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Tropical Garden, Batu Caves, Malaysia
Gardening is part of my life and I want to share that portion of my zeal and joy with you. These are my thoughts, my experiences and life work. I hope it enrich and add value to you too.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cactus Garden - 2013

 One of the most exotic looking plants are succulents which in fact goes very well hand in hand with cactus plants. I could go on with great length of description concerning their autonomy and structure together with their climatic behaviour and sorts.

To be honest, my intention is to share my experience in keeping them for years and in my case - keeping them successfully for years & propagating them for many more years to come.

Let me begin, I bought two succulent plants - both are similar to the type (the one on top) and the bottom which recently died for no apparent reason. I think its about 3-4 months old.

The difference - the top one: I had changed the soil medium and replanted all the pups.
The bottom one (I left it alone without disturbing its root structure. Both receive the same amount of water once a week or 2 weeks once (depending on the rainy season)
To date - I cannot explain why the plant at the bottom died unless the only reason I can think of is that the soil composition didn't agree with the plant in long term basis.

This bought this one  (below) for 3 plants for RM10.00.
(the other two cactus pictures didn't look good)

It had eventually grown very big. What I like about this cactus is that it has a hairy, furry top with thorns hidden inside it. Very elegant looking and I'm hoping to see any new shoots or baby sprout from this only species.

This succulent was rescued from the dump. The leaves didn't look like this when I picked it up. It was totally bare with few damaged leaves and stumps. It took almost a month to put up new sprouts and its totally beautiful. It has a powdery dust on the leaf surface like find gloss and its quite sensitive as they can easily snap when handled.

These are the most easiest of cactus. They had given out so many shoots over time that make-up 90% of my collection. I think once they establish in the pot - they tend to sprout out pups slightly from the trunk and eventually put out roots and fall taking out all the immediate space available within the rim of the pot.

Another favourite is the Mother of Thousand plant. Here I keep it in control as they can be a handful putting off many babies from the leaf offsets, invading the garden. They do fine here with the cactus.

This is supposedly a water planting pot where there is no drainage hold underneath it. I previously used it for my waterlilies and other aquatic plants but somehow I find that there tend be mosquito's breeding in it if I'm not careful. I used to put fish inside to counter the situation but when it rains the whole pot gets flooded and the fish washed out. Putting it in a shade has its downside where the flowers tend not to bloom - they need full sun.

And so - I decided to turn this into a Cactus Collection Planter Box.

I often see broken pottery used as creative planting medium and I have decided to do so here. This is Mother of Thousand babies fastened in between the soil and clay pieces. Hope they can stick around.

This is another type of Mother of Thousand. They don't do well in my balcony (with once a week watering)
Here they seemed to be happily sitting even without propagating themselves out of control. As many gardeners used to say that they are quite invasive.

Agave - rescued from a dump site. I had found few pieces of it and all of them survived.
I think I will skip the description of how it looked like when I found them.

Finally my very favourite succulents - Donkey Tail.
Had been very faithfully strong and able to handle the weather well in my garden. Once I made a mistake of replanting them and the whole of them died with very few survivor and they manage to pick up themselves back better than the former glory.
I would say they are so sensitive that these can be classified as "touch me nots".

I didn't realise that I have many succulents now in my garden carefully tucked away between so many plants and cactus that they can easily ignored and forgotten. And it is best that way as over-watering can kill them.
Best viewed from afar, not taken cared on a daily basis.


  1. wow, you have a very large collection of beautiful succulents!! donkey tail is one of my favorites as well, and I love your idea of using broken pottery. very interesting and unusual.

    1. Thanks.
      I too get a lot of inspiration from looking into your garden/blog time to time.
      I guess we all learn from each other.

  2. You have a wonderful wonderful collection of succulents! Noted your message in my blog, thanks for your advice :-D

  3. Lovely, lovely and lovely! I enjoy visiting your blog as you have so many kinds of plants to captivate my interest. Though I don't indulge with cactus and succulents, I love to seeing them, more so when blooms emerge. Thanks for sharing your gardening passion, James.

    1. Sorry, typo error... should be 'I love seeing them,....'

  4. can i know what is the name of picture 14

    1. Sansevieria cylindrica, also known as the Cylindrical Snake Plant, African Spear or Spear Sansevieria,


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