Cactus Valley C&S Collection Part 2
| ||The Mammilaria section. Or rather, one of the Mammilaria sections. Some of the Mammillaria specimens are mixed with other genera, but the Mammillaria display can be broadly divided into solitary, offsetting or elongated. Most of the specimens consist of only a few species -- there are a whole lot of duplicates of certain species. |
| ||A close-up of the centre of the photograph. Many of the solitary Mammillaria specimens are flowering. The flowers come in several shades of magenta to red. Very few specimens have deep red flowers, however. While there are a lot of duplicates, many gems can be found amongst generic specimens. For example, only a few Gymnocalyciums can be found, scattered all over the place. |
| ||A closer look at the section of solitary Mammillarias. Very nice, eh? From this picture and the ones above, you can see that the soil has rather coarse particles, like gravel or coarse sand. There are collectors who swear by such a mixture, and others who say a richer soil is just as good. Me, I don't want to waste time mixing soil, so I buy a reasonably suitable and convenient bag of soil. |
| ||A section of the main display area containing a mixed bag of species. A number of columar species can be seen, including what appear to be a couple of hairy Cephalocereus. The management clearly does not have the hots for columar types, hence the emphasis is on globular species. |
| ||This is one of the many Notocactus leninghausii that seem to have dried flower remains. I did not see any open Notocactus leninghausii blooms, however. |
The surrounding columar specimens are mostly small, which is just as well as anything that is grown in a horticultural setting would take years to grow to a large size. I wouldn't want Malaysian collectors to promote the indiscriminate collection of wild specimens.
| ||A stand of Cereoids, probably Cleistocactus. Lovely, and there is very little bug damage or damage from disease. They are between 4 to 6 feet, if I recall correctly. Be careful when walking around this section, they wouldn't want a visitor to bump into or fall onto this stand of cacti... |
| ||Are these Cleistocactus? Well, let me know if they aren't. They look to be in the pink (green) of health. One reservation, though: I wonder if the pots are a little small for columar specimens of this size. Easy for me to say... I wouldn't want to be the person to transplant these plants . |
| ||More Mammillarias. A whole sea of them, in fact. One wonders why there is a need to display so many broadly similar species. Only a few narrow sections of Cactus Valley are landscaped as cactus gardens. Then again, the objective is not botany or horticulture, is it? The aim is really to induce cactus fever. I wish there were a few identification tags, though, if only to identify the different genera of cacti and succulents. |
| ||A close-up of the picture above. A few are in bloom. Nice, but the danger of having large elongated specimens is that bugs can hide under the stems or in places where sprayed water would not get at them. Better to have a more sparse arrangement where the health of each plant can be checked easily. If you want to pack your plants tightly, be prepared to wield pesticides. |
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