Category Archives: Cacti

07 Feb

Virtual Tour of My Succulent Garden – Part I

Finally, my succulent garden is in good shape; it has undergone major redesign. Before I take you to a detailed virtual tour of my succulent garden, let me show a panoramic view of the rooftop where these succulents live.

Let’s start with a welcome note 🙂

welcome to my garden

Here is a full view of my succulent garden.

succulent garden on rooftop

These are some of larger specimens of Agave plants in my collection. You can see Agave Stricta and Agave Stritata in large terracotta containers as well as a couple of Agave Guiengola in small containers.

large agave plants

Again, some older Agaves including Agave Lophantha, Agave Potatorum and Agave Victoria.

agave plants

Some offshoots from my Agave plants.

agave offshoots

This section exhibits some cacti. The most prominent in this picture are Astrophytum Myrostigma and Astrophytum Ornatum. You can also see species of Copiapoa and Notocactus.

cacti on rooftop garden

This picture shows a smaller section dedicated to Hawothias, Aloes and other succulents.

haworthia dish gardens

I use both plastic and terracotta containers for them.

succulent plants in containers

There is yet another section for young seedlings. You can see 1.5 year old Melocactus and Astrophytum from my own seeds.

melocactus seedlings

astrophytum seedlings

02 Feb

My Succulent Garden

These days my succulent garden is undergoing major changes – in fact a major re-design primarily because of a small construction project. Because of the new construction, I had to squeeze my succulent garden and give away some 475 sq.ft. of space. I am experimenting with rest of the space and trying to accommodate as many plants as I can. Here is a sneak preview of my succulent garden. I will post a detailed virtual tour of my succulent garden later. By the way, it is a roof-top succulent garden.

my succulent garden

My Succulent Garden

My Succulent Garden Part 1

My Succulent Garden Part 2

My Succulent Garden Part 3

My Succulent Garden Part 4

My Succulent Garden Part 5

Agaves in My Succulent Garden

29 Nov

Ariocarpus – The Living Rocks in my Garden

Though I am not a fan of grafted plants but I could not resist to the beauty of these grafted specimens of Ariocarpus. I have purchased and added three new Ariocarpus plants (also known as Living Rocks) to my collection:

Ariocarpus fissuratus

Ariocarpus fissuratus (Buy seeds online) is one of my favorites of all species of Ariocarpus. This grafted plant has succulent green leaves with multiple heads and is ready to flower. Usually, it would take at least a decade to mature and produce flowers. The fissures on leaves make this plant stand out from rest of the plants in its family.

ariocarpus fissuratus

Ariocarpus fissuratus

Ariocarpus retusus

Ariocarpus retusus (Buy seeds online) is the most popular species of Ariocarpus. Perhaps, it is also the most grafted and commercially grown species. It produces abundant woolly hair and flowers.

grafted plant of ariocarpus retusus

Ariocarpus retusus

Ariocarpus Trigonus

Ariocarpus Trigonus is perhaps the most common species of Ariocarpus. It germinates easily from seeds and grows well when grafted on a healthy stock.

grafting of ariocarpus trigonus plant

Ariocarpus trigonus

20 Apr


Melocactus, also called Melon Cactus because of its shape, is genus of cactus and one of the favorite plants among hobbyist and commercial cacti growers.


Photo © The Lovely Plants

As the name suggests, Melon Cactus form large globular and solitary plant. There are about 40 species of Melocactus that vary in color (from olive to yellowish and dark green) and spines (short grey or black to long red or orange). Mature plants usually do not grow in size and start developing a crown of bristles and white ‘wool’ – the crown is called cephalium. Flowers sprout from cephalium and produce red or pink fruit.

The plant in this picture is Melocactus Zehntnerii.


Photo © G. Ardisson

Fruit attract birds that help spreading the seeds. The cephalium grows slowly and can exceed the height of the body itself giving a unique shape to the plant. At this point the caphelium appears like a Turkish cap – that is why, it is called Turk’s Cap. Read More