Need your help iding these cactus :)

LilBit7765July 31, 2014

Hey guys was just at bordines, in fact I'm in the parking lot lol. I need your help with id's on these to. And as always........thanks SOOOOOO much!!

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LilBit7765

Here's the next one. If there's any special care out of the norm for either one your advice is as ALWAYS greatly appreciated. (And as ALWAYS they will be repotted in gritty mix with drainage holes! Lol) thanks again! :)

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 11:32AM
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spikef35

The first one is a silver ball cactus or red headed Irishman the second one i forgot the name maybe a aloe

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 11:35AM
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spikef35

Maybe this one a silver ball cactus

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 11:38AM
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spikef35

Hey i recommend your cactus mix from the hardware store look at how healthy my plants are

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 11:42AM
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LilBit7765

I went to the gritty mix so they aren't waterlogged and so I don't have to worry about rot thanks for your help with the id's :)

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:27PM
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LilBit7765

Almost forgot a WHOLE BUNCH of these were EVERYWHERE on the table and they said I could grab one to see if it would take and ideas what this is? Thanks again! :)

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 12:43PM
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spikef35

Those are thimble cactus a type of mimmaileria just plant them in some soil

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 5:42PM
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LilBit7765

Thanks

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 5:49PM
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DavidL.ca

Hey Christy I got your message, I'm guessing you're talking about the 2nd plant on this thread? I switch my plants around all the time so they can get equal amount of sun/light, so I'm not sure what you mean by closest to my window :P. If that's the one you're asking, it is a Faucaria, most likely a Faucaria tigrina. It is a succulent not a cactus, and it is in the mesembs family, so not the easiest succulent family to grow. But, it is considered one of the easier mesembs. Just give it lots of light, and make sure the soil is not peat-based, preferably have a good amount of pumice/Turface and grit for good drainage and you should be good to go. The plant looks quite healthy at the moment, I usually only water them when the leaves are a bit wrinkly, so that's usually once every 10-14 days.

Best of luck!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:44AM
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LilBit7765

Thanks! I'm going to be repotting in Gritty mix (Al's recipe) turface, bark, and chicken grit. It works REALLY well for drainage. I just bought some dowels (did I spell that right lol) to stick in the pots to see how damp they are. But I've been using my finger and going as far down as I can and it seems like after 4 days it's dry (or almost completely dry not really cool to the touch) will I be able to water it ok then if I do it every days or should I still wait? You're help is greatly appreciated and yes it was the second plant I was talking about in this thread lol

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:51AM
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LilBit7765

Watering Every 4 to 5 days sorry I messed up

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:56AM
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DavidL.ca

Sounds good! You're lucky that you can obtain all the ingredients for the gritty mix.. Here I have no such luck.

Hm definitely don't need to follow the big-box instruction of "water when soil is dry", succulents are draught-tolerant so usually I follow the "when in doubt, don't" idea more.. And especially after you repot your plants, wait at least one week, maybe two before you think about watering them. Some roots will be broken off and very prone to rot during repotting, so it needs time to callous over.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 12:59AM
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DavidL.ca

BUT, if you're using gritty mix and you grow your plants outdoor with low humidity, then you can water your plants more often. After the repot-healing period that is.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 1:01AM
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suivezmoi(8)

I like that second one!!!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 6:14AM
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DavidL.ca

Make sure you keep them at the brightest place possible otherwise they really tend to be etiolated. I got these from a nursery and it was already looking like this. Since then it hasn't stretched much more, so hopefully they're happy here. If I'm lucky I might see some flowers in a month or 2!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 10:01AM
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LilBit7765

Thanks everyone and I hope yours are happy too David! :)

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 6:35PM
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