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How to Grow Copiapoa laui – the Smallest Copiapoa

The diminutive Copiapoa laui is the smallest species in the Copiapoa genus, an attractive little clumping species that is enormously underrated. As far as Copiapoa go, this is one of the faster growing species, making them ideal for the impatient among us who want...

Updated Guide to Growing Miqueliopuntia miquelii – Blue Opuntia

I first wrote about this cactus back in 2020, detailing a happy little import I'd had for about a year at that point. While my early post and guidance for growing them was good enough, I had only been growing the plant for one year, and hadn't yet imported any new...

Purple Opuntia: How to Grow Them and Tell Them Apart

If you're new to cactus collecting, or even if you're not, you've likely discovered the glorious purple paddle cacti. You might have seen them labeled as purple prickly pear, purple cactus, whatever it may be - but did you know there's multiple forms, and multiple...
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...

Growing Dudleya pachyphytum

Growing Dudleya pachyphytum

These plants are, for me, one of those 'holy grail' species I've loved for years. I haven't posted about them, or any of my dudleyas, before now because I was pretty convinced I was terrible at growing them. If I keep killing something, it seems a bit disingenuous to...