I am the Cactus Man, and I live in the Cactus House where I have 2,500 cacti divided into almost 1000 species. It is one of the largest collections in…
I am the Cactus Man, and I live in the Cactus House where I have 2,500 cacti divided into almost 1000 species. It is one of the largest collections in Denmark.
I have collected cacti for 40 years, and I have travelled all over the world to look for cacti. I bought my first cactus when I as a young man moved out of my parents’ house, and I saw it bloom the following year. That year I joined the Nordic Cactus Society, where we now have 200 members – and 196 of them are men. Why it is like that, I do not know.
I have been deeply fascinated by cacti throughout my whole life. In the springtime I water them, and they grow, sprinkle with joy and turn green, and suddenly the buds begin forming, and then they bloom withsome amazing flowers – but some of the flowers only bloom for 3, 12, 24 or 48 hours.
And when they have finished blooming in the fall, they sink back together and some fall into one third of their size before they start growing again in the following spring when I water them. But I have to becareful not to give them too much water; because they will drink so much that they will crack.
When I do not collect cacti, I take photos, go fishing in my boat, or carve wooden plates and bowls.
I love nature.