Cacti and succulents

 by Barry Reid 8th October 2019

Barry has been growing cacti for over 60 years. He started with six plants, and at one point had over a thousand species.

He recommends a compost comprising 50/50 John Innes No 1 and grit and reminded members that the name John Innes refers to a formulation and is not, by itself, an indication of quality. For feeding your cacti he suggests using a good quality proprietory fertiliser, used at 50% of the recommended strength, or a specialist cactus fertiliser. Water every 10 to 14 days but stop watering in winter. The most likely pests to affect your cacti are mealy bugs and red spider mites.

He brought along quite a number of cactus plants for us to look at. Some photos below:

Mammillaria campotricha

Blossfeldiana vallegrandensis

Lithops salicola

Euphorbia horrida monstrosa – the name says it all!

Pachypodium succulentum

Ariocarpus fissuratus






















There is a cactus nursery at Winkleigh. Details are:

Cactus Shop
Torrington Road,
Winkleigh EX19 8DW