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The "cactus virus"

If you are attracted to cacti, you buy a small cactus almost at every opportunity at the beginning - whether in the plant shop or at a cactus exchange, where like-minded people (mostly) sell their varieties cheaply. One is fascinated by the plants: one has great thorns, the other has its own shape or wonderful flowers. There are enough reasons to find cacti interesting. It's like being infected by a virus. As a result, you will soon have a lot of little prickly friends to admire yourself.

You don't need much for cactus care - I'll try to list the things:

  1. a sunny place protected from the rain z. B. Windowsill, house roofing ...
  2. a commercially available cactus fertilizer
  3. a place in the basement that is around 10°C in winter (can be light or dark)
  4. Love for the cacti
  5. There are species that are not very demanding in culture: Echinopsis, Lobivia, Sulcoreputia - to name a few.

There are great books that are absolutely necessary for a beginner to better understand the cultivation and care conditions:

  • Erich Götz, Gerhard Gröner: Cacti - culture, reproduction, care, lexicon of genera and species
  • Elisabeth Manke: The BLV cactus book - the most beautiful species and their care
  • Ken & Rod Preston-Mafham: Cacti atlas Ulmer Verlag

I can also answer many questions or you can find the answers directly on my website - the "Workshop" area is a good tip.

Have fun with the cactus virus - unfortunately there is no antidote!

The cactus association near you...

There is sure to be a club near you. Use the opportunity to contact the branch in your home state.

Here you will find some information about the Styrian Cactus Association, where you can also get a taste of the situation (without becoming a member immediately)

Society of Austrian Cactus Friends (GÖK)

The Society of Austrian Cactus Friends (GÖK), together with its branch associations, has been a home for ambitious cactus and succulent friends nationwide for many decades. One of these branch associations is the Society of Austrian Cactus Friends - Regional Group of Styria.

Club evening
The Styrian association for lovers of succulent plants, which also includes cactus plants, meets every second Wednesday of the month from 6.30 p.m. for a club evening at the "Zum golden Hirschen" inn in Graz-Andritz. A wide range of specialist lectures and travel reports ensures that the cozy get-together among cactus friends ensures varied and interesting hours. The Styrian Regional Group organizes a large number of nationally and internationally known events on the subject of cacti and is enjoying increasing popularity. If you enjoy our hobby or if you have any questions about cultivation and care, please contact us. The members of our association have also set themselves the goal of contributing to the protection of natural populations at their home locations by sowing and propagating rare species. Visit us at or on the next club evening. We look forward to you!

Gasthof "Zum goldenen Hirschen" (Fam. Schulz)
Seminarraum "Kalvarienberg", 1. Stock
Kahngasse 22
8045 Graz-Andritz


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