When I planted the beginning of the cactus garden back in mid-June, we all marveled that I had to remind myself NOT to do anything to it except for a light watering every three weeks. I cancelled a couple of those waterings because of our summer rains. In spite of what seemed like neglect to me, the little plants have been thriving.
Here they are in mid-September, after three months in their adobe soil (with half sand mixed in for drainage). I've put in "before" pictures, too.
|Echinocereus triglochidatus (good grief!), "White Sands" before|
|Mexican fire barrel cactus, before...|
|... and after. Not such dramatic growth as the first one.|
|Euphorbia? It was really small in June...|
|You have to look hard to see the original part of the plant. It's grown so much that it might actually needs staking, although I've never seen that done with a cactus. I like the way it throws its shadow on the adobe wall.|