Hi all! Here is a desert cactus fairy garden that I put together recently. I’m missing those warm, summer days, and needed something to remind me of bright sunshine. I suppose I shouldn’t call it a ‘fairy’ garden. There are no fairies living here. Even the cow died and left it’s skull. But there are live plants.
There is one succulent and the rest are cacti. They both have short roots, so this shallow bowl is the perfect planter for them.
This cactus is about the ugliest looking one I’ve ever seen. Yet it’s so interesting. The nursery where I got it did not have a name tag. I did some researching and think it’s an Austrocylindropuntia Subulata Montrose. If anyone knows for sure what it is, please let me know in the comments. I can’t wait to see what this thing grows into.
The next two photos show different varieties of Echinocactus Grusonii. They are commonly known as ‘white barrel cactus’. In their natural setting, they always bend to the southwest. Travelers have found that to be useful, when wandering around lost. I guess that was before they had cell phones and GPS.
Cacti should come with a warning label. When planting cactus take care and wear gloves. A few years ago I accidentally pricked one of my fingers with a cactus needle. The pain was excruciating. Eventually the area went numb, and stayed numb for several weeks. I was afraid it would never heal. There’s no doubt that it caused damage to one of the nerves. Non-permanent damage anyway.
Use Cactus soil, don’t water too much and keep them in a warm, sunny place. You might consider investing in a moisture meter. Many sites claim to only water once a month, but in my house they dry out faster than that.