|10-02-2013 03:00 PM|
I received these plants from a very generous person, now my collection is bigger and better looking I cant wait for spring, really want to see them grow.
I will get better pics when I get them in their right containers and everything.
|09-23-2013 05:27 PM|
Thank you Patrick, thats very helpful. I guess I will let the pups do their thing and just for curiosity, throw them in a separate container as well. I love how you can clip leaves of them, put them on the soil and they grow a new plant. Ive done that with 2 different species and it worked.
I dont think I asked, but where are you located? You seem to be in succulent heaven interms of weather.
I will also be attempting to grow semps from seeds. I tried last year but didnt work out. They grew from seeds but mold ended up killing them. I think Im going to put them in a pot and mist them a few times everyday. Maybe put a cling rap over the pot and poke holes in them. Ive read everywhere that soil should be moist and not wet. What no one bothers to mention is how do you keep it like that. I read another site where they set the pot in a bucket of water, so the soil becomes wet from underneath. Would that work?
I will also be attempting to grow:
Avacado (already soaked in water with toothpicks)
Zamia furfuracea "Cardboard plant/palm"
Veitchia merrillii "Christmas palm"
Pineapple (sometime in the future)
I also ordered seeds from Africa last year but had no luck growing them. What was I thinking? Typical noob step.
Kalanchoe Longiflora Var. Coccinea
I have the seeds in a cool, dark location atm.
Perhaps Im chewing on too much. I find winter to be the most stressful time with these plants. Moving them indoors, watering them rarely, some are dormant and need cool temps...My semps really gave me a scape this past winter, a few died because whatever you do, they dont do well indoors.
I will be moving my agaved indoor then, I bought the two agaves because I was told both will survive in zone 5, as long as they are kept dry. Thats no prob since they are in my balcony, but due to their leaf damage, I think they are too weak. So this winter, they are indoor.
|09-23-2013 04:17 PM|
It doesn't take long to see results.
You can put succulents through hell and they still will produce plantlets. here is a stem I tossed between my tables in the spring and it still hasn't died yet. It actually is producing new roots and plantlets.
I toss any leafs into this clay dish to callas and grow roots, you can see roots growing from one of the leafs.
When the grow roots I plant them in a pot and keep them moist. if they haven't grown a plantlet they will soon.
As far as the Mother of Thousands go don't worry about catching them. They get everywhere and will fill up your pots in no time.
I have had the best success growing them after they produce there first set of serrated leafs. Although they will grow with there first set of round leafs.
Here is a old picture I dug up to show you a mature plantlet.
I would keep the soil moist while they root.
As long as your agaves don't get frost on them they will be fine. A vast majority of agaves can take frost and some can take snow when they are mature. If it gets to cold you can cover them with a tarp.
I don't mind the questions. I am more then happy to answer them to the best of my knowledge.
|09-22-2013 09:28 PM|
I was trying to find an active succulent forum a few months ago when I was starting out, didnt find much. Ill check your forum out.
Both my agaves are damaged, so Im not sure if I should leave them out for the winter. Im zone 5 and they should survive, but the damages worry me. What would you suggest?
I hope you dont mind me asking you questions
|09-22-2013 06:09 PM|
I've had success re-rooting them under fluorescent lights. I usually wait till its spring time to do my hacking and slashing. When you chop your plants up don't discard the bottoms or extra leafs. A lot of succulents sprout new plants from stems and leafs. Ill get some pictures of them up sometime today. Don't be afraid to chop them up. They grow back quick. Just remember to let the fresh cuts callus over. I've thrown them under t8's, I have also left them in the shade to heal up. Both ways have worked well for me. Although I prefer to keep them in the shade while healing.
I am a member of xeric world forums. There is a vast amount of knowledge on that site. I mainly lurk there though.
|09-22-2013 05:57 PM|
Wow they are beautiful!! You are a professional
Id love to buy some clippings off of you. As long as I can throw them outside for the summer and they survive inside for the winter.
