Hi, Dan–I hope this picture submission works. I picked this little guy up the other day, and I’m not sure what it is! I feel like I’ve seen pics of something similar, but no luck matching it yet. Thank you!
That’s Leuchtenbergia principis, one of my favourite cactus species. They get big eventually, but they’re quite slow growing!
I’m curious as to if the brown parts on my new babies are normal cos of the season, or if they’re in need of superduper TLC. (I’ve only ever owned one cactus before and I kind of killed it by over and then under watering.)
There are also some white rock… things in their soil? Is that something to be worried about, is it normal? They were bought from a cheap stall in the market, I just fell in love with them. (They still need names, but I’m scared to name them and get attached if they’re just going to die.) Is there anything I can do to “feed” them if they need it (like any pills or formula or sth)?
Can a green witch, or just someone who knows their succulents, give me some advise? It would be much appreciated! (I can offer a tarot or pendulum reading in return!)
Hey Dan! Just a quick question. My mother gave me her old cactus today and I fear it has rot. The base isn’t soft, its actually rather firm. Thoughts? Thanks in advance!
That is corking, a process that occurs naturally in very old columnar cacti. After many years the skin loses it’s ability to perform photosynthesis and the mass of the rest of the plant pushing down on the base means that the tissue at the bottom needs to become woody to provide sufficient support. It’s normal and nothing to worry about.
In number order, they are: Mammillaria mystax, Myrtillocactus geometrizans, Pilosocereus pachycladus, Astrophytum capricorne, Oreocereus celsianus, Echinocactus grusonii, 7&8 are Echinopsis subdenudata, Mammillaria carmenae f. rubrispina, Mammillaria matudae and Gymnocalycium mihanovichii.