Category: Cacti & Succulents

  • How to Grow and Care for Sempervivum tectorum (Common houseleek)

    The common houseleek, Sempervivum tectorum, is an evergreen succulent that’s native to Europe. It’s one of the most common plants in the world and has been cultivated for centuries. Its easy care and durability make it a great choice for first-time succulent growers. The plant forms symmetrical rosettes of fleshy green leaves rimmed by red…

  • How to Grow and Care for Mammillaria Polythele

    Mammillaria Polythele, also known as the Toluca cactus, is a species of cactus native to Mexico (Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Queretaro). This cactus is characterized by elongated, cylindrical stems, usually erect but sometimes sprawling. They are dull green to dark bluish-green in color and can reach a height of 2 feet (60 cm). The diameter of the…

  • Night-blooming Cereus: Types, Care, and Cultivation

    Night-blooming cereus is the common name for several species of flowering ceroid cacti, usually possessing short-lived flowers that bloom at night. These plants bloom once a year and produce beautiful, often fragrant flowers that open after nightfall and last only for a single night. While the name “cereus” is often associated with these plants, it…

  • How to Grow and Care for Mammillaria elongata (Ladyfinger Cactus)

    Mammillaria elongata, also known as Ladyfinger Cactus, or Golden Star Cactus is a member of the Cactaceae family, native to the states of Hidalgo, Guanajuato, and Querétaro in Mexico. It is characterized by multiple thin, cylindrical stems that measure between 6 and 15cm in length and 1.5 and 3.5cm in diameter. Mammillaria elongata, commonly known…

  • Are There Cacti with Blue Flowers?

    Cacti are known for their unique and diverse range of flowers, but when it comes to blue flowers, there seems to be some debate. In this article, we will delve into the question of whether cacti can have blue flowers. There are no known cacti with true blue flowers. Cacti flowers come in a wide…

  • How to Grow and Care for “Brain Cactus”(Mammillaria Elongata Cristata)

    In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about the Brain Cactus (Mammillaria elongata ‘Cristata’). We’ll go over its basic light, soil, and water needs, repotting and propagation, and tips for keeping this crested cactus healthy. The Brain Cactus, scientifically known as Mammillaria elongata ‘Cristata’, is a member of the Cactaceae family, native…

  • How to Grow and Care for Mammillaria bocasana (Powder Puff Cactus)

    Mammillaria bocasana, commonly known as Powder Puff Cactus, is a spherical clumping cactus native to San Luis Potosi, Mexico It is a popular choice among cactus enthusiasts due to its unique appearance and ease of care. It has earned its common name due to its dense covering of fine white hairs that give the appearance…

  • Is Mother of Thousands Illegal?

    There’s been some confusion over whether the Mother of Thousands succulent is illegal to cultivate. While this plant can be very invasive in some warmer climates, its legal status varies depending on location. Here are some details on the matter. Mother of Thousands (Kalanchoe daigremontiana) is considered an invasive species and is illegal to grow…

  • How to Care for Variegated String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii variegata)

    The Variegated String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii variegata) is a beautiful and popular plant known for its trailing vines and unique variegated leaves. Here is a description of the Variegated String of Hearts based on the search results: It is a hanging plant with long stems and small heart-shaped leaves, similar to the regular String…

  • How to Grow and Care for String of Dolphins (Senecio peregrinus)

    The Dolphin Plant, or String of Dolphins (Senecio peregrinus), is a rare variety of trailing succulent that looks like a pod of leaping dolphins. This uncommon hybrid is not a naturally occurring plant in the wild but rather a hybrid plant, resulting from a cross between String of Pearls (S. rowleyanus) and Candle Plant (Senecio articulatus). The…