It offsets from the base and can fill a 25 cm pot in just a few years given the best conditions. Generally, cacti only need regular water during the growing season when it is very sunny. Across the country, you can find types of tree-like Cereus, blooming hedgehog, prickly pear, and foxtail cacti. This outdoor desert cactus blooms around late spring and produces stunning magenta flowers. close and remain closed throughout the night. Front Door Planters Recently I was searching for some front door planters that I could use to grow some flowers and beautify my front door. For example, the Prickly Pear has soft hair-like spines that can easily cause irritation if they lodge in your skin. This hairy cactus needs as much direct sunlight as possible to encourage the heaviest spines an wool formation. The blooms can sometimes form an attractive complete ring around the apex of the stems. This type of cactus looks somewhat like a large pincushion. The idea was to get some planters that were not only gorgeous but could also be practical and serve the purpose effectively. germinate. The succulent produce berry-like fruits which have black green fruits that are edible. crawl. Grow them in rich, porous, sandy soil, and let their soil dry out between waterings. It is commonly called the “Powder Puff Cactus” and “Snowball Cactus”, because of its appearance like a cotton ball as the small round plant is covered with silky white hairs. Many of them are readily available while others are a bit rare. Kept this way, the plants will show a healthy growth. The old lady is a ball-shaped type of cactus that can be grown indoors. It is quite frost resistant if kept dry, hardy as low as -5°C (some reports give it hardy to -12°C). Some types of cacti have long sharp spikes that can cause pain if they prick your skin. They need to be kept in a cool place during the winter rest (at 0 to -10°C) this is important for the flowers as well as for their health. Place them in a ventilated position; they like “wind”. Rhipsalis pilocarpa is a particularly attractive tropical epiphytic (rarely lithophyte) plant from Brazil with long hairy, cylindrical stems and white, very fragrant, flowers about 2 cm in diameter. It needs full sun exposures with ample airflow to produce dense hairs, but, as a former mountain dweller, does not care for extremely high temperatures in summer. They thrive when provided with between 4-6 hours of sunlight. The flowers are This plant is easily grown on its own roots. It supports high temperatures well. These cactus flowers can grow up to 3.5” (9 cm) long. Fertilizing the succulent is not necessary especially when Touching the plant will result in injury. The Balloon cactus is a beautiful round cactus with large yellow flower. The hairs are more or less delicate plant organs, which can perform various functions in plants. It grows among volcanic rock on canyon walls and at the foot of a hill in semi-desert. Fertilize weekly in the watering season, with a mineral fertilizer, especially in flowering. Keep dry in winter. The popular Eulychnia saint-pieana is a morphological form of Eulychnia breviflora, very priced for its especially hairy areoles, but both plants with scarcely woolly areoles and plants with very woolly areole (with all intermediate forms) are found throughout the distribution range of the species and it is difficult to classify Eulychnia saint-pieana as a separate variety.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'succulentalley_com-leader-1','ezslot_9',122,'0','0'])); It is one of the showiest Eulychnia species sought-after by cacti impassioned, producing lots of short white wool as a bed for those long spines. This hairy cactus species is also known as the ‘Cactus strawflower’. The stems are so densely hairy and conceiled that probably do not have any photosynthesis role, which is indeed supported by the leaves. produced on the previous year’s growth. Some good choices of desert cactus types for growing outside are the Arizona Barrel Cactus, the Prickly Pear, and the Old Man Cactus. that can be between 5-15 m tall. Even though the tall cactus looks like it is covered by soft cotton, sharp hard spines grow beneath the hairy exterior. Rare Succulents Rare succulents are so spectacular it doesn’t matter how many you own you can never have too many. Mammillaria boolii is a small round cactus covered in fine hair-like spines. The soil used should well-draining and will facilitate its The ‘Grizzly Bear Prickly Pear’ does well when grown in bright sunlight to shade. Cuttings grow faster especially when established in good It is advisable to put gravel on the surface so as not to accumulate moisture. It is also known as Peruvian Snowball Cactus, Woolly Cactus, and Peruvian Old Man Cactus. The Peruvian Old Lady cactus produces yellow flowers which The standard plants form branch both basally and near the top of the stems. The succulent has bluish-green stems that form clumps at the base. The majority of indoor cactus plants need to be in a small pot on a sunny window sill and get watered occasionally. Mammillaria hahniana ‘Old Lay Cactus’ is native to Mexico and has spherical stems. There is a wide variety of cacti to choose from if you want to grow this type of plant. The Star cactus has the shape of a puffed-up disc and its body is divided into sections. present even in young plants. decade. In terms of care, they do like to dry out a lot before being…, Your email address will not be published. In the wild, Peruvian Old Lady can grow up to as It is a slow-growing, tree-shaped cactus that branches off at the top over the years. It