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Learn how to grow and propagate cactus plants in this free gardening video with tips from expert Ken Mallory, who brings ...
you into his greenhouse and showcases his collection of cacti.
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Female: Hello, we got something really juicy in store for you today and that is because we are in the green house of Ken Malory. Hi Ken?
Female: And Ken is a ten year collector of cacti and succulence and he got the most incredible collection and we are so lucky today Ken,
Ken: Thank you.
Female: A lot of them are actually flowering.
Ken: Yes they are! They love the sun. They love the flower and the sun. They would not be open quit as wide if there was not quite so sunny.
Female: And is not that this time of year most of the cacti will flower in the spring?
Ken: Yes, they love to flower once they got water and nutrients first off.
Female: Water and nutrients and then more sun and that give them to flowering.
Ken: That is right.
Female: What is the secret of getting a cacti in a pot flower because I never seemed to get mind to flower, what do you do?
Ken: Food. They like low nitrogen which is the first member of course you know. They like higher phosphorus and potassium for flower development and root development. So they are very slow growing plants and they like a lot of nitrogen
Ken: But if you feed them food, they love the flower for you.
Female: So you want to get yourself a proper cacti food.
Ken: Yes, there is cactus juice, grate them,
Female: And then trigos she is going this kind of response and look, vagrant colors.
Ken: Yes I color it budius. This is a beautiful budius just flowering credibly and they all flower from the bottom. Were labivious over here which are just about as beautiful and have a bigger flower but they flower from the middle, which is quite extraordinary and that is how they basically categories I guess by how they flower.
Female: And that is not all enable here we have a whole other group of cacti too.
Ken: Yes this is Mammillaria. A Mammillaria mostly flower on the top. They are not really showy flowers but they are very, very nice.
This is Nodo Cactus. Nodo cactus is a little bit different, quite common. They mostly come from the dessert South West and they have hairy flowers but the flower is just spectacular.
Female: Oh, look at that.
Ken: It is too bad; nothing is all good to be.
Female: We have to picture that ahead but there is enough.
Ken: And the Euphorbias. Euphorbias are quit unique plants. The flowers are particularly great. As you can see, this is a male flower, you can see the pollen. And this is a female catch in the alcart.
Female; This is quit the collection and it does not take long? Does it to build up a collection like this and the idea actually, it is still the view. You have got 3 green houses,
Ken: Three of them, yes.
Female: This is just there.
And Ken, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful collection that does not and have not told me how easy it is to propagate them. I think I might just knocking off a couple of pieces (Laughing)
Gord Nickel has been a professional horticulturalist for almost 30 years. Taken from his popular TV show, Gord, who has been working in gardens since he was 15 years old, teaches easy, fun gardening skills.