Been a while since I posted this beast. This has been looking so much better since being outdoors. I wish I’d done it sooner as it was very neglected in the past. It gets much more light outside too. It’s about 2ft tall now, and I moved it to the polytunnel for winter to stop the rain and frost getting to it, but otherwise temperature wise it’s been fine. I’ve got a bit of fleece next to it just to be safe but I remember someone telling me they are fine with cold temps #cactus
My Silver Torch cactus - repotted in a nice new terracotta pot with a homemade soil, sand and grit mix. It's had years of neglect but I've now got a new appreciation for it! I also cut off the dead stump (which you can see near bottom) - now has 5 healthy looking branches (one at the back is hidden in this photo. I popped it out on the porch step yesterday to get some sun 😊🌵☀️
No, you are definitely right their @clipperty - it looks like fine hair but actually they are fine spines. I don't think these are tough enough to break skin, but hidden amongst them are a small number of thicker ones 😫!
Here you go @KariSamuel - took this pic back in April 2016. I'm planning on repotting it this year but my knowledge of cacti isn't quite what it used to be. Need to figure out if now is good or later in spring. Do you think it's the same as yours? I have no idea what this one is 🤔 #cactus #plantid #plantid-cactus
Well, I've done some reading now and I'm inclined to agree it's not Peruvian old man Cactus as this one looks too 'tidy'. What appears as hairs, are actually very thin spines and then every so often you get he thicker ones. Another thing I noticed was that it has a number of branches off the base of one main stem, and apparently old man Cactus doesn't often branch (according to web). So I think we have an ID as Silver Torch Cactus - thanks everyone for you help, and thanks Kari for.....