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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...
Growing Melocactus azureus – The Turk’s Cap Cactus

Growing Melocactus azureus – The Turk’s Cap Cactus

I've waited a long time to write about these, despite having grown them for the last 5 years and selling more than a few of them on my Etsy shop. They have a reputation for being hard to grow and finicky, something I experienced myself with the first couple I tried to...

Aloe Hybrid Update: New Additions and Growth

Aloe Hybrid Update: New Additions and Growth

I haven't posted an update on my beloved aloes in some time, and the collection has morphed making an update overdue! I have divided several and offered the divisions for sale at the local cactus club; some have rebounded quite well, while others are slower to...

Growing Ariocarpus for Beginners

Growing Ariocarpus for Beginners

Ariocarpus is a wild genus. With the rise of plant popularity during COVID, these went from a relatively niche cactus, popular among experienced growers but almost unheard of otherwise, to incredibly in demand and fetching insane prices. Unlike the tropical plants...