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I had a small cactus. His name is Edward. I've had him for 5 years and I took the best care of him I could, although my family is famous for killing every plant we touch. He wasn't much bigger than my palm, and he was my only little companion through college when I was living alone. This summer he started to tilt to one side. I tried to support him but when I touched his pot yesterday he just snapped in half right in my hand! I had a cactus funeral for him. I buried him between my lilac tree and my rose bush.

 

I don't know if I did a really good job for him to live as long as he did, or if I screwed up and killed him. I'm wracked with guilt.

 

Anyone know anything about small cactuses? 

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23 hours ago, Coheart said:

I had a small cactus. His name is Edward. I've had him for 5 years and I took the best care of him I could, although my family is famous for killing every plant we touch. He wasn't much bigger than my palm, and he was my only little companion through college when I was living alone. This summer he started to tilt to one side. I tried to support him but when I touched his pot yesterday he just snapped in half right in my hand! I had a cactus funeral for him. I buried him between my lilac tree and my rose bush.

 

I don't know if I did a really good job for him to live as long as he did, or if I screwed up and killed him. I'm wracked with guilt.

 

Anyone know anything about small cactuses? 

Cacti can be a tricky, since they need a lot of sunlight, a good soaking every now and then and well draining soil. I know I haven't had any luck with them! Your buddy could have been too dry or too wet for too long, or gotten a pest, or just snapped for being too unbalanced. If there was any green parts left on the plant, for example the top part, you could have technically tried to save that part of him by just cutting the dried/rotted part off and planting the "good" part to a pot (here is a guide). But since he already buried and honored, may Edward rest in piece!

 

I've been having very good success rates with rooting cuttings lately, and now I should just pot them all. I already potted the piece of monstera my mom gave me, but I still have six pothos cuttings (neon and marble queen), spring cactus cutting I got from a cottage we were at, some jade plant cuttings and so many leaves of an epiphyllum my grandpa gave me. My sister is gifting me a baby pilea next week so I should have a pot ready for that too. Really turning my apartment to an urban jungle.

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My family has always been big on plants, though I never got the chance to grow my own by myself until recently. I got three tiny little pots by my kitchen window that I'm super proud of! I have strawberry, chili, and tomato. I need to switch them out very soon though, they might be getting too big.

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When I was still living at home, my mom and I started a small garden in a big plastic tub in the front yard. We had basil, tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes, rosemary, and bell peppers, and they seemed to do really well.

Now that I'm out in an apartment, my brother-in-law and I have a little "garden" on the balcony. We've got a great big geranium plant (fantastic at repelling mosquitos!), basil, catnip, sunflowers, wildflowers, snapdragons, and some sort of grass (I planted some bird seed out of curiosity and that's what started growing).

I've even got a few small plants on my desk at work, I've got a little succulent, and I'm growing a small thing of wildflowers and another small thing of snapdragons.

I want to be able to plant more herbs, when its not so hot out I want to plant rosemary, thyme, oregano, more basil, and bell peppers.

 

Its funny because a few years ago, I couldn't keep anything alive (plant-wise), and now I've got a really nice little garden going at home and at work. I might be able to take some pictures of my balcony garden later on if anyone wants to see it (can't take any pictures of my desk, can't use my phone at work).

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I have to be honest...

 

When I was 11-12 yrs old or thereabouts, we raised chickens,and rabbits in the backyard and Mom decided that she wanted a garden.  She pointed out an area of about 20+feet square and said, Son, clean that up and prepare it...  It seemed like there was a foot-deep layer of crabgrass.  Yes, I know, it wasn't that thick, but to a young kid, YIKES!!!  At any rate, that turned me off of gardening, pretty much forever.  As a family man, we moved to a house that had a vegetable garden and we had some fun with that while we were there, but at other places, we took a family vote and my wife was outvoted...

 

At any rate, that is my opinion on gardening and I wanted to share it...  

