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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Cactus Corner - Final Part

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These are the whole cactus collection which I have in my balcony.
These are Tiger Jaw - they tend to shriveled up when lacking water but they also end up rotting when in contact with too much water - I had 3 pots of these but manage to rescue only one.

I had rescued this plant & manage to separate it into two potted plants. These are dyckia -easily confused with agaves (from the bromeliad family), they are tightly connected with each other and so it really took a lot of effort to separate them.
I guess the previous gardener gave up and threw away this spiky plant as the roots are no longer able to be in contact with any soil medium.
(The existing roots just hover above this ball of "porcupine")
I manage to separate one piece after a long tug or war (almost gave up) and they are doing well so far.

Followed by the Jade Plant given to me as gift from a friend who visited Cameron Highland few months ago. I asked him for a tea plant as Cameron Highland is very famous for it but somehow I guess the lack of time and all he got a substitute for me.
I have been watchful in watering this Jade plant, I guess too much water might kill this plant.
Its amazing to note that the Tiger Jaws (1st pic) was given to me by his wife 10 years ago. That time, they were still dating and single. Talking about Garden Chronicles - Its unbelievable to draw time-line with gardening and history, Don't you think?

I got these 2 pots of cycad plant which I bought long time ago. I had kept it together with the rest of the garden plants below but somehow it was raining too long & too frequent and I fear this plant might just rot with all that stress.
But I realise they don't do too well without water, there was a time when it was very hot and I have forgotten to water these about 3 weeks and all the leaves dried up. Nevertheless - I watered them back and a new leaf sprouted (I still haven't got the time to trim all the dead leaves yet)
But the other strange thing is that the other cycad plant had overshot an branch with huge leaves.
Strange - Didn't know cycad can do that.

This is Mother of Thousands (Kalanchoe daigremonitana) Also known as Devil's spine & Mexican Hat. I guess this one is considered more of a "pest" than a plant. A lot of gardeners just hate it as they are so invasive just sprouting their plantlet everywhere. Many gardeners wage war with this one & I guess most of them are still fighting the battle.
I still like this one very much - more to do with the reason of lack of care & I mean literally. This one is going in a small sealed pot. I had placed these babies here and they have grown. I guess the heat had given them the stripes and spots - more like a leopard, don't you think?
Do place your extra mother of thousands on rooftops where the sun shines and that they only have access to water by the rainfall. You will have the wild side of this mother.
And finally the Mother of thousand together with the Basket Plant (Callisia fragrans) or Spironema fragrans. I wanted to do an experiment by placing them on my roof.
Guess what - I got this result and they are doing so great after many months - and these are doing just great without any watering from my part.
The mother of Thousand had "migrated" from the pot - that's explains why the pot is like that.
I'm still wondering whether to rearrange and repot them but as for now, I will leave it until I got more time to work on it.
Notice that the Mother of Thousand reset the leaf shape to conserve water, they look like rosettes. Amazing isn't it?


Ami said...

I love the jade plant! What are the plants in the fifth and seventh pictures counting from the bottom?

Noelle Johnson said...

What a great collection James!

Floridagirl said...

James, your cactus garden has inspired to do a container collection of succulents in my Orchid Room. I wonder how well they would survive with reduced light under a roof? I am already growing night-blooming cereus in there, but I've been interested in adding devil's backbone and some cacti.

Wendy said...

wow, this is a great collection of interesting plants!!

Stephanie said...

Wonderful collection! I like the jade plant ;-) I was browsing this plant the other day at a home centre but in the end i didn't get it. The succulent leaves are really pretty. It is so nice of your friend to bring back this plant as a gift for you :-D

James David said...

Ami - I guess the new additional notes would help. They are Mother of Thousand & Cycad Plant.

Floridagirl - reduce light - how reduced?
But if your cereus are doing fine, then I guess most these would do fine also.

Thank you Noelle, Wendy & Stephanie for your lovely comments.

Autumn Belle said...

James, your jade plant is doing very well. Mine is in ICU now. I had put it indoors and an overenthusiastic family member overfed it with water!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Love all of them! Exotic, lots of texture, fun!

Shailaja said...

A very nice collection of cacti and succulents. The new leaf amidst dried ones on your cycad looks lovely! The plant in your second picture is a dyckia which needs watering more often than cacti.

Rosie leavesnbloom Scotland said...

James what a collection you have here. I'm impressed with how much that cyad can really cope with - I threw one out as I had fogotten to water it - maybe if I had left it alone it might have produced a new leaf.

Steve Asbell said...

that porcipine plant is actually a dyckia, a terrestrial bromeliad! Congrats! That cycad looks a lot like cardboard "palm", in the zamia family. Thanks for showing us!

James David said...

Thanks Rainforest Gardener for the information, I had forgotten about the cardboard palm - now I remember.
Also thank to you & Shailaja for the identification of the dyckia - wouldn't know what is it until now.

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments.

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