EUPHORBIA LACTEA CRISTATA

Also known under the name “coral cactus” but even though he looks like a cactus he is not a cactus but a succulent. I have one in my collection for many years now and he is such an easy plant to care for. Most of the time he sits happily in my livingroom but when it is warm enough he goes on vacation in my garden and he loves it. They are usually grafted on another euphorbia, it is a “rare” mutation. I don’t know why they say he is rare as you can buy him everywhere and he is not even expensive. He needs temperatures above 15 C° or 60 F°, needs a lot of light and warmth but when inside not in front of a South window, outside you can put him in the sun but start in the shade, then after a week move to the half shade and after that you can give him a place in the sun, otherwise he’ll burn. He doesn’t need a lot of water but when outside in the sun you can give him a lot more, just make sure you use a pot with a big hole in the bottom.

BEWARE, the plant is poisonous, please tell your kids not to touch it, when “hurt” he produces a white sap (like all the euphorbia’s) which give you irritation, always wash your hands after handling him and DO NOT RUB WITH YOUR HANDS IN YOUR EYES before you washed them properly !!!!

And here he is, my big boy :

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Have a great weekend all and enjoy your garden !!! Thanks for visiting !

 

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ARIZONA CACTI AND SUCCULENTS (2)

Sorry for the delay of this post, it was ment to come sooner but my father died and life was “different” for a while.

So here they come, the Arizona pictures as promised.

 

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SAGUARO’S EVERYWHERE YOU SEE

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THE BIRDS LOVE TO MAKE NESTS IN SAGUARO BODIES

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FLOWERSPIKE OF AN AGAVE

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MAMMILARIA WITH PUPS

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SUCCULENT FLOWERS, ALOE I THINK

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APARENTLY PEOPLE LOVE TO CUT AND CARVE IN THESE OPUNTIA’S, HEARTFORMS ARE POPULAR AND PEOPLES NAMES

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BIRDS ARE NOT AFRAID OF THE HUGE SPIKES

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LOOK HOW GREEN THESE SUCCULENTS ARE COMPAIRED TO THE GRAS !

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FLOWERBUDS OF THE OCCOTILLO

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I think I’ll have to make a 3rd post about this item, I’ll try to make it this week ok ?

Have a great week all and thanks for visiting.

 

 

 

 

My holiday cacti and succulents.(1)

I know it’s been a while since our vacation in Arizona and I have several posts here about our vacation but I wanted to make a special of the cacti  and the succulents I saw over there. I loved seeing them in their own habitat !

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OPUNTIA-ON- THE- ROCKS

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THE WORLD FAMOUS SAGUARO, IF YOU KNOW THEY GROW ONLY A FEW INCHES EACH YEAR CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW OLD THIS ONE IS ? THE FIRST ARM GROWS WHEN HE IS 100 YEARS OLD !!!!

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AGAVE

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OPUNTIA SANTA RITA

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AGAVE

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AGAVE

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AGAVE TEETH

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EUPHORBIA

 

 

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ON THE LOOK OUT

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THIS HAIRY CACTUS IS CALLED  : OLD MAN OF THE ANDES

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THIS IS THE FAMOUS MOTHER-IN-LAW’S CHAIR

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I think I’ll have to do more than one blogpage about this cos I still have so many to show.

Have a great week all !