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Pachypodium lamerei flower when they're only t...

2013-08-19T22:28:48.903-07:00

Pachypodium lamerei flower when they're only two feet tall in San Diego, where they grow outside in the ground.



You can cut the flower stalk quite low--I would cu...

2013-08-08T20:08:10.208-07:00

You can cut the flower stalk quite low--I would cut it in line with the leaves or below if you want to obscure it. Most people wait until they are dried before cutting, or when they start leaning.
Aiyana



Yes, the tall flowering stalk eventually dries. It...

2013-08-08T09:56:20.621-07:00

Yes, the tall flowering stalk eventually dries. It won't necessarily rot--many people let them dry naturally and then use them as a decor element in their homes or yard. They will last for years.



Once the Americana dies, does the tall flowering s...

2013-08-05T11:19:58.707-07:00

Once the Americana dies, does the tall flowering stalk rot and die?



How far down the flower stalk should I cut the ste...

2013-07-28T16:13:17.768-07:00

How far down the flower stalk should I cut the stem and how long after it flowers? I am also wondering how to cut it.



p.s. they were both well-established pineapple gua...

2013-07-18T21:01:55.381-07:00

p.s. they were both well-established pineapple guavas. :) thanks! Abigail



Hi, I live in Tucson AZ and have 2 pineapple guava...

2013-07-18T21:00:52.848-07:00

Hi, I live in Tucson AZ and have 2 pineapple guavas in our backyard that seem to be dying with the recent heat. Do you have any suggestions on revitalizing them?

Thanks!
Abigail@ryanhood.com



I too have had several of these fascinating plants...

2013-07-10T07:29:28.251-07:00

I too have had several of these fascinating plants, but they have always died. Unfortunately, I must have overwatered as the care instructions said to water when soil is dry. Even though I watered very sparingly, it must have been too much.

I live in Pennsylvania, so I keep my plant indoors all year. Do you have any special recommendations for my situation?



Hi, I live in Cave Creek and have 4 bottlebrush (l...

2013-07-07T19:19:46.487-07:00

Hi, I live in Cave Creek and have 4 bottlebrush (little johns) that are a year in their current location and survived last winter's hard frost. I need to transplant two of them. When is the best time to do this?



Our madagascar has grown from 18" to nearly 5...

2013-07-07T07:38:09.215-07:00

Our madagascar has grown from 18" to nearly 5' in the past three years. It seems very healthy except for leaves curling and turning black at the tips. New growth comes out bright green and shiny; then, when they reach 2 to 3 inches long, the tips start turning black. Some of the older leaves have started crinkling and turning black at the tips too. We have not changed the plant's location or watering schedule. Any ideas??? Thanks!



It may take a year or two to see flowers, but well...

2013-06-16T11:46:24.405-07:00

It may take a year or two to see flowers, but well worth it. Good luck!



Kelly, You may see a stalk as it grows. Only time ...

2013-06-16T10:06:43.418-07:00

Kelly,
You may see a stalk as it grows. Only time will tell if that would happen indoors, which is more unpredictable than an outdoor plant. You may want to experiment with one of the babies--put it in another pot--just let it rest on the top of the soil and it will root. As it grows, take it out in the summer and let it stay there until it gets cold and rainy. Perhaps you will eventually get a stalk. The good thing about this plant is that you will have an endless supply of babies to experiment with.
Aiyana



I'm so sorry to hear that Aiyana, prayers to y...

2013-06-16T05:17:18.523-07:00

I'm so sorry to hear that Aiyana, prayers to you for healing.



I received a cutting in a Dixie cup at Christmas, ...

2013-06-15T22:58:09.195-07:00

I received a cutting in a Dixie cup at Christmas, so I put it in a terra cotta planter and set it in a south-facing window. I'm in Portland Oregon, and I knew it would be too cold to take outside. Now it's about 6- or 7" high, and the top set of leaves are getting babies! Since it will need to stay indoors here, will I ever see these fabulous blooms I've been reading about? I'm just in love with this plant!



I live in Montana, and have had my Madagascar palm...

2013-06-09T11:56:22.572-07:00

I live in Montana, and have had my Madagascar palm for over 20 years. It is just under six feet tall and is getting it's first flowers this spring. I have a sunroom and the temperature is between 45 -65 degrees all winter, so it is dormant and rarely gets water then, but leafs out in the Spring and grows well.



My pleasure. I actually learned about it from an e...

