Friday, November 23, 2018

When Cacti Bloom

It is said that cacti bloom very rarely. Suddenly, I discovered small yellow flowers on my Mammillaria cacti. 
The Mammillaria cacti varieties that thrive as houseplants are the easiest to grow. They need a cooling period to promote blooming. 
Here are funnel shaped Mammillaria flowers in yellow, but they may be in pink, red, green and white. The different Mammillaria varieties have spines, that look like hairy or woolly ones and are either stiff or soft and in a range of colors. 



I can not actually say what the cause was to push cacti in bloom. There were no special conditions for their growth and flowering. Perhaps, I think this hot summer weather has so affected the cacti.



They suddenly started to bloom after I had planted little cuttings in small plastic cups. I disliked that Mammillarias were growing as woolly balls with a lot of cuttings which have fallen time to time on a windowsill.



Have you had the similar experience in cacti growing? When have they started to bloom?

36 comments:

  1. Well, you may not know the reasons why it bloomed, but it was certainly very pleasant to discover the flowers.

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  2. I have grown these cacti over the years and almost ignored them. It's always a nice surprise when a pretty pink or lemon coloured flower comes out.

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    1. Betty, I did not pay attention and they have suddenly flowered, so pretty.

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  3. I have never grown cacti, I love their blooms but hate their dry leaves. Of course I understand that cacti are dry :) I just don't like the look of them.

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    1. I often prick my fingers by touching cacti or separating cuttings, Jenny. Therefore, I used tweezers when I planted them.

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  4. Hello dear Nadezda!

    Beautiful cactiflowers! My cacti grows in my livingroom, and the temperature is to high so they never blooms. They need a cooler period to bloom, and they never get it here :)

    Happy weekend, and take care!
    Hugs

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    1. You're right Marit, cacti need lower temperatures than we have indoors to start blooming.
      Have a nice weekend!

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  5. Hi Nadezda! The flowers of cactus are so beautiful. Have a nice weekend

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  6. I have had cacti bloom but they are really unpredictable,

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  7. Надежда,обожаю кактус маммилярию.У меня они сейчас тоже цветут.Я их выращиваю много лет,очень не прихотливый кактус.Если поливать(редко) и удобрять он может цвести и зимой.Ей необходимо солнце,,,и маммилярия будет цвести.

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    1. Надежда, у меня они начали цвести впервые за много лет, поэтому я была удивлена.
      Удачных выходных!

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  8. Nadezda, It is because you have green fingers! that is why your cactus is flowering. It looks lovely and what a pleasent surprise. Groetjes Hetty

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  9. Hello Nadezda!
    I never had cactus but your cacti bloomed so beautifully! Wonderful pictures!
    Like the soft yellow color of the flower! Wishing you a lovely weekend!
    Dimi...

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    1. I love the color of flowers as well, Dimi.
      Hugs!

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  10. Voi miten hienoa, että olet saanut mamillaarian kukkimaan.

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  11. Los cactus me encantan. Mis cactus suelen florecer en primavera y verano. Besitos.

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    1. Espero que los mios van a repetir a florecer, Teresa.

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  12. stunning...I never saw the flowers of cactus.
    greeting- evi erlinda

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    1. So do I, Evi. It's a first time of cactus blooming.

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  13. With spines, but so cute. Lovely photos of their beautiful flowers, Nadezda!
    When I was a child, my mother had also cacti and they bloomed well. I have never tried, maybe I should.
    Have a happy week ahead!

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    1. I'm glad you liked my photos of spiny cacti, Sara.
      Hugs!

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  14. Your cacti blooms are beautiful Nadezda and such a rare treat! They must be getting the perfect combination of sunlight and water.

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    1. Summer was enough hot, cacti grew having a bit of water, Lee, because I'd been living in the summer cottage. Perhaps these conditions pushed them in bloom. You're right - this is a rare treat.

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  15. I have never grown cacti, I think their blooms can be quite beautiful.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hello, Jan!
      Yes, it's amazing. Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. What a beautiful flower. I had a cactus that gave some identical flowers but in pink.
    Your city Saint Petersburg, is fascinating. I was enchanted by everything we saw.
    All the best
    Maria
    Divagar Sobre Tudo um Pouco

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    1. Mammillaria in pink? I can imagine how pretty your cacti were.
      Glad you liked your visit in Saint Petersburg, Maria.
      Hugs!

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  17. Очень красиво.
    У меня были проблемы с шипами; У меня больше нет кактусов.

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