Apples, Gourds, and A Cactus

Bored, SYH, 0, and I went pumpkin picking on Saturday. Except none of us picked any pumpkins. We picked apples instead. (Giant, DELICIOUS apples!)

I got a triplet of funky gourds because I thought Lunchbox might like them (to eat). They’re currently sitting around my room being all decorative because Lunchbox is still working his way through all of his pumpkin bits.

Being decorative.

On our way back, we stopped at D.O. for apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, and other delicious things. (Their pumpkin spice coffee does not taste anything like pumpkins or fall.) I got a ruby ball cactus!

Spiky balls of future independence!

As the very knowledgeable and resourceful 0 discovered, these are actually two types of cacti grafted together. Hopefully their light and nutritional needs are not so drastically different that they kill each other. We couldn’t figure out if either type is edible for tortoises. But we did find out that rambutans are closely related to lychee and have disappointingly soft spines, and cactus pears are the fruit of prickly pear cacti and therefore very edible for tortoises.

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10 thoughts on “Apples, Gourds, and A Cactus

    • I don’t know how they graft them together, but according to Wikipedia, the ruby ball part is actually a mutant that has no chlorophyll and therefore depends on the green cactus to survive. Also: “[E]ven . . . the best grafts only last a few years, as the base grows faster than the Gymnocalycium. After that point, the difference in speed between the two becomes too great for the graft to hold together, and the two split apart.”

      We were so disappointed that the rambutans were so soft and cuddly! Well, at least I was.

    • I was going to plant the little bobbles separately, but I guess they won’t survive!

      I keep wanting to touch the little bobbles. They are so cute. And very prickly.

  1. I am sure you can pet them…ever so carefully…maybe put on gloves first. Or a layer of towels. The bobbles will understand.

  2. I was looking for information on why some apple trees we saw had bulges at the base of their trunks. The internet says that apple trees are such freaks of unnature that apple growers graft together roots and trunks and branches from different kinds of trees to get plants the produce the right kind of fruit, have the right height (Romney approved), and the right kind of roots.

    Wacky!!!!

    • O.O That…is so strange! That also explains why my apple tree looks more like a real tree.

      Why does height matter?! Or roots–don’t they really only care about the fruit?

      • Im guessing if the tree is too tall it’s hard to harvest and maybe certain kinds of root systems survive better or can be planted closer together..

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