About three years ago few cactus came back with me from a home depot store. One was a mammillaria hahniana. But wasn’t really growing fast when I found another similar plant(but bigger). Then I gave the small plant to a friend, and kept the bigger cactus shown below.

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mammillaria hahniana.

On those first specimens I had, two died. One was a mammillaa spinosissima, it was a good looking cactus, but it died days apart, after many days of heavy rain. A lesson was learned(don’t let them get too much water). They are susceptible to root rot. Now all of the cactus here are under a roof, getting at least five hours of sun and reflective light. The other victim of heavy rain was an echinocactus grusonii.

The other two cactus growing here since they were tiny specs are: the notocactus leninghausii(who really falls in the parodia category, and bearing offsprings since a year ago), and the mammillaria gracilis. 

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The one in the back-left side is a mammillaria elongata golden stars(recently added to the pot).

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I like notocactus(parodia genus), because are cold hardy, same as mammillaria. In winter they don’t need to be moved inside. These two cactus genus are great for planting in pots, because they are small species. I like the notocactus magnificus. So now it lives in the garden too.Weeks ago prickly pears appeared in the supermarket. At that time I was thinking already in getting some cactus, so two opuntias genus marched inside the ranks.

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opuntia basilaris and opuntia microdasys. Sadly we’ll wait for next fall season to get the fruit.

Below another mammillaria elongata(probably copper king).

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mammillaria rhodantha. This mammillaria I like because to me it mimics the looks of a ferocactus with its sharp spines. Spines like these are not seen in the mammillaria genus. And I like it’s looks.

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Moving into bigger cactus size and I decided to get a trichocereus purpureopilosus(below). But they are big even for pots. Cold weather is an enemy for the genus, but according to this website it can tolerate some celcius degrees below cero. Perfect for zone 9b. Anyway at 4 ft tall it’s still good for a bigger pot. More information about the genus here.

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Chamaelobivia rose quartz. The first one died about a year ago. Never flowered. High hopes with this one.

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In short the following genus I like: mammillaria, parodia, echinocactus, ferocactus, echinopsis, astrophytum(this last one seems from another world to me). If I find another species from another genus that I like. they will get into the elite cacti forces of the succulent garden. Brave, strong. magnificent, and super resistant if you don’t overwater them. They practically survive thirst in a way a camel does. They are the camels of the vegetable world.