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beatnikcrab

I'm mostly into cacti, aloes, and other heat tolerant succulents, and more recently hoyas and some tropicals. Phoenix, AZ. USDA zone 9b, heat zone 11.

Mammillaria

  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2021
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beatnikcrab

My Mammillaria cacti have been slowly starting to bloom. Probably would have helped if I'd fertilized. Oops! Dropped that ball. 😅

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docthrill

Cactus flowers are a favorite of mine. There texture is like crisp smooth lettuce and come in many colors and shapes. I really love your collection and appreciate your knowledge of them. This is a very beautiful picture with a lot of detail. Bravo 👏 I think that’s why a lot of my succulents are flowering, I recently gave them all a feeding.

17w
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beatnikcrab

Aw, @docthrill thank you for the extremely kind words! ☺️ You're right, there IS something special about cactus flowers. Mostly I'm impressed by how such an unfriendly and glacially slow growing plant can put out such a delicate and pretty thing so quickly! I don't grow them for the flowers, but they're definitely a bonus. 😁 I'm always in awe of your collection as well. Succulents and tropicals thrive for you in ways that I'll never achieve, although you do inspire me to try! ✊🤩

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docthrill

Thank you for your kind words. If it were not for the greenhouse I couldn’t grow a lot of plants we have. Research too was my saving grace, I was terrible my first 6 months of gardening until I did those two things

17w
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beatnikcrab

@docthrill I hear you! Unfortunately a greenhouse isn't in the cards for me, at least for the foreseeable future. I research everything as best I can, but I do always have issues with most commonly accepted "norms" (average humidity/temperature/growing seasons/etc) not being applicable in my area. Always a learning curve! 😅

17w
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philstalder

Looks great. I’m behind on GT bc it would let me see posts from people I follow for 2-3 days for some reason. Arg...🙃

16w
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beatnikcrab

Strange! I feel like sometimes I'm missing some pics in my feed, bc ppl I'm following have pics that were posted recently that I've never seen or ❤️'d. I know they don't always notify me of comments, so sometimes I miss some. @philstalder

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philstalder

Same here. Weird 🤨

16w
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beatnikcrab

Close-up of some of my blooming #mammillaria last spring!

26w
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txgardener

Fantastic photo

26w
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philstalder

That’s perfect 😍

26w
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beatnikcrab

Thanks, @philstalder and @txgardener ! ✌️😁

26w
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sherrisgarden

Gorgeous 😍

26w
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beatnikcrab

@sherrisgarden Thank you! ☺️

26w
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sunlovin

I found one yesterday. 😁 I’ll post it when it’s planted. It was labeled as rhodantha. I looked it up. It’s correct. There are several colors. 🌞

24w
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beatnikcrab

@sunlovin congrats! This one is a m. spinosissima, but I do have a rhodantha right next to it in the pot. They do come in a pretty wide range of colors! 😍

24w
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beatnikcrab

My very first cacti, still going strong. Different #mammillaria in full bloom last spring. Mammillaria rhodantha ssp. pringlei, spinosissima, nejapensis, matudae, and mystax in the far back.

26w
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philstalder

Wow do you fertilize them. If so give me the secret recipe. 😂

26w
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beatnikcrab

@philstalder Hardly ever! If I ever remember/feel ambitious enough to actually do it then I use a weak dilution of Cactus Juice, which I bought purely on the merit of it being the cheapest cactus fertilizer at Home Depot at the time. 🤣

26w
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philstalder

Oh ok. I’ve seen that fertilizer before. I heard most succulents and cactus don’t need any but I want blooms like yours dang it. Lol 😂

26w
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heatherdirtyhands

I love what they are sitting on! They are great too tho :)

26w
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beatnikcrab

@philstalder They don't NEED it, but they do seem to like it. It definitely makes a difference. I'm so lazy/sparing about fertilizing that one little bottle has lasted me 3 or 4 years. 😅 @heatherdirtyhands Thanks! It's a cast iron garden chair that I had sandblasted and repainted.

26w
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philstalder

Haha me too. I have so many bottles, bags of fertilizer designated for certain plants sitting in my shed gathering dust. Lol 😂

26w
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docthrill

That a beautiful arrangement @usgardentags here’s your winner, I mean look at it ! 😎

26w
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beatnikcrab

Wow, thanks @docthrill , that's high praise! ☺️ @philstalder , ugh same story here with the fertilizers! I'm SO BAD about it! 🤦🏻‍♀️ Cactus Juice comes in a small bottle, so I just keep it under the kitchen sink since I use it mostly to fertilize my indoor plants.

26w
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philstalder

I agree @usgardentags @docthrill @beatnikcrab

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sunlovin

This is a really beautiful collection. Neat to see them all together so you can compare all the differences. 🌞💚

24w
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beatnikcrab

@sunlovin thank you! These were my first cacti, and I guess they're what got me hooked. 🤔 It really is interesting how different, and yet similar Mammillarias are.

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