The ball of fluff is growing even more fluff balls. Some of the fluff has been stained slightly last time I fertilized, but it will probably grow out of it soon. All of my Mammillaria cactus have proven to grow much, much faster than all of my other cacti. It’s so satisfying to watch your seed grown cacti just fill one pot after another. I’ve had to repot this one 3 times because new pups shoot out from the base of the mother plant pretty much constantly.
The 3,5 year old Astrophytum “seedlings” have grown really big and are already in need of another repotting. They’re starting to touch and I don’t want them to rub up against each other. If they do, they might lose some of their fluffyness and it won’t grow back if that happens.
I finally found a possible ID for my seed grown cacti. It may or may not be Echinocereus pacificus. A fast growing, hardy cactus with medium long spines and sometimes in hard sunlight the top spines will turn pink or brown. If you get poked, the spines will lodge themselves deep into your skin and break off. And yes, it’s happened more times than I can count, especially during a repot.
I looked up the flowers and now I really hope this ID is correct. If it is, they should be able to flower already!
It’s repotting day for my cactus seedlings, Gymnocalycium mihanovichii and Sulcorebutia rauschii. My cactus seedlings and the Sulcorebutia should have been repotted a long time ago, even though they seem to be thriving in their way too small pots.
I chose to keep the three biggest cactus seedlings and send the rest off towards someone who might want to adopt them. All of them have been potted in pure Diatomaceous earth cat litter with no potting soil. That way, they’re easy to repot next time, and there’s very little reason to worry about root rot and overwatering.
Just gotta say.. when you mess with spiny cacti, remember to wear gloves or use a tong. Not just your hands. Let’s just say it’s very difficult and painful to remove broken cactus spines from the soft skin under your nails.
My new plant table is a bit shorter than the old table and it let’s me see my cactus from above. I just realized that my Mammillaria plumosa seedling is so perfectly round. It’s literally just a ball of fluff. The smaller pups on the side just makes it even more adorable.
The Astrophytum trio is looking so good and puffy! They tend to flatten when they need water, so it’s easy to manage.
I discovered how well these can take direct sunlight too, compared to pretty much every other cactus I own. The little fluff balls on the surface of the plants act as protection against the harmful sun rays.
My fluffy Mammillaria plumosa cv. Roseiflora (2 years and 3 months old) and unknown cactus seedlings (1 year + 4 months old) are enjoying each other’s company in the sun. The unknown cactus seedlings on the right have grown bigger than all of my much older cactus seedlings and probably need to be repotted soon.
This fluffy Mammillaria is growing pups all over. No matter which way I turn the pot, I see little pups growing from the base of the mother plant. It really thrives in this pot!
These cactus seedlings have been brought inside, away from the strong sun rays outside. They have started to yellow a bit and I don’t want them to burn completely. They should be okay, though!
I just watered these three Astrophytum seedlings for the first time this year and they have plumped up a lot. They look perfect and healthy! It still gets a little bit chilly on the balcony, so I’m being careful about watering when I know the sun isn’t going to shine for a while.