Day 221: blue torch cactus

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I’m not sure I’m particularly good at growing cactuses. A favurite opuntia (that’s the prickly pear) succumbed to an extravagant infestation of mealybugs – by the time we realised what was going on, there was really no coming back. This Pilosocereus azureus (variously blue torch, woolly blue spires) seems to be faring quite well, though I’ve only just realised I should have been watering it more than I have been over the summer. Houseplants, you see, are still something of a mystery to me, and particularly the succulent ones that pretend to be super low maintenance and then go into a terminal sulk when you ignore them. So, maybe not great at cactus growing yet. I’ll settle for keeping them alive.


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Hello! I’m Andrew, gardener, writer, photographer, and owner of a too-loud laugh, and I’m so pleased you’ve found your way to Gardens, weeds & words. You can read a more in-depth profile of me on the About page, or by clicking this image.

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