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    How to Grow Cereus — Queen of the Night

    Cereus (or Selenicereus)–commonly called Queen of the Night–are climbing cacti known for their large white night blossoms. Cereus has vine-like, spineless stems and produces super size flowers 12 inches long and 8 inches wide. The blossoms open after midnight and are usually limp and faded the following morning. You may find Cereus under the name […] More

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    How to Grow Christmas Cactus — Schlumbergera

    Schlumbergera–commonly known as Christmas cactus– is a popular holiday houseplant that features flat, sectioned branches that cascade down, and when in flower, terminate in tubular-shaped blooms in shades of pink, lavender, or white. Plants bought near Christmas have typically been “primed’ to flower then, hence the common name. Schlumbergera benefits from bright, indirect light, and […] More

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    How to Grow Optunia – Prickly Pear

    Opuntia is a cactus genus with three distinct groups based on growth form: the prickly pears that have flat-jointed pads, one growing out of the other; the tall cylindrical-jointed chollas; and the dwarf species with globular or cylindrical stems. Most Optunia species grow rapidly and are free-flowering with blooms of yellow, white, orange, purple, or […] More

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    How to Grow Ferocactus – Barrel Cactus

    Ferocactus–commonly called barrel cactus–is a genus of more than 30 species of cacti that are generally spherical when young, and later becomes columnar and grow to 13 feet (4m) tall. Ferocactus are noted for its colored spines which may be hooked or straight. Ferocactus bears flowers at the crown of the plant. Flowers can be […] More

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    How to Grow Rhipsalis – Coral Cactus

    Rhipsalis is an epiphytic cactus with thin, crisscrossing stems that weave in and out of each other. Rhipsalis’ unique branching habit gives it the nickname coral cactus; the weaving undulating pattern looks much like coral. Because Rhipsalis is an epiphyte that commonly grows and hangs in trees, it is also sometimes called mistletoe cactus. Rhipsalis […] More

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    How to Grow Coryphantha Cactus

    Coryphantha is a pincushion cactus that resembles Mammillarias, perhaps the best-known pincushion cacti. Unlike Mammillaria, however, Coryphantha is globular or cylindrical in form. Coryphantha grows to 12 inches (30 cm) tall and 4 inches (10 cm) thick. Coryphantha cluster in mounds and often become columnar with age. Coryphantha are free-flowering. They produce large, showy flowers […] More

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    How to Grow Mammillaria – Pincushion Cactus

    Mammillaria–commonly called pincushion cactus–is a very large genus of cacti. There are many shapes, sizes, and colors. Some are solitary plants, some are clustering groups. Some have soft bristles, some have thorny hooks. Some are crowned with a few single flowers, some are adorned with a circle of flowers. Most Mammillaria are small, globular, or […] More

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    How to Grow Discocactus – Melon Cactus

    Discocactus is a barrel-shaped cactus that grows no taller than 6 inches high. It has a wide and round body with many ribs and thick spines. Discocactus bears large whitish, funnel-shaped flowers that open at night. Discocactus are demanding and difficult to grow. They want an airy and warm bright location. The soil must be […] More

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    How to Grow Melocactus – Melon Cactus

    Melocactus–commonly called melon cactus or turk’s cap cactus–are heavily ribbed and heavily spined cactus that have globular or longish bodies. Melocactus form, bristly, felty cephalium (similar to a wool cap) which stands more than 3 feet taller than the body of the cactus. Cephalium is a colorful structure of colorful wool and bristles at the growing […] More

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    How to Grow Aporocactus – Rat’s Tail Cactus

    Aporocactus is a spiny long-stemmed, tailing cactus with leafless green stems. This creeping, slender cactus is nicknamed rat’s tails. Aprocactus is sometimes called a climbing cactus but it might better be described as a hanging or trailing plant. These spiny plants have aerial roots. The stems dangle or cascade down to 3 feet (1m) or […] More

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    How to Grow Hylocereus – Climbing Cactus

    Hylocereus is a tropical climbing cactus with brilliant flowers. Hylocereus is weak stemmed; their aerial roots need trees, fence posts, trellises, or other objects to cling to. Hylocereus is hardy to just 50℉ (10℃). Hylocereus must be protected from cool breezes and cold. They thrive in warm areas in partial shade. Hylocereus bear large, nocturnal […] More