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My visit to B & B Cactus Farm 8-26-06

     I headed to Saguaro National Park East this morning only to find it closed for remodeling. But I was able to save the day regardless. B & B Cactus Farm is on the way back, and I took dozens of pictures. B & B has one of the nicest selections of cacti and succulent plants, Mexican pottery and garden art in town. Though their wholesale operation is huge, they also have a nice retail section. The greenhouses are orderly and clean and a cacti and succulent enthusiasts dream. All in all it turned into a very good day!

You can visit B & B at 11550 East Speedway Blvd. in Tucson. They also have a website with some info about them, but don't do e-commerce just yet. It is http://www.bandbcactus.com/


Pictures in the Retail Store

    The retail store has all kinds of cacti and succulents large and small. I mainly concentrated on the specimen size plants and the few that were flowering.


Bombax.jpg
Ficus petiolaris
Cactus.jpg
Matucana?
Cleistocactus winteri01.jpg
Cleistocactus winteri
Echinopsis leucantha.jpg
Echinopsis leucantha
Entrance.jpg
Pachycereus marginatus
Euphorbia01.jpg
Euphorbia
Gymnocalycium.jpg
Gymnocalycium
Mammillaria.jpg
Mammillaria
Melocactus.jpg
Melocactus
Rebutia arenaceae.jpg
Rebutia arenaceae
Sanseverieria trifasciata.jpg
Sanseverieria trifasciata
Sanseverierias01.jpg
Sanseverierias
Sanseverierias02.jpg
Sanseverierias

Out on the grounds

    Here's some pictures taken in the gardens on the grounds. I didn't have time to tour the whole thing, I mainly stuck to the part out front.


Agave paryii truncata.jpg
Agave parryii?
Agave victoria reginae.jpg
Agave victoria reginae
Assorted cacti01.jpg
Assorted cacti
Assorted succulents.jpg
Assorted succulents
Assorted succulents2.jpg
Assorted succulents
Cleistocactus strausii.jpg
Cleistocactus strausii
Echeveria.jpg
Echeveria
Echinocactus grusonii04.jpg
Echinocactus grusonii
Escobaria.jpg
Escobaria?
Ferocactus macrodiscus.jpg
Ferocactus?
Ferocactus rectispinus05.jpg
Ferocactus rectispinus
Ferocactus rectispinus06.jpg
Ferocactus rectispinus
Ferocactus.jpg
Ferocactus robustus
ferocactus2.jpg
Ferocactus?
Graptopetalum.jpg
Graptopetalum?
Graptoveria.jpg
Graptoveria?
Leuchtenbergia principis.jpg
Leuchtenbergia principis

The Greenhouses

    Here's some pictures inside the greenhouses where they grow their marvelous plants. I could easily have a taken a couple hundred pictures especially of their specimen plants.

greenhouse01.jpg
greenhouse02.jpg
greenhouse03.jpg
greenhouse04.jpg
greenhouse05.jpg
greenhouse06.jpg
greenhouse07.jpg
greenhouse09.jpg
Aloe.jpg
Aloe
Blue Columnars.jpg
Blue Columnars
Discocactus ssp nova.jpg
Discocactus ssp nova
Dyckia.jpg
Dyckia
Echeveria 'Black Prince'.jpg
Echeveria 'Black Prince'
Echinopsis.jpg
Echinopsis
Euphorbia susannae.jpg
Euphorbia susannae
Euphorbia.jpg
Euphorbia
Gymnocalycium hosseii.jpg
Gymnocalycium hosseii
Kalanchoe.jpg
Kalanchoe
Melocactus azureus.jpg
Melocactus azureus
Pachypodium namaquanum.jpg
Pachypodium namaquanum
Pilosocereus.jpg
Pilosocereus

Specimen Plants

    Most of their specimens are kept in the main cactus greenhouse but can be found in the others as well. This is what I came for. I'm so thrilled all the pictures came out well.


Astrophytum asterias triple.jpg
Astrophytum asterias triple
Astrophytum capricorne04.jpg
Astrophytum capricorne
Copiapoa hazeltoniana08.jpg
Copiapoa hazeltoniana
Copiapoa hazeltoniana09.jpg
Copiapoa hazeltoniana
Copiapoa unknown.jpg
Copiapoa cinererea
Copiapoa unknown2.jpg
Copiapoa cinererea
Crested Espostoa.jpg
Crested Espostoa
Crested Euphorbia.jpg
Crested Euphorbia
Euphorbia lactea crest.jpg
Euphorbia lactea crest
Euphorbia obesa08.jpg
Euphorbia obesa
Euphorbia obesa09.jpg
Euphorbia obesa
Gymnocalycium baldianum.jpg
Gymnocalycium baldianum
Gymnocalycium hostii.jpg
Gymnocalycium hostii
Gymnocalycium unknown.jpg
Gymnocalycium unknown
Gymnocalycium unknown2.jpg
Gymnocalycium unknown
Gymnocalycium unknown3.jpg
Gymnocalycium unknown
Mammillaria camptotricha.jpg
Mammillaria camptotricha
Mammillaria clump.jpg
Mammillaria clump
Mammillaria cristate.jpg
Mammillaria cristate
Mammillaria hahniana04.jpg
Mammillaria hahniana
Mammillaria nivosa.jpg
Mammillaria nivosa
Mammillaria plumosa.jpg
Mammillaria plumosa
Mammillaria spinossisima.jpg
Mammillaria spinossisima
Mammillaria unknown04.jpg
Mammillaria unknown
Mammillaria unknown2.jpg
Mammillaria unknown
Mammillaria unknown3.jpg
Mammillaria unknown
Mammillaria unknown5.jpg
Mammillaria unknown
Mammillaria unknown6.jpg
Mammillaria unknown
Melocactus unknown4.jpg
Melocactus
Melocactus2.jpg
Melocactus
Parodia magnifica05.jpg
Parodia magnifica
Parodia magnifica06.jpg
Parodia magnifica
Parodia magnifica09.jpg
Parodia magnifica
Parodia mammulosus.jpg
Parodia mammulosus
Rebutia arenaceae clump.jpg
Rebutia arenaceae clump
Specimen Table01.jpg
Specimen Table
Unknown Cactus.jpg
Unknown Cactus
Unknown crest.jpg
Unknown crest
Unknown Euphorbia.jpg
Unknown Euphorbia

My Acquisitions

    Here are the plants that I bought today. I was specially thrilled with the G. mihanovichii, I've never seen one that color ungrafted. The fruit is pretty too. Hopefully I can raise some of these from seed.


Agave colorata.jpg
Agave colorata
Agave victoria reginaea.jpg
Agave victoria reginaea
Ariocarpus retusus.jpg
Ariocarpus retusus
Escobaria minima.jpg
Escobaria minima
Euphorbia lactea variegata cristate.jpg
Euphorbia lactea variegata cristate
Gymnocalycium mihanovichi friedrichii.jpg
Gymnocalycium mihanovichi friedrichii
Gymnocalycium ragonesei.jpg
Gymnocalycium ragonesei
Gymnocalycium shickendantzii.jpg
Gymnocalycium shickendantzii
Mammillaria humboltii.jpg
Mammillaria humboltii
Mammillaria nivosa.jpg
Mammillaria nivosa
Mammillaria theresea.jpg
Mammillaria theresea
Ortegocactus mcdougelli.jpg
Ortegocactus mcdougelli
Parodia scopa ssp succinea.jpg
Parodia scopa ssp succinea
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