Although I have mixed feelings about arid landscapes such as the southwestern region of the US, I do really like cacti and succulents. There is just something about the uniqueness of their forms, their ways of adapting to their environment, and their prickly way of saying “don’t mess with me!” IDK, maybe it’s also because I have such a prickly personality!
Anyway, I used to have quite a few cacti when I was in college, but I lost many of them to an outbreak of black rot, and I haven’t messed with them since.
I’ve recently been working on putting some landscaping info together for my condo HOA, and that has reignited my interest in growing cacti and succulents.
I’ve recently bought four (these are not my photos, just examples I found online):
A Clothed Opuntia – Opuntia vestita
A Kalanchoe Panda Plant – Kalanchoe tomentosa
A Zanzibar Aloe – Aloe zanzibarica
A Split Rock – Pleiospilos neii
Is there anyone here who loves cacti and succulents, too?
With our property, considering existing plants and architecture, the palms and succulents will not be suitable. I think we look we need to lean toward is the woodlands garden look. We also have two microclimates. The front is shady and the back gets blasted by the setting sun.
I'm really stuck on what to do with my area. I have a 130 sq ft area outside my door that is nothing but dirt and a 2-story Yaupon Holly. It faces northwest, so I get shade all day and then intense sun from 5 till 9. It also gets the full force of winter storms.
Plants that like shade won't handle the hot sun in the evening, and plants that like sun won't like having shade all day. I'm really stuck on what to decide, though I think I am leaning towards echinacea angustifolia, black-foot daisies, silver mound, and possibly wood fern in the one corner that does remain kind of shaded throughout. But ultimately I have not decided.
I bought some more today (against my better judgment).
Aptenia cordifolia variegata
And one other one that wasn't identified, and I haven't been able to find it yet in the books, but looks very similar to this one, except that the areoles are red and not white. This one is a Caringiea gigantea.
This is also know as the saguaro.
Yes, the one in the picture is, but mine is not. It's just that it was the only one they had, and it didn't have any kind of label on it. So it only resembles the saguaro, but I don't know it's real name. It is only about 5" tall at the moment, and about the diameter of a banana, I suppose.
Tiger Jaws – Faucaria tigrina
Baby Toes – Fenestraria aurantiaca (Though it's not looking good like this one. It may be too hot.)
Thimble Cactus – Mammillaria Fragilis
Elephant bush – Portulacaria afra
And this one is not a succulent, but I liked it anyhow. Kind of looks like a pot of thyme.
Okay, I've been buying more cacti and succulents. I'm outta control. Here's my entire current collection. Some are from last year. These are not my photos.
Coral Reef Chinese sedum
Green wheel sempervivium
Opuntia subulata vestita (Clothed Opuntia)
Senecio medley woodii
Beautiful. My living stone bloomed, and my chinese coral sedum has itsy bitsy yellow (ugly) flowers. But that's it for me. But this is only my second year to be messing with cacti. I lost quite a bit, actually. Mostly the succulents. The cylindrical and round cacti seem to do pretty well.
I actually don't think I water them enough. I face northwest, and it gets blazing hot out here during summer, esp with all the concrete around me.