Cacti at Orana Cactusworld, Gilgandra need summer rain for boost

There are over 1000 varieties of cacti at Orana Cactusworld in Gilgandra. Photo: Jennifer Hoar
There are over 1000 varieties of cacti at Orana Cactusworld in Gilgandra. Photo: Jennifer Hoar

While many of us are hoping for a reprieve of the ongoing dry times, an unlikely source is also hoping for some much needed cooler weather.

The cacti at Orana Cactusworld in Gilgandra will now be needing some much needed rain to help give them a boost when autumn comes around, says the nursery’s owner Lester Meyers.

Mr Meyers, who is a Gilgrandra local, has been growing cacti for 70 years.

Mr Meyers would like to see some good rainfall between now and the end of the month to help the cacti along.

“Most cacti are dormant in the summer, when temperatures reach 50 Degrees Celcius, they shut down and stop growing,” he said.

“But in the cooler months they start back up.

“Now would be an ideal time to get about 50 millimetres of rain.”

Mr Meyers waters the smaller inside plants about once a week, but the cacti that live outside are watered every two years.

There are over 1000 varieties at the garden centre. Cacti collect water form their root system

Mr Meyers said 40 Degree Celsius days are normal temperatures for cacti in Australia and that the plant collects moisture from its root system.

“Because they’re hardened to the conditions so they can withstand it quite well,” he said.

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Mr Meyers has always been a keen gardener.

“Cacti first caught my eye as a lad and my interest is just as strong today,” he said.

“I’m still hunting new ones and still finding new ones too.”

My Meyers said it was very rewarding seeing the cacti start from seedlings and grow into plants.

He doesn’t have a favourite cacti variety and said all are treated the same.