Cactus Rot: Identification + How to Save a Rotting Cactus

Cactus Rot: Identification + How to Save a Rotting Cactus

Cacti are remarkably easy to care for in their right growth conditions. However, rot is a common problem in cactus plants which is caused by overwatering, poor soil drainage, fungal infections, or pest infestations. When a cactus starts rotting, it typically loses its vigor and may die in a couple of days. It is possible…

Totem Pole Cactus – Care and Propagation Guide

Totem Pole Cactus – Care and Propagation Guide

The totem pole cactus (Pachycereus schottii var. monstrosus) also known as the monstrous whisker cactus is a slow-growing cactus native to the desert regions of mainland Mexico, Sonora, and the Baja California peninsula of Mexico where they tend to grow in colonies on rocky hillsides. It is a spineless variant of the senita cactus (pachycereus…

Silver Torch Cactus: Care and Propagation Guide

Silver Torch Cactus: Care and Propagation Guide

The Silver Torch cactus (Cleistocactus strausii) also called Wooly Torch or the Snow Pole cactus is a columnar succulent native to mountainous regions of Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, and Argentina. It is abundant in its native habitat since it has no threats to its survival. Silver torch cacti have spectacular features that make them attractive plants…

The Pincushion Cactus: Care and Propagation Guide

The Pincushion Cactus: Care and Propagation Guide

The pincushion cactus is a member of the Mammillaria genus comprising over 200 species. They are native to various countries, including Mexico, the USA, The Caribbean, Honduras, Guatemala, and Colombia. Related species are the old lady cactus, the owl’s eye, and the fishhook cactus. Mammillaria is great cacti to add to your indoor plant collection….

The Monkey Tail Cactus: Care and Propagation Guide

The Monkey Tail Cactus: Care and Propagation Guide

Monkey tail cactus, also known as Cleistocactus Colademononis or Hildewintera Colademononis, is a rare species native to the Bolivian countryside in Santa Cruz. It has long stems with white and soft, hairlike spines, which define its name. This cactus commonly grows on steep rocks and cliffs in the wild with stems hanging downwards. It is…

Dog Tail Cactus – Care and Propagation Guide

Dog Tail Cactus – Care and Propagation Guide

Dog tail cactus (Strophocactus testudo), also known as Pitaya De Tortuga, is an epiphytic plant with long tail-like trailing stems dotted with tiny spines. It is native to tropical South American forests and grows on tree branches.  This plant blooms in summer or early fall, producing fragrant white flowers that open at night. It is…

Homemade Rooting Hormone – How to Make and Use

Homemade Rooting Hormone – How to Make and Use

Rooting hormone is a chemical substance applied to plant cuttings to stimulate faster and strong root development. The product also protects against fungal and bacterial infections that may affect the formation of new roots on the cuttings. While rooting hormones are perceived to increase the success rate of a propagation process, they are rarely essential,…