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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Baaaaaby cacti


The bloke and I share a passion for plants. I favour cacti because they come in such a bizarre variety of forms, and for their extensive array of weaponry. This winter, we acquired some seeds and propagators. This spring, we were rewarded with a flourishing crop of tiny cacti whose spines have the delicate transparency of ice crystals. The plants pictured above are about the size of the nail bed on my littlest finger.


Baaaaaby Groucho cacti


I particularly like Groucho Cactus, who looks as though he's lent his moustache to his neighbour to protect his modesty.
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[User Picture]From: ursarctous
2009-04-07 20:44 (UTC)
oh my god, they're amazing! we have some seeds, but i'm too scared to plant them; i managed to mess up growing cress a couple of months ago, and i just killed my years-old poinsettia, so i'm not very plant-confident at the mo.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-08 12:47 (UTC)
For the seeds, get some propagators like these off Amazon. They're very easy to use. Just fill with compost and keep them really wet!

I sympathize. I managed to kill my lithops a few weeks ago after keeping him really happy for over a year. There's another plant in my room (not a cactus) that's determined to die a slow horrible death too. It's got exactly three leaves left, and I'm running out of ideas about how to save it.
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[User Picture]From: ursarctous
2009-04-08 13:15 (UTC)
have you given it a good pruning? my poinsettia died once before but a prune brought it back to life. this time i think perhaps i pruned too much, though. whoops.


prune, prune, prune. what a lovely word.
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2009-04-07 20:59 (UTC)
I was thinking they looked like frosted grapes. Those are really wonderful plants.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-08 12:40 (UTC)
What a delicious description, thank you!
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[User Picture]From: angelcityblues
2009-04-07 21:22 (UTC)
neat!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-08 12:42 (UTC)
I can see why people get plant-obsessed. It's not exactly an adrenaline-fueled hobby, but it's so rewarding.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-09 10:15 (UTC)
They grow so slowly that I shall be surprised if they reach the size of my thumbnail by the end of the summer. I want to see how their spines evolve, too, because these have rows of them going down their sides when they're adult.
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2009-04-09 03:29 (UTC)
little plantses! i've embarked on my yearly quest to keep a few herbs and some tomato plants alive. this year we've planted them in old whiskey barrels on the patio at the wood shop-less things around to eat them! also have something called a "topiary basil" which is super cute.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-09 10:13 (UTC)
Ooh, the whiskey barrel idea is very clever. Can you actually sculpt the topiary basil?
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