2013-06-06T18:41:13.440-07:00

My pleasure. I actually learned about it from an episode of the documentary show called 'Survivor Man'. He pointed some out in the south American US desert (i forget which state)and proceeded to eat them and talk a little about them. The species he found in the desert was Mammillaria prolifera, but I have not been able to find it for sale locally so far, which is a shame because I think the fruit is the largest on that one. But doing some research I discovered that Mammillaria muehlenpfordtii grows the same tasty fruit, only smaller. They look like small red chili peppers when the flowers die and fall away, you will know they are ready to pick when they begin to noticeably protrude from the cactus and they come free easily when you grab the end and are able to remove them with almost no pulling. They really are quite good. They are almost like a cross taste wise of a strawberry and a kiwi. give it a try =)



My pleasure. I actually learned about it from an e...

2013-06-06T18:40:17.824-07:00

My pleasure. I actually learned about it from an episode of the documentary show called 'Survivor Man'. He pointed some out in the south American US desert (i forget which state)and proceeded to eat them and talk a little about them. The species he found in the desert was Mammillaria prolifera, but I have not been able to find it for sale locally so far, which is a shame because I think the fruit is the largest on that one. But doing some research I discovered that Mammillaria muehlenpfordtii grows the same tasty fruit, only smaller. They look like small red chili peppers when the flowers die and fall away, you will know they are ready to pick when they begin to noticeably protrude from the cactus and they come free easily when you grab the end and are able to remove them with almost no pulling. They really are quite good. They are almost like a cross taste wise of a strawberry and a kiwi. give it a try =)



Hi Liam, I was not aware of that! Thanks for passi...

2013-06-06T15:17:31.568-07:00

Hi Liam,
I was not aware of that! Thanks for passing on the info. Where did you learn about the fruit?
Aiyana



I bought two of these and am excited to have them....

2013-06-06T15:15:06.309-07:00

I bought two of these and am excited to have them. I am new to the cactus scene and still learning, so i only planted one and have the other in a pot in case i kill the first one. I have it on the west facing side of my house where it gets full sun from 1pm to about 6:30pm. Shade the rest of the day. What surprises me is that there is little knowledge or mention anywhere that you can eat the very tasty fruit from these cacti and some of its relatives. These taste like yummy somewhat sour strawberries. The main reason I got them actually. I hope to have a long row of these for my kids to enjoy as a treat during the summer months. Anyone else here know you can eat these? Not even the local nurseries for plants or the cacti nurseries around here seem to know that you can eat these delicious fruit.



I just bought two of these. I am new to the cactus...

2013-06-06T15:09:09.185-07:00

I just bought two of these. I am new to the cactus scene and am still learning. so I have planted one on the west face side of my house where it will get full sun from 1pm to about 5 PM. Shade all the rest of the day. (San Diego heat) The other I am keeping in a pot until I am sure i don't kill the first one. What surprises me is that there is little knowledge or mention of the tasty fruit these cactus produce, which is why I am buying these and hoping to have many in my yard for my children to enjoy snacking on in the summer. Not even the cactus folks at local nurseries seem to know you can eat the tasty fruit from these. Anyone here aware of this? They taste like a strawberry to me on the sour side.



You could just replant into a larger pot easily en...

2013-06-01T13:16:30.571-07:00

You could just replant into a larger pot easily enough by removing it from its current pot while preserving the roots. If you get it out, I would make sure the roots are not winding around the outside layer. If so, remove those gently and then place it in a larger pot with a mix of native soil and cactus soil 2/3 native, 1/3 cactus mix. Put some on the bottom of the pot, put the plant in and then fill in around the sides. Do not add more to the top--keep the same level. The plant will probably have some transplant shock and may lose its flowers, but should come back in a few months.



I bought a plant at the Desert Botannical Garden&#...

2013-06-01T08:55:03.861-07:00

I bought a plant at the Desert Botannical Garden's Plant sale this year. It is growing and blooming beautifully. I have it in my front yard and want to repot it into a bigger, nicer pot but have no idea what kind of planting mix to use. Any suggestions? I should not have to disturb the roots, just place the clump into more "dirt".



Does anyone know if Roundup would kill the Desert ...

2013-05-24T17:46:18.791-07:00

Does anyone know if Roundup would kill the Desert Spoon? My neighbor is gone for the summer and I just noticed fairly large weeds growing up from under his plants. I'd rather spray than try to pull weeds but don't want to kill his Desert Spoons.



The water amount suggested does seem excessive. If...

2013-05-17T14:48:20.387-07:00

The water amount suggested does seem excessive. If I were you, I would contact the county agricultural extension service and ask them. They are the best resource for a particular region and type of plant.



South Texas--hot but humid? I think you are just g...

2013-05-17T14:45:26.782-07:00

South Texas--hot but humid? I think you are just going to have to experiment with them to see how much water they need. Potted plants need watering more frequently in the summer months--but the only way you will really know what is the best for the climate, location of the plants, soil composition and how fast water drains and/or holds in the soil. As I suggested--get that moisture meter and test until you get it right for your particular plants. Little John is drought tolerant, but it does need water--especially when potted. How much and how often will be decided by your experimentation.