I want to trim a few of my plants but was wondering, after I move them inside, would it be wise to clip them? I will leave them on paper for a week before planting them but they will be under T8, or should I do it during spring?
Again, lovely collection. Im a member of the Cacti and Succulent forum,
Some of the members there have crazy succulent collections.
I also have Veitchia merrillii "Christmas palm" and Zamia furfuracea "Cardboard plant/palm" seeds that I want to attempt to grow. I dont think Ill have much of a luck with them though.
|09-21-2013 04:25 PM|
It is one of the smaller variety's. Im not to sad to see it go. I went on a propagating spree this summer, and I have far to many plants then I know what to do with. I really need to get some pictures of my whole collection. Maybe ill do that today and post them if you don't mind.
Most should do fine under a T8. They may stretch out some but you can just behead most of them and re root them. I would set the light as close to them as possible.
Edit: I just took a few pictures. This is a majority of my succulent collection. There are also a few bromeliads pictured. Please excuse the mess, Im in the middle of cleaning my back yard and there is crap everywhere.
|09-19-2013 04:28 PM|
Beautiful But I guess it will die very soon. How old was it? Does not look too big to me though, I guess it depends on the variety.
atm my succulents and semps are growing strong. Ill try to get a pic. I will be moving my succulents, aloe, sago palm and agaves inside. My semps will stay outside. Not only are semps very hardy to the cold but they did terrible when I had them inside this past winter. About 10 to 15 have dried/shriveled out. They were in bad shape when I brought them out in the spring and the heat only made it worse.
In terms of wintering, Im very worried. Im not sure how my succulents will do indoor. Ill be placing T8 light over them, they will be at room temp of 23 to 26c, I will be watering them once every 2 weeks and they will get little to moderate indirect sunlight. Im worried because you are suppose to keep them in a cool spot so they go dormant. Since Im in an apartment, I seriously dont have much space. I have too many tropical plants that are taking space and all the window spaces are occupied. From next year my agaves will be outdoors for their lifetime, atm they seem damaged so Im not taking any chances.
Here are 2 pics comparing them. To be honest, they have grown a bit since Aug 30th.
Ill try to get pics today of them all.
EDIT: PICS from today!!!
|09-19-2013 03:44 PM|
One of my Semps bloomed last week for me. I thought you might enjoy it.
I take it your plants have started to slow down? Have you started to winterize them?
|08-02-2013 03:07 AM|
Here are some links on trough gardening: http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/4DMG/Garden/trough.htm
Hardy succulent source: http://mountaincrestgardens.com/hard...utgor5g9tvs717
Hardy cacti source: http://www.intermountaincactus.com/I...ctus/Home.html
Article on John Spain's gardens and his address to buy his booklet called, Growing Winter Hardy Cacti in Cold/Wet Climate Conditions. http://www.dig-itmag.com/features/gr...y/384_0_4_0_M/
John has spent probably over 40 years figuring out which cacti will do well outdoors in the North East.
Here's a photo from this article showing his trough gardens with a number of Hypertufa pots. http://www.dig-itmag.com/photos/inde...s200905g_L.jpg
|08-02-2013 12:10 AM|
|08-01-2013 11:14 PM|
Look into making a planter out of Hypertufa, a mixture of Portland Cement, Sphagnum Peat Moss and Perlite. Great outdoors and does not crack in the winter when it freezes. I own two, but I didn't make them. I bought them both at a Connecticut Cactus and Succulent Society spring show. John Spain of CT wrote a booklet on growing cacti in the NE outdoors in the winter. He's really an expert.
I'll supply links later.
|08-01-2013 09:04 PM|
My aloe is growing like crazy, the pups are growing very quick. I think I will water my agaves, Ive been scared to water the parviflora as its very very xeric. I will water both this weekend though.
|08-01-2013 12:49 AM|
|07-31-2013 08:59 PM|
I dont mist any of my succulents, I was misting my bonsai and I thought to mist the agave, pretty cool and worth the mist Besides that misting does not help them, I only give a good watering once a week. As for the agaves, I water them once a month.
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