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Plant Profile: Senecio articulatus – Candle Cactus

urban jungle bloggers planty wishes candle sausage cactusPlanty Wishes is the final theme for the year for Urban Jungle Bloggers. I thought I’d show you my Candle Cactus – Make a Wish!

It is also known as a Sausage Cactus, as you can see, it looks just like little sausages piled up on one another, very cute and actually a trouble free plant for me. There isn’t much information on the internet about this particular plant, but my from own experience of owning this cactus for over a year, I’ll let you know what has worked, at least for me anyway.

Plant Profile: Senecio articulatus

Common name(s)

Candle Cactus, Candle Plant, Sausage Cactus, Hot Dog Cactus


Availability – In Australia, I bought online through a specialist.

Light – Kept in a bright patio area with occasional direct sun (winter only)

Size – can grow up to 60cm. Medium to fast grower.

Watering – Let the surface dry between waterings. Always allow to drain.

Feeding – Minimal. Likes very well drained soil, with a little sand added.

Flowers – Yes, tiny white ones in a cluster.

Oddities – It IS an oddity 🙂

Other – You can break off one of the ‘sausages’, allow to callous first and then replant, then you’ll have another sausage plant! You can see on the close ups that a tiny root is forming on the base of the higher up sausages. There is a variety called Senecio globosa which is more ball-shaped than cylindrical and very special – this is on my plant wishlist 🙂 Although called the Sausage Cactus DO NOT EAT!


urban jungle bloggers planty wishes candle sausage cactusWhat do you think of this Sausage Cactus? They’re very interesting and quite easy to care for, so check them out if you like the quirky and cute.  See at the base, there is a little ‘Cheerio’ (small sausage!) forming too.

Claire

DIY – How to Make Button Flowers

diy how to make button flowersDIY – How to Make Button Flowers. Urban Jungle Bloggers have asked bloggers to style up their homes for October and submit photos of … Plants & Flowers. I’ve also been thinking about Button Craft, so I’ve brought the two together to bring you Plants and … Button Flowers! To follow is a DIY – How to Make Button Flowers.

You will need:

  • Buttons. An assortment to find different sizes and colours
  • Florist Wire. 22 or 24 Gauge. 20 gauge works, but is a little thick
  • Blu-Tack. But green 🙂 I already had bright blue and yellow and mixed
  • Jewelry Snips. To trim excess wire if you have it

How to:stacks of coloured buttonsstacks of coloured buttonsstacks of coloured buttonsFirst gather your buttons and decide on the colour of each stack. Play around until you have your button flower colour scheme sorted.

tutorial steps how to make button flowersMaking button flowers is easy. Simply thread your wire through all the holes.

Make a bend in the wire, long enough to thread back through and make a twist.

If you have a four-holed button, make sure you thread diagonally across.

With a two-holed button, go up through one and down through the other.

Do this for each stack of buttons.

To finish, twist the wires together. Snip excess wire if you have any.

how to make button flowersI have made button flowers before without finishing with the green tack, but to make these button flowers a bit more finished and pretty, I simply squished some green tack to create a ‘calyx’ for the flower.

Now you’ll have button flowers on stems. Poke the wire into whatever you want to decorate. In this case …

button flowers in cactus gardenbutton flowers in cactus gardenbutton flowers in cactus gardenbutton flowers close upbutton flowers in cactus planterbutton flowers in cactus planterbutton flowers in cactus planterButton flowers add a POP of colour to your plants!

If you like the planter it is in, you can find it here – DIY – Kmart Hack – Make a Planter from a Metal Lantern.

Claire

Urban Jungle Bloggers – Plants & Art

urban jungle bloggers logo plants art mona lisaPlants & Art is this months theme for Urban Jungle Bloggers!

After a summer break (in the northern hemisphere), Urban Jungle Bloggers returns for a third season and to launch, bloggers are encouraged to share their images of Plants & Art.

urban jungle bloggers plants art mona lisa oxalis triangularisSince my Oxalis triangularis missed out from being included in the photo shoot for Urban Jungle Bloggers – Show Your Plant Gang due to being in its dormancy (“on a health retreat”), I thought it deserved to have its own solo shoot, now that it is especially pretty and in bloom.

urban jungle bloggers plants art mona lisa eyesSee the Mona Lisa’s eyes following you, framed by the pretty mauve flowers …

urban jungle bloggers plants art flowerI purchased the “Mona Lisa” from an Op Shop for a $1 a few months back.

urban jungle bloggers plants art mona lisaThe geometric print in the background was my first DIY. You can find instructions for the paper weaving and follow my tutorial DIY Geometric Woven Paper Picture, if you’d like to make your own.

Be sure to check out Urban Jungle Bloggers and look at all the many and varied interpretations of Plants & Art.

Claire

Urban Jungle Bloggers – Plant Color Pop!

urban jungle bloggers plant color pop adorablestPlant Color Pop! is the theme for Urban Jungle Bloggers. I’m resisting the urge to put the ‘u’ in the Australian spelling of color 🙂 The idea is we pick ONE plant, whether it be indoor or outdoor and place it in front of a coloured background. Is white a colour?

kalanchoe flapjacks flap jacksThis Kalanchoe thyrsiflora or Flapjacks plant was given to me when a relative was downsizing and didn’t want it, along with many Zygocactus and Guzmania Bromeliads.

kalanchoe flapjacks flap jacksIt usually lives in a red pot, but the pot is actually double walled and the interior is white, so I lifted it out and added some white pebbles from the garden for the all white photo shoot.

kalanchoe flapjacks flap jacksIt wasn’t so colourful when I first received it, but since leaving it outside in the warm, winter sun (in the southern hemisphere), it has developed some pretty sunset shades.

kalanchoe flapjacks flap jacksI noticed the change more so over the last couple of weeks. I swear I haven’t enhanced the colours – they really are that vibrant! Nature is beautiful.

kalanchoe flapjacks flap jacksThe ‘white’ film on the leaves and especially the stems is a fine powder, but not a fungus. It actually helps protect them from sunburn – it’s called ‘bloom’. Don’t polish it off!

kalanchoe flapjacks flap jacksI thought this plant was so pretty it deserved to have a blank white canvas, although a mint green background would have been nice. Thanks UJB for the inspiration again 🙂

Claire

Urban Jungle Bloggers – Show Your Plant Gang

ujb urban jungle bloggers show your plant gang adorablestUrban Jungle Bloggers Show your Plant Gang! Some members of the extended plant family who had never met, came together for this photo. The cacti live outside and others in various inside rooms.

Some plants not photographed were “on a health retreat” … I have a Purple Shamrock (Oxalis triangularis) for example that is having its rest period at the moment.

new guinea flat tassel fernThe plant in the hanger is my most recent purchase. It’s Huperzia nummularifolia or New Guinea Flat Tassel Fern. It is the most unique plant with it’s flowing flattened chains!

Claire

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