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Desperate help needed! (ID and care)

Posted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:28 pm
by arthur<3
I am very new to the whole keeping of cacti/succulent thing, so some help with ID'ing my plants would be very appreciated thanks :)


Posted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 5:35 pm
by I like plants
You've got a nice little collection of Cacties. Unfortunetly I am no good in identifying them. But, I can tell you how to take care of them.

First, cacties love sunlight. Depending on wich kind, some like direct sunlight(ex.:in front of a window sill) and others like indirect sunlight(ex.: table close to window).

You don't need to water them to often. Maybe once a week or once every 2 weeks. You decide.(I learned it the hard way).

During the winter time, it is there period of dormance. Pretty much like every other plant. So, you will want to reduce watering to its minimum. Lets say once every two or three weeks.

Sometimes watering can change. When it is very humid, water less.(One of my succulents died because of that. The other one is fighting for its life right now). When it is very dry water a little more.

Posted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:56 pm
by arthur<3
I keep them on a windowsill at the moment and they all seem to be doing alright, for instance if you look at Arthur you can see how much he has grown since November last year :D

Posted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:53 am
by lilturtle
There are a couple rules of thumb to go by with cactus.

First off yo want them planted in a very fast draining pourous mix. I use a mix of potting soil, perlite and aquarium gravel. at a ratio of 1/3, 1/3, 1/3.

Second the les spines the less direct sunlight generally. So the nice thick spined golden ball you have would do fine in the direct sun were as most your others need dappled or bright shade.

As for watering never water more then once every 2 weeks unless your cactus is in blazing hot sn and is starting to shrivel, then water it about every 10 days...every week is just to much for a cactus even in hot conditions..remember they are a desert plant, they are very drought tolerant.

In the winter when they go into their dormancy you should only water them once a month just to keep them alive..they do not want to have enough water to promote growing..they need to go dormant for few months during cold times to help them grow and bloom the following year.

Pic #5 is old man cactus
Pic #6 I think is a euphorbia of soe kind not a cactus.
and the last pic is golden ball cactus.