 

Have fun with your hobby, green-thumbers!

Edited by Husky51

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I'm attempting to grow citrus in pots, because I need to bring it in for the winter. Apparently, winters in Seattle are too cold. Any tips? I'm growing them from seed for the first time. I have a lemon plant and a grapefruit plant that are still completely green. No woody stems. 

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I like plants but I can never seem to keep them alive.

 

Currently I have an aloe, the only thing that's survived me so far lol, it's over 10 years old. I also have a chocolate mint and a cinnamon basil, new additions this year. So far so good. I leave them outside on my porch and try to remember to water them every day, The basil is doing particularly well, it got huge and even flowered. Very pretty and strong smelling herb, no idea what I'll be doing with the leaves.

 

I also assist my mother with her garden, mostly weeding and watering when she's away.

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On 6/27/2018 at 12:44 AM, DangerousCuddles said:

I'm attempting to grow citrus in pots, because I need to bring it in for the winter. Apparently, winters in Seattle are too cold. Any tips? I'm growing them from seed for the first time. I have a lemon plant and a grapefruit plant that are still completely green. No woody stems. 

I had a grapefruit tree that I grew from seed that lived for about 6 years. It got to be about 3 feet tall in that time and had long sharp thorns and beautiful shiny leaves. I didn't have space for it indoors two winters ago and thought my enclosed back porch might be safe for it, but it didn't survive. Once it got past the first few months it didn't require a lot of care and was pretty tolerant of neglect (which is the only kind of plant I can grow!)

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My houseplants are loving the current tropical climate we're having! I have new growth on almost every plant I have, only one not doing well is this baby-pilea I got from my sister recently. I have never grown them before, so I guess I just watered it too much/little after potting it. I'm most excited about the new leaf emerging on my monstera cutting I got from my mom! 

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My apartment is on ground level so there is small yard. I planted pumpkin there in this year but that place don't gain much sunlight...

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My BF promised to make a date of it and take me to the plant show that's gonna happen at the end of the month. So excited! I'm really interested in this one because supposedly they're going to have some medicinal plants available and I'm saving up to splurge big time.

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I've had a monstera plant for years now that was originally grown from a branch of my mother's monstera when I was a kid. While I was living away for my studies I ended up having an issue with fungus gnats at one point after buying a new flaming katy from the local store. In the end, I got rid of the gnat problem by changing the dirt on all my potted plants and covering the surface layer of the dirt with some decorative gravel to make the topmost layer less attractive to the insects. The sad part is though, that when I was washing the roots of my monstera to get rid of any lingering dirt I accidentally snapped it in half. Given that I had had the plant for about 10 years or so, I was quite devastated at first. However, following my mother's advice of replanting the part with roots and letting the part with leaves grow new roots in a container of water ended up saving the situation. Now I actually have two monsteras given that both halves of the plant survived the ordeal. The resilience of some plant species never ceases to amaze me.

Edited by Nagapie

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I currently have three little cacti in my room and they're so cute. ^_^ The two smaller ones that sit on my shelf I got just recently, and the third one that's on my nightstand I've had since last year as I got it as a birthday present from my friend. I used to have one more cactus too, but unfortunately bugs destroyed it.

 

Succulents are cool too, but I think I overwatered the one I used to have a while ago since it became brownish in color after a while.

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I recently adopted two cacti (I live in Texas) and they’re so cute I could die. One’s a grafted cactus - possibly a dragonfruit stalk with a mutant pink pup grafted to the top - and one is a pretty barrel cactus with pink flowers. I’m so smitten with them. Along with my wee aloe plant I now have 3 planty friends.

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I got a cactus. It now sits abandoned on my windowsill, since apparently I don't even need to water it very often. Yay?

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My seed orders have finally arrived! Hawthorn, Witch Hazel, Elderberry, Cramp bark, Lupine, Marigolds, and a few other flowers. I'll update with some photos of everything prepared for planting in a little bit 😁

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