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Bob Stewart
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Sometimes Changes are Difficult
Goodbye Cactus Hill I'm sorry I haven't been more active in the past several months but a major change is taking place for me and my mind has been on other things.  I am having a new house built and I will be selling the property I lovingly call Cactus Hill...

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Winter, Winter, Go Away
Winter, Winter, Go Away Yes, it has been a while since I reported from Cactus Hill.  Summer and autumn have gone, and it seems as if winter will never go.  I had really hoped for a relatively mild winter.  Mother Nature obviously has no interest in my desir...

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Lithops - Summer Home
Plant  Stand  for  Lithops If you want to grow your lithops in a way so that they look similar to how they grow in nature, and you don't have a greenhouse, you have a problem.  Very few windows provide enough light to grow lithops as in nature.  This was th...

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When You Have no Greenhouse
The Summer Plant Stand It's true, I have no greenhouse.  However, I have a yard, and several parts of that yard receive ample amounts of sunlight.   During the frost free part of the year I have access to as much sunlight as any greenhouse would provide.  U...

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Fat Plants are In Vogue
Pachycauls, Caudiciforms, aka Fat Plants There's no doubt, the most popular succulent/xerophtye plant group at present are the Fat Plants.  I've been to several cacti and succulent plant shows over the past several years and the prevailing favorites on the ...

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Strange New Plants - Learning as you go.
Astrophytum caput-medusae In late June of this year I discussed planting 10 seeds of the strange cactus, Astrophytum caput-medusae.   This cactus has a very reduced stem, you really can't see it, a thick, swollen root, and long, thin, snake-like tubercles a...

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My Oldest, Old Friend
Copiapoa cinerea - My oldest plant from seed. In late summer of 1979 I purchased a pack of 20 seeds of Copiapoa cinerea from Mesa Gardens in New Mexico, USA.  I planted those seeds in November 1979.  I really don't remember how many of the 20 germinated, bu...

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First Flower on a Strange Cactus
Astrophytum caput-medusae In August 2001 a very unusual cactus was discovered in Nuevo Leon, Mexico.  The plant had a very short, squat stem and long, thin tubercles arising from the stem like tentacles.  Below the stem, and buried in the ground, was a thic...

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Growing SuperKabuto, or Something Like it.
Astrophytum x  'SuperKabuto'  (Maybe) SuperKabuto is the Japanese name for a hybrid Astrophytum with a heavy covering of white, felt-like dots.  No one knows for sure, what two astrophytum species originally resulted in the SuperKabuto hybrid.   It appears ...

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Lithops - Ready for Another Year
Lithops - Those Wonderful Living Stones The long in the house winter is over and my lithops are back outside in the sun and fresh air.  I lost three plants over the winter.  All were young plants, 2+ years, and they apparently just didn't have enough water ...
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