Cactus Valley C&S Collection Part 3
| ||A section of the main display area showing a bunch of large specimens. The genus represented are Notocactus, Mammillaria, Echinopsis and Ferocactus. Here and there, you can find an odd Rebutia or Gymnocalycium. Rebutia or Gymnocalycium cannot be found in significant numbers anywhere in Cactus Valley. |
| ||A nice trio of mature, offsetting Mammillarias. The flowering specimen at the upper right is very beautiful. Parts of a couple of pots of Echinopsis can also be seen, along with some dried flower remains. You can never find this species of Echinopsis in bloom in the tropical lowlands... . Something about the weather. |
| ||Another section of the first picture. A number of different cacti genera can be discerned in this picture. Unfortunately the camera does not have enough pixels -- see the small specimen with dark red flowers a little above the center of the shot? A zoom feature would have been nice . Few of the Mammillarias (if it's one) have dark red flowers. |
| ||Yet another section of the first picture. A variety of Mammillaria specimens can be seen in this picture. There is a sprinkling of Ferocactus, one can be seen in this picture. I did not notice any especially memorable-looking Ferocactus, except for a single moderate-sized Ferocactus glaucescens in bloom. |
| ||Another view of the main display section. The circular display of Echinocactus grusonii can be seen on the left side of the picture. |
The collection of large plants look awesome, but remember that specimens of this size are likely to be over 10 years old. Young plants you buy will not reach this size for a while, so unless you buy big ones for starters, you might have to pass on some plants like heirloom bonsais.
| ||A close-up of the middle section of the picture. There are a few specimens of Ferocactus in this picture. I did not see any Ferocactus with very thick or brightly coloured spines. BTW, one of the ribbed plants in the picture seems to be an Astrophytum ornatum. I did not even notice it when I was there... see if you can spot the plant. |
| ||Even more Mammillarias. These are elongated, prostrate species. They grow long and flop over to the ground. If you have one of these, it's no use trying to keep them vertical. |
Try these on aquaculture, and they will grow very fast. You will get a foot-long specimen in less than two years. They are as vigourous as the larger Notocactus species.
| ||Some of the plants, in a close-up from the previous picture. They appear to be Mammillaria matudae. Well, some are flowering, but no multiple rings of flowers. If you have one of these, beware of bugs on the underside of the plant. The bugs would be shielded from an overhead spray of water. Not a very good choice if you are lazy like me and rarely provide attention to individual specimens. |
| ||One of the few stands of columar cactus plants. This is probably a token representation. The stand of Cleistocactus looks much better than these plants. I doubt that they are growing properly, because columar cacti normally have a more extensive root system in order to anchor the plant more securely. I don't think they will grow much larger in pots of that size. |
| ||A closer look at the columar specimens. I took the picture from a little too far away to get a proper single-plant shot, so the spination of this species cannot be seen clearly in the picture. |
These rows of columar cacti strikes me as perfect for an orgy of grafting; that might make the display more interesting since the plants have no hope of growing much larger.
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