Earlier this year - after going through a terrible summer - I decided to focus more on Agaves and Cacti. Then I came across Robbie, the owner of Little Prickle Farm in Queensland. She has hundreds of mature plants including Aloe Barberae Trees, Barrel cactus, and jaw dropping agaves. I asked her if she would spare a few minutes to discuss about her farm and this is what she said...
How big is the farm and how did the Little Prickle Farm (LPF) idea start?
LPF is on 5 acres located in gorgeous Palmwoods Sunshine Coast. I started collecting cool different prickles twenty years ago, driving hubby crazy hehe.. It got totally out of control and we soon outgrew our suburban block near the beach and had to move out to acreage lol =)
Then I just started propagating from my mother plants and LPF just grew from there.
You have a lot of mature plants. How old are they and what is the oldest one?
I've been lucky enough to be able to buy whole cactus collections off old collector friends in the past. Our Biggest Dragon Tree which is in the middle of our roundabout is over 40 years old and a lot of our big golden barrel cactus and Ferocactus Glaucescens Barrels are over 30 years old.
Sometimes I find it hard to sell them because I know how hard they are to replace. You can never have too many right??? =)
Do you import plants or grow them from seed?
I've never imported plants. It all sounds too hard and expensive. I totally suck at growing from seed, but I'm going to keep trying lol =)
What is your favourite agave/cactus?
Oh Gosh, there are sooo many I love haha. Favourite Agave would be my BIG White Rhino. Favourite cactus would probably have to be my monster Fero called Mr Hook.
What is your choice of pesticides and what fertiliser do you use?
I actually don't use pesticide. I use a premium slow release fertiliser called Florafert which I mix through our potting mix with perlite. About once a month in the growing seasons, I use a liquid fertiliser. It's a commercial grade one called Essential Plus 1-0-1 100% Natural Rooting Substance and Biostimulant. All organic ingredients.
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