Cactus Culture for Amateurs eBook

William Watson (poet)
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 228 pages of information about Cactus Culture for Amateurs.
    " mamillosus.
    " multiflorus.
    " myriostigma.
    " obvallatus.
    " Ottonis.
    " pectiniferus.
    " polycephalus.
    " Pottsii.
    " scopa.
    " sinuatus.
    " tenuispinus.
    " turbiniformis. 
Echinocactus Visnaga.
    " Williamsii.
    " Wislizeni. 
Epiphyllum, all the kinds. 
Mamillaria, all not mentioned under “Cool-house Or Frame.” 
Melocactus, all the kinds. 
Opuntia, all not included under “Cool-house or Frame.” 
Pereskia, all the kinds. 
Phyllocactus, "
Pilocereus, "
Rhipsalis, "


The following may be grown out of doors in the more favoured parts of
England.  For directions as to culture, see the chapter on Cultivation :—­

Cereus Fendleri. 
Echinocactus Simpsoni. 
Mamillaria vivipara. 
Opuntia brachyarthra. 
Opuntia missouriensis.
    " Rafinesquii.
    " R. arkansana.
    " vulgaris.



The difficulty experienced by amateurs in procuring plants of many kinds of Cactus has suggested to us that a list of some of the principal dealers in these plants would prove of service to English growers.  So far as we know, there is no nurseryman in England who makes a specialty of Cactuses.  Plants of such well-known genera as Epiphyllum, Phyllocactus, and Cereus in part, may be obtained in England, but for a collection of representative kinds we must perforce apply to Continental nurserymen.  The most reliable of these for Cactuses are: 


Messrs. Haage & Schmidt, Erfurt.

Herr F. A. Haage, Junior, Erfurt.

Messrs. MUeLLER & Sauber, Kassel, Hanover.

Herr H. Hildmann, Oranienburg, Brandenburg.

Herr Ernst Berge, Leipsic.


M. Eberle, Avenue de St. Ouen, 146, Paris.

M. Jamin, Rue Lafontaine, 42, a St. Ouen, Paris.


M. Louis de Smet, Ledeberg, Ghent.

M. Bettes, Borgerhont, Antwerp.

M. F. VERMUELEN, Rue Van Peet, Antwerp.


Mr. C. Runge, San Antonio, Texas.

Messrs. Reasoner Brothers, Florida.


Species are listed alphabetically according to Watson’s nomenclature.  The name(s) that is more likely to be recognised by modern readers is listed in brackets.  I have used Anderson’s book—­The Cactus Family (Timber Press, 2001)—­as my main guide.  Monographs by Craig and by Pilbeam were invaluable in identifying ‘Mamillarias’.

Project Gutenberg
Cactus Culture for Amateurs from Project Gutenberg. Public domain.
Follow Us on Facebook