Growing Structural Plants – How To Use Architectural Plants In The Garden – 56

Creating Four Season Interest With Dwarf Evergreens

In garden design, the term “bones” refers to something architectural that defines the structure of a garden. Think of bones as the skeleton or framework for your garden’s look. They can be features on their own or used to move the eye from one part of the garden to another.


Garden bones can be artificial, such as an arbor or obelisk, or they can be a plant. Very often evergreen trees or shrubs are used. Evergreens delineate the garden no matter the season, standing out equally well in the profusion of summer and against a backdrop of snow.

Large-scale gardens have successfully used evergreens in mixed borders for centuries. It is fairly recent that home gardeners have developed an enthusiasm for including them in more modest garden designs. Part of the popularity of using evergreens as the garden’s bones is due to the wonderful variety of dwarf evergreens currently on the market.

Desert Plants Of Avalon

Hi Guys 😀 In this Cactus care Blog I am talking about the very unusual and very wacky and yes a little bit naughty of a cactus called Myrtillocactus geometrizans var. ‘Fukurokuryuzinboku’ also known as ‘The Booby Cactus’

I have made a special How To Care for video on Myrtillocactus geometrizans var. ‘Fukurokuryuzinboku‘ also known as ‘The Booby Cactus’ on my You Tube Channel called Desert Plants of Avalon and I have linked the care video at the end of this Blog 😀

Myrtillocactus geometrizans cv. Fukurokuryuzinboku, Myrtillocactus geometrizans

Myrtillocactus geometrizans, Myrtillocactus geometrizans cv. Fukurokuryuzinboku, also known as Blue Candle Booby cactus, Breast Cactus, Titty Cactus.

Myrtillocactus geometrizans Fukurokuryuzinboku is a monstrose cultivar of the more commonly seen Myrtillocactus geometrizans, but this Cactus has more unusual shaped ribs along with areoles that resemble nipples making this cactus appear like it has little breasts in appearance, this is why this cactus is often nicknamed as ‘The Booby Cactus’ or ‘Titty Cactus’.

Myrtillocactus geometrizans Fukurokuryuzinboku is a rare plant to find for sale and is only available from specialist cactus nurseries and online cactus nurseries but is now becoming more popular to grow in cultivation, it is definitely one of the more expensive cactus plants to buy.

It is a Japanese cultivar that can grow up to 4.5 metres high ( 178 inches ) and 10 cm wide in diameter ( 4 inches ).

This cactus definitely like a nice sunny spot, however when these plants are still young ( less than 3 inches in height ) or if taken as cuttings they are best placed in a less sunnier position, however when cuttings have fully rooted and the plant is taller than 3 inches in height they love to be placed in a sunny position as long as ventilation can be provided. If grown on a very sunny south facing window in the middle of summer then a shade cloth may be placed over the window to allow indirect sunshine onto the plant this will prevent scorch or yellowing of the stem.

A very well draining cactus soil is an absolute must for these cacti as soil that stays wet for too long will encourage rot, a good quality well draining cactus and succulent soil mix is to be used and not any other type of houseplant soil. I like to make my own cactus soil up for these cacti and use a mix of 3 equal parts of Loam, Horticultural sharp sand, and Grit. Here is a video I have made for my You Tube Channel called Desert Plants of Avalon on How I make my own cactus soil and you can watch this video below:

From Spring until mid Fall / Autumn these cacti love to be watered very regularly always allowing the soil in their pots to fully dry out first before watering them again, this is a better guide I like to give to people because when it comes to watering all cacti, one size does not fit all haha, as it can depend on many different factors for example the temperature, the climate etc, but as a good rule of thumb during their active growing period of Spring until mid Fall I recommend to water every time the soil in their pots has fully dried out.

In Winter these cacti like to have a winter rest period and no water should be given from late Fall / Autumn until Spring. Its normal for these cacti to shrivel as they use up their water stores during winter and their little ‘breasts’ will start to shrivel haha ‘however if you are overwintering your cactus indoors in a heated room and notice that the cactus is looking a bit too shrivelled you can go ahead and water just enough to plump up the plant again, but avoid doing this if growing your cactus in a cooler environment e.g a greenhouse or polytunnel etc, due to the cooler temperatures and higher air humidity levels of a greenhouse or polytunnel or other outdoor structure, its better a few wrinkly ‘boobs’ than rotten ones haha, and your cactus will soon plump back up again in Spring when normal watering resumes.

Clean Rainwater is always best if you have access to it, but if not then let your tap water sit for 24 hours to help to dissipate some of the chemicals that are present in tap water.

FERTILISING :

From spring and Summer feed these cacti once every 3 weeks with a good quality cactus and succulent fertiliser. Do not feed at all in Winter when these plants are resting.

TEMPERATURE :

Myrtillocactus geometrizans Fukurokuryuzinboku can not take frost and in Winter this cactus must be kept above 10 Celsius / 50 Fahrenheit, many growers would recommend that they can take lower than this if kept totally dry over winter but personally I would not recommend it as Myrtillocactus has a tendency to scar and scab and at the worst case rot in low temperatures during the Winter months when they are dormant, especially in my climate in Ireland and the UK where the air humidity is very high outdoors in winter, if you live in a more arid winter environment and country then its possible these plants can take lower temps in Winter but avoid frost at all costs.

During the Spring and Summer these cacti can take very high temperatures as long as plenty of ventilation can be given. If growing behind glass, e.g in a sunny window or greenhouse or conservatory, sun room etc, then windows must be open or and a fan / doors etc for ventilation during very hot and sunny days.

