The Book Aloe is an uncommon species that is extremely striking as a juvenile, but seldom recognized in its adult form. I discovered the species during the COVID lockdowns in 2020, and picked up a handful to grow up and eventually use as landscape aloes (and also to...

Care Diary: Aloe erinacea

Care Diary: Aloe erinacea

This aloe is a show stopper in nearly every collection, particularly as they gain some size. They are slow growing, which contributes to some of what makes them so coveted: a large specimen is often 30+ years old, usually older.  I picked mine up in 2019, and they...

Care Diary: How to Grow Discocactus chrystillophilum

Care Diary: How to Grow Discocactus chrystillophilum

I have held off on blogging about the care of this particular species of cactus as I've read and heard that they can be finicky, difficult, and tend to be quite sensitive. I've had my Discocactus chrystallophilus for almost a year now, and they're relatively small,...