is surprisingly easy to look after different types of indoor cactus houseplants. It is quite winter hardy and can be cultivated outdoor, if adequately protected from the rain and kept dry. It is suited to hanging baskets as well as pots. As the name... Peruvian Old Man Cactus (Espostoa lanata). high as 2.1m but when growing in containers it grows to about 25cm in a whole They are exceptionally slow growers. Oreocereus celsianus, or the “old man of the Andes” is a columnar cactus growing in clumps that, in the wild, may reach and exceed 3 m of height (but usually less than 2 m tall). There are various types of Prickly Pear cacti that can suit many landscaping needs. Although in pots they do not usually bloom, if they do they produce large white flowers that open at night in mid-spring and early summer. Like all Cactaceae, they store water to survive in drought conditions and very hot environments, and tend to generate spines to defend their water deposits. In general, cacti are low-maintenance plants that can survive harsh conditions. Flowers are coloured rose-pink or yellow, leading onto spiny fruits. Due to the unkempt appearance of the shaggy white hair covering the tubular plant, it is called the ‘Old Man’ cactus. The Peruvian Old Lady thrives when planted in sunny One of the great things about having different types of cacti as house plants is that they need little watering. During the growing season, the ideal room temperature for cacti to grow well is around 70°F to 75°F (21°C to 23°C) during the day and 60°F (15.5°C) at night. This type of flowering cactus only blooms at night when the temperature drops to between 52 and 57°F (11 – 14°C). These cactus spikes can easily puncture the skin. These include avoiding plant water loss or being able to capture dew water, insect protection, or perhaps protection against over-exposure to light or adverse weather conditions. The stems can get to about 12cm wide and the entire plant grows to about 25cm tall and 50 cm wide. Support Flowers and flowerthings by using the affiliate links in my posts for shopping. When growing the succulents in containers, provide excellent drainage. Use soil and fertilizer that is prepared specially for indoor types of cacti. Of course, cacti are well-known for growing outdoors in arid desserts. Charleston. There are also hair-less adult plants very similar to P. simpsonii. These colorful cacti varieties come in vibrant pink, orange, red, and yellow colors. This cactus shaped like a ball is a slow-growing variety of cactus which is surrounded by soft hairy spines. Oreocereus celsianus is widely spread at high altitudes in Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru. Its name derives from its general appearance, hairy or woolly, being covered by long bristles that surround it and give it that woolly appearance. Rhipsalis pilocarpa is among the easiest to cultivate epiphytic cacti and tolerates neglect. They don’t tolerate living in a humid and heated green houses. It is believed that the white hairs provide protection from the intense ultraviolet light of the higher altitudes and is also equipped with “antifreeze chemicals” in its sap that make it somewhat frost resistant. This cactus species flowers during winter time, which is why it is called the Christmas cactus. Native to Texas, the Star cactus (Astrophytum asterias) is a small type of round cactus that some say resembles a sea urchin. The Old Man Cactus takes very long to flower up to 10-20 The stems can grow in clusters and reach a height of between 16 and 52 ft. (5 – 15 m). This plant grows on the high puna region in dry valleys, rocky slopes among grasses and low bushes in high elevation tropical alpine habitats. “Mammillaria bocasana (Powder-puff Cactus; Snowball Cactus) – cultivated”, “Opuntia polyacantha var. There are actually a number of types of cacti in the Schlumbergera family, with the Christmas cactus being just one. The succulent is sun-loving and should be positioned in a place that has bright sunlight to shade. (1). The best time to propagate is during Spring or early summer. Different species of cacti in the Schlumbergera genius flower at different times of the year. Popular indoor varieties of cacti include Bunny Ears, Christmas cactus, Moon cactus, and the Balloon cactus. They are some of the most difficult cacti to grow from their own roots, cultivated only by expert cactus enthusiasts. The spines are used to make fishhooks in Mexico. This type of cactus houseplant looks comical with its green pads that resemble rabbit’s ears. Since they are rapid growers and need plenty of space for their roots, repotting with fresh potting-mix should be done every other year or when the plant has outgrown its pot. The old lady cactus is not toxic. The stems are covered by thick long, gray spines that point Wear gloves and any This large cactus, the Balloon cactus, certainly lives up to its scientific name, the Parodia magnifica – Many describe the appearance of this round cactus as magnificent. Another tall variety of cactus is the Old Man Cactus (name: Cephalocereus senilis) which is covered with a “wooly” white coat. The plants sold as ‘forma multilanata' are very woolly, with yellowish flowers. The plant survives outside without protection in winter (cold hardy to -2°C) but is then somewhat prone to rot, too. promotes the growth of its hair spines. For this reason it is frequently grafted on strong hardy cactus stock like Opuntia and Echinocereus. The succulent However, as with most cacti, the Bunny Ears cactus is slow-growing and a small type of plant will take a few years to reach this height.