Myrtillocactus geometrizans, Myrtillocactus geometrizans cv. Fukurokuryuzinboku, Blue Candle Booby cactus,Cactus, Breast Cactus, Titty Cactus,

Myrtillocactus geometrizans, Myrtillocactus geometrizans cv. Fukurokuryuzinboku, Blue Candle Booby cactus,Cactus, Breast Cactus, Titty Cactus,

RE POTTING :

Its best to re pot these cacti during their active growing period in Spring and Summer and only when the plant has outgrown its pot, as with all cacti its far better to under pot rather than over pot because too much soil around their roots can stay damp for too long and may encourage the chances of root rot.

FLOWERING :

Myrtillocactus geometrizans Fukurokuryuzinboku will bloom when mature from about 60 cm tall in height ( 24 inches ) The flowers form in Spring and are small white flowers.

PROPAGATION :

Propagation of Myrtillocactus geometrizans Fukurokuryuzinboku is from cuttings taken in Spring and Summer. Cuttings need to fully dry ( callus ) over for a couple of weeks or more until a hard white callus has formed at the base of the cut before planting up as cuttings. Cuttings of these cacti need very warm weather above 18 Celsius / 65 Fahrenheit to root for the best success, additional heat with a heat mat can help with rooting these cuttings if your Summers are cool and damp like mine in Ireland and UK.

Seed propagation of Myrtillocactus geometrizans Fukurokuryuzinbokus is not recommend, this is because this cactus is a monstrose variety of the original Myrtillocactus geometrizans and any seeds germinated will grow as normal Myrtillocactus geometrizans cactus plants and will not grow with the little ‘breasts’.

I hope you enjoyed reading and learning lots about this very bizarre and wacky cactus.

Check out my Cacti and Succulent You Tube Channel called Desert Plants of Avalon for lots more tips and tricks on many different types of cacti and succulents and also for lots more info on how you can care for your Cacti and Succulents.

Thanks so much for reading and sending you all lots of HAPPY GROWING.

Insects in the CityInsects in the City

Light-duty sticky traps should be placed against a vertical surface and changed when full or when the glue surface becomes dusty. These traps have captured immature German cockroaches, suggesting a nearby cockroach harborage.

Sticky cards are glue-based traps frequently used in pest control to catch and monitor insects and other pests. Typically sticky cards consist of a sticky glue layer mounted on a piece of cardboard that is folded into a tent-structure to protect the sticky surface. Most sticky traps contain no pesticides, although some may be impregnated with aromas designed to be attractive to certain pests.

Some of the pests readily trapped by sticky traps include cockroaches, spiders, stored product pest beetles and other crawling insects, mites and scorpions. Sticky traps are less effective in trapping bed bugs and flying insects.

Sticky traps are useful for monitoring an area for crawling insects 24/7, and as such are frequently used by professionals to enhance their ability to detect pests during pest control inspections. Sticky traps allow an inspector to detect pests that are active at night or other times when people are not present.

Will sticky traps control pests?

Sticky traps are generally not very good at controlling small insect or mite pests. Their best use is to detect pests, and monitor changes in pest abundance. When multiple traps are placed in a room, they can also help pinpoint the source of an insect problem. Glue traps (see below) for control of vertebrate pests (e.g., mice or rats), however, can provide effective control when used by a knowledgeable pest control professional.

Where should sticky traps be placed?

Most insects and rodent pests prefer to travel in dark areas and along edges. Hence the best placement of a sticky card is in an out-of-the-way location in direct contact with a wall. The two open ends of the trap should run parallel to the wall to make it easy for insects to enter.

Brown recluse spiders are readily caught on sticky traps

The number of traps you place out will be limited by the number of locations you have for placement and how many traps you wish to check regularly. Usually you will want to place sticky traps at least 5-10 feet apart in areas where pests are likely to travel. Behind stoves and refrigerators, in cupboards and under sinks are good places to trap cockroaches with sticky traps. Along garage and indoor walls in storage and living areas are good places to place sticky cards for brown recluse and other spiders. On either side of exterior doors or other exterior pest entry points are good places for sticky cards to trap outdoor cockroaches, beetles, crickets, scorpions and other miscellaneous crawling insects. To monitor for possible biting mites, place sticky cards in areas where bites are noticed, near attic doors or next to fireplaces where birds may be nesting.

Are glue traps the same as sticky traps?

While glue traps are a form of sticky trap, the term “glue trap” is usually used for heavier duty trapping and pest control tasks, such as catching mice and rats. Glue traps typically use a heavier, stickier glue layer applied to a stiff plastic tray. While convenient, glue traps have a lower success rate for trapping rodents, compared to snap-traps. Many people also find the use of glue traps for vertebrates objectionable or inhumane, because they do not kill the target pest immediately. Glue traps and sticky boards are sometimes used inside professional rodent bait stations to make disposal of the rodents more convenient and to help contain biohazards, such as hair and feces.

When light-duty sticky traps are not available, glue boards may substitute as insect traps however the thicker base and lip of the glue tray may encourage many crawling insects to walk around the trap, avoiding the glue surface. Glue boards are messier than light-duty cardboard sticky traps, and the glue can be difficult to remove. Cooking oil or a solvent such as WD-40, may be useful in removing glue board glue from fingers or hair.

Where can I purchase sticky traps?

Sticky traps and glue boards can be purchased through many hardware stores or online outlets. Another commercial source may be your local pest control company or a do-it-yourself pest control shop.

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