Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cactus blooms at the end of March

Many of the little cacti that I purchased last summer are starting to bloom!

This one is commonly called a "Red Headed Irishman"



This was labeled "Sweetheart Cactus", but I believe the proper name is Parodia haselbergii.



And this unusual looking one is called a Gymnocalycium stenopleurum. I love the colors and can't wait until the blooms open.


To see what is blooming around the country on "Bloomin Tuesday"please visit "Ms Green Thumb Jeans"

17 comments:

Phoenix C. said...

I love the colour of the Gymnocalycium buds! How lucky you are to be able to grow these lovely cacti outdoors!

Teri C said...

Beautiful blooms! Spring is so exciting in the desert!

Darla said...

Okay they are beautiful, but are they outside or inside plants.......how often do you water them, my girls are growing cactus and we are cactus challenged!!

Carla said...

Love the pineapple looking cactus on your header. Cacti blooms are so amazing!! Perfect names!

Diane C. said...

I like the red needles on the "Red Headed Irishman." I don't think I've ever seen any of these kinds of cactus before.

perennialgardener said...

The red headed irishman is an interesting bloom! Happy Bloomin Tuesday!

Jean said...

Welcome back! I really enjoy seeing all the different cactus blooms. Their beauty is amazing1 The red headed Irishman is a hoot! Love it! Jean

Claude said...

The Red Headed Irishman is one of my favorites... Fun little guys. I'm not familiar with the parodia... Nice little plants.

Dee said...

Thanks everyone!
Darla- they are outside plants - I tend to kill anything I try and grow indoors! I am really just learning how to care for cacti and I probably overwater them. I really tried to limit watering over the winter though, and then I started watering again in February when it started to warm up here in Arizona. Most of my cacti are doing really well, but a couple suffered root rot, a lesson to me in overwatering.

walk2write said...

Those blooms are beautiful, Dee. It's amazing what those spiny things are capable of producing. I've not had much luck over the years with indoor plants either, except for a mother-in-law's tongue I got as a rooted cutting from...yep, my mother-in-law! During one of our many moves it got smashed somehow.

Suzanne said...

I love the brilliant, bright blooms on cacti! These are so pretty!

Aiyana said...

Your Red Headed Irishman looks beautiful. My potted one has not yet bloomed, but one I have planted in the ground has been flowering--usually one at a time. Gymnocalycium is my favorite cactus genus, however, I never cared for the darker bodied ones. I just can't keep them alive.
The Parodia is new to me. I must look for one. Thanks for the introduction.
Aiyana

Deborah Godin said...

I just love the combination of spikeness and pretty little flowers! A little in-joke from Mother Nature!

Gardeness said...

I totally fail at keeping cactus (cacti?) so it's great that I may come here and enjoy yours!

Grammy said...

What wonderful blooms. I have never had on on a cactus here but mine were indoors in my climate.

Valeriannah said...

Red headed Irishman! Hee Heee sounds like my son.

Sandy said...

Ohhh love these blooms. I'm a huge cactus fan.