Native to Brazil the easter cactus blooms in late winter and early spring. Sometimes novice gardeners mistake the growths on top of grafted cacti including the famous red cactus ball Gymnocalycium mihanovicii friedrichii Rubra also Hibotan for flowers but theyre actually a colorful cactus grafted onto a green cactus.
Euphorbia probably look the most like cacti.
Little cactus with flower on top. This flowering cactus variety is stumpy with long and unique curly spines. My Old Lady Cactus aka Mammillaria Hahniana has a baby offset and carries a ring of small flowers around the top of her head. As you progress in you cactus knowledge youll be able to spot a fake from a mile away because youll know what a cactus flower is supposed to look like.
Youll have several from which to choose. The following photos will allow you to identify cacti and other succulent plants. Quality cactus soil should be composed of one part potting mix one part washed sand and one part coarse gravel.
This petite cactus only grows to 6 inches tall and blooms with white flowers. It produces large pink flowers and is one of the best flowering cactus plants on the list. If your cactus does not grow or flower for a long while it is a sign that its soil needs to be changed once again.
I believe the cactus in the picture is a grafted cactus. The colorful red top the sicon is Gymnocalycium mihanovichii the name refers to the flower buds bearing no hair or spines. Belonging to the botanical genus Opuntia these cacti bear showy flowers that are often yellow although some species produce white pink orange or red flowers.
And Ferocactus spp are plump round cacti that come from the North American desert southwest. So the colored part is not a flower but a plant. Although there are many types of cactus with red flowers in the home environment you may have to trick your plant into blooming.
The plants spines are stacked on top of each other giving it a unique shape. Christmas Cactus Schlumbergera bridgesii. Most cactus plants are happy to be planted in the same container for many years.
What is more Euphorbia plants secrete a white fluid that contains latex and cacti dont have that in the stem. A Christmas cactus is a popular Christmas plant during the festive season. The lower green cactus host portion can be any number of species but is usually a Hylocereus cactus.
Ladyfinger cactus also called gold lace cactus is a sweet addition to a succulent garden. The Brazilian coastal plant known as an epiphyte grows on top of other plants trees or rocks and there are two. There are pink tinted cactus and those that just have pink blooms.
I only know the colourful cactus by the name Albino Cactus which Ive never really understood perhaps due to the obvious lack of chlorophyll. Members of the cactus family Cactaceae bear flowers that are noted for the many stamens in their centers. Their flowers are also often small and cacti have mostly large flowers.
They require little water or fertilization. They live up to 100 years and grow to less than 3 feet tall. When growing cacti one of the favorites is cactus with pink flowers.
The ruby ball cactus also known as the red cap cactus is a grafted specimen. In many species the flowers are small and pink at less than half-an-inch in diameter. Click on image to view plant details.
Claret cup cacti have ruby flowers as do silver torch cactus plants. Some are small and yellow or white while a few species have showy flowers which stand on long floral tubes above the plant. Red tones are most common in blooms of tropical cacti like those from Brazil.
Ocotillo or Fouquieria splendens. If youre thinking of growing a different type of cactus in your landscape or as a houseplant consider those that are pink. During the right growing conditions usually in the early part of spring colorful flowers will grow on top of the cactus plant in shades of pink red yellow and white.
Ocotillo looks a lot like cactus but it is not a true cactus. Flowers come from second-year growth in these axils and often form a ring around the stem. Flowering succulent cacti such a hedgehog cactus prickly pear and Christmas cactus are found in dry areas worldwide storing water in thick leaves.
If it feels papery or straw-like it isnt a cactus flower. This is the appearance many home cactus growers are going for but it can be difficult to get your indoor ball cactus to grow flowers without a lot of care. The cactus on top does not grow well by itself and thus must be grafted to the green stem.
Likewise if a single flower lasts more than 1 week it isnt a cactus flower as most cactus flowers only last a day or two at best. Barrel cactuses Echinocactus spp. Its flowers vary from whites to oranges to lavenders.
It is less common in desert succulents but does occasionally occur.