The Opuntia engelmannii has more than recovered last year’s growth after the rough winter - and it is still putting on new pads.
A recent cactus fiend
I finally put the anniversary planter together. For our fourth anniversary, Jeff picked up an awesome handmade planter designed by www.mikecone.com that we found at Redenta’s in Arlington. Next, he picked up four gift cards from some of my favorite nurseries: Redenta’s, Grow it!, Chambers, and The Plant Shed.
Needless to say I was surprised - because usually I get scowls when I bring a new plant home! Anyways, his plan was to put together a planter using purchases from all the different nurseries. Well, we made it to two of them before the planter was full!
Here is the finished result: a mixture of various Crypanthus species with Stapelia and Kalanchoe. Pretty lush, right?
Now the Chelinidea vittiger have attacked my Santa Fe cholla, Opuntia imbricata v. viridiflorus. This is now all out war. I’m sorry nature, but I’m getting non-organic on these evil pests!
Hi cactguy, you sell cacti to make some income on the side right? I would like to know how you started and how it all works because I'm really interested in exploiting this idea myself. Thanks!
Asked by dalisshadow
Without giving away to much, I loosely look for something currently in the market and either (1) make it better (2) make it more cheaply or (3) make it my own. Of course, I also get unique ideas and try them out. Last fall I did planted pumpkins - and it was a one-time trial, but I continue to buy and make toy dino planters and plant coffee cups because they continue to sell.
In terms of the business side, I use tumblr (botanicality.tumblr.com), my personal FB, personal contacts, business cards, Etsy, and Square to run and promote my business. It allows me to put more time in when I can and to back off when life is more pressing.
Also, for my business, it is also far more profitable to buy and resell plants rather than growing my own.
Thanks for the answer! It helps a lot. One small curious question though… Do your coffee cup plants have drainage?
No, all the ceramic and crystal that I plant I do not add drainage - so it takes careful watering. I have some test plants that looked great even after 6 months. Everything else I do add drainage.