Sunday, March 29, 2009

Golden Barrel Cacti at Daylily Hills

Golden Barrel Cactus, Echinocactus grusonii, Daylily Hills Nursery. Daylily Hills Nursery grows cactus and succulents over several acres of property. They have the grounds planted out with huge, mature cacti in broad swaths up the hillside. In the picture, you can see little yellow barrel cacti where bigger bretheren were dug out for sale. The full sized yellow barrel cacti were probably 3ft in diameter and there were a lot of them. Wow. Just one is dramatic but a whole hillside is amazing! They also had some really cool ponds done with vallisneria (water celery), watercress, bluegill and catfish that were a sight to see (in another posting!).

As for barrel cacti, Golden Barrel Cacti are one of several large, barrel-shaped cacti that store water within their bulbous forms. During dry times, they shrivel down and use the stored water, only to swell up again at the next rain. They are fairly easy, if slow growing and like a well drained soil with lots of sun. They need very little water once established. They are also occasionally sold as pot plants. They are, however, not particularly pet friendly if your pet likes to play with your plants!

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