Lucky Whack (not a Jade trim story)

wantonamara Z8 CenTexMay 25, 2014

DO NOT plant a bunching cactus in a recurved pot. I heard that and did it anyway. It has been in this pot for years and the dirt is all played out. Even fertilizer could not get their baby to bloom. It usually is covered in blooms. . I have been putting off whacking this pot for a long time. It was not a garage sale find. $, not huge $$$ but still $. I am making a cactus garden It is to be planted in it since it grows in areas colder than here. I have never brought it in.

I decided I could use the fragments like a mosaic mulch around it but I had a one thud of a lucky wack and it broke in two pieces and it is highly repairable with some marine epoxy.

Third picture is the beginnings of the Cactus garden. My trailer still has no working lights so I am bringing my dirt home in 10Gallon pots. So it is slow going and hard on my tiny hatchback and my old back. I have the hardest time making up my mind and not planting things too close together. I just found out my Cylindropuntia whipplei 'Snow Leopard' will get 6' across and 3' high. Things are just hard to visualize and it all looks empty. I think I will be planting some things and then digging them out later. I am already removing things I just planted.

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Right on! Good whack!
I really like the look of cracked pots and plants spilling from them in the yardscape. Sunken treasures :-)


    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 1:59PM
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That's a very Zen hammer hit if I ever did see one, Mara. And a handsome boy in the first pic, too. I was advising kaktusChristopher against a recurved position just the other day, so your posting is most timely. I can't tell you the number of times I've moved plants, but it's been a few - garden planning isn't my forte, but I do well with lines of lilacs on the hill.

This post was edited by cactusmcharris on Sun, May 25, 14 at 16:59

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 4:58PM
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Awww what a beautiful kittie!!!

And Cactus!! :-D

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 5:07PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Now the question is, if I glued it with epoxy and planted it with overhanging cactus and in 4 years I had to whack it again, do you think It would whack in the same spot? LOL.

Alex (pronounced (AAAAAAA-lex) is the 16 yr. old cat that refuses to age. never wash them, no fleas. I think my dried caliche that he rolls in is a magic flea powder. The fountain of youth.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 7:29PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I did FIX my pot and I am humored by the glue up. It has a certain character to it, if I must say so myself.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 12:30AM
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Kind of funny that it got glued back to recurved

if at first you suceed try try again ?

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 8:04AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I will put annuals and different plants in not that CAN be dug out, Like maybe Chives or a perennial arugala. IT is hard to glue it back different. Funny how the pieces just make the same shape.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 12:51AM
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I'v resorted to the hammer a few times myself. It's kind of fun smashing something. Almost as much fun as putting it back together. Good job. You didn't mention the name of the Cactus. Would be good to know the name of a good hardy one.


    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 6:12AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

It is Echinocerius triglochidiatus AKA Claret Cup cactus. Extremely hardy as far as I am concerned sitting in Texas.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 8:47AM
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