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.
Every time I rotate this monster, the spines poke right through the skin on my fingers and sometimes the other plants on my plant table. I’ve had it for a little more than two years and it’s grown from a tiny plant with soft spines in a 5 cm pot to this giant monster in a 15 cm pot. It’s not pretty either, especially with the leftover dead flowers still stuck on it. But it’s my ugly cactus and I will protect it until it dies from old age or rot.
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.
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.
Look, might as well celebrate the small wins here. My Mammillaria elongata “copper king” bloomed a single sad flower and it couldn’t even properly fit between the spines, but this is his first ever flower and I’m still proud.
Finally a full flower crown!
I probably won’t be able to make all of the flower crown bloom at the same time, but I came close! The flowers are so cute 🌸
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!
It’s been a bit more than two months since the first flower buds appeared on my Mammillaria spinosissima “un pico” and the first flower opened today on a sunny afternoon!
Unfortunately I couldn’t get close enough to have a sniff of the flower. The spines have gotten very long and stiff since the plant was smaller.
My little (giant) Mammillaria spinosissima “un pico” seems to be holding on to its flower buds, but it hasn’t flowered yet. They’re turning more colorful, though!