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01-21-2013 04:26 PM
MABJ Aw these are beautiful.

I've got a Jade plant I KNOW I'm not doing any favors for because it is cold (winter) and it is in a north facing window.

I hope it'll survive until I move out of college.

Digsy, are there any succulents you can recommend that stay smaller and have lower light requirements? I notice you've got some very beautiful and tiny ones, but I never know if they'll grow just by looking at them.
11-08-2011 05:37 PM
Originally Posted by fresh.salty View Post
My favorite. Beautiful. You sure do know how to grow plants.
10-23-2011 09:08 PM
ValMM My cousin had a cactus once, it looked like a tiny barrel cactus, she did not water it enough and it died. On the other hand, my mom bought one aloe when I was in elementary school. That grew to about 10 pots of 3 or 4 aloe plants. We were giving them away to family. Now, we have about 4 pots with 2 or 3 aloe in each. I have to repot them this coming summer.
10-23-2011 07:53 PM
Digsy I think that most of the succulents I've kept have been pretty easy, as long as you only water when appropriate. For most of my plants, their growth season is in the fall so, they get more regular water then but still probably only 1x/week. The rest of the year, I tend to water when I remember, when probably ends up being 1x/every 3-4 weeks.

Most of them let you know when they need water by getting shriveled (at least the lithops) and too much water causes them to look like they're going to burst, which they can if they're over watered. I haven't managed to do that yet but I've come close.

The only other important factor besides water is the soil. Everyone has a different mix that they use but sharp draining is important so, I use succulent soil and then add sand, pea gravel and gypsum.

If you're thinking of buying a few, I would recommend finding what you want someplace like Arid Lands because they have a huge selection and lots of pictures of everything. I prefer to actually buy at Miles 2 Go because his prices are quite a bit lower but his online catalog is much less user friendly. I've been very pleased with the quality of everything I've purchased from him.

So, kind of a long answer to a simple question.
10-23-2011 11:06 AM
PinoyBoy Nice plants, I'm glad I found it. I think I'm interested in succulents, but I'm just not ready to buy one yet since I don't want to jump in without knowing abit more.

I was wondering, are Fenestraria and Pleiospilos Nelii easy plants for someone who's never kept succulents before?

Since you're in WA, do you keep them indoors? Will they be able to thrive with the light spill from my nano?
10-11-2011 01:37 AM
Digsy Here are a few of my plants that are flowering:

Lapidaria margaretae:

Pleiospilos simulans:

This one hasn't bloomed yet but I think the flower bud is interesting looking:
Fenestraria sp.

08-30-2011 10:45 PM
Digsy I added more pics to post #1, I think this covers everything I currently have.
08-26-2011 01:54 AM
duff Totally understand - its a whole realm of plants unto itself! I had a big 2foot round succulent dish when I lived in Florida and I loved it most! I had to leave it with behind when I moved out of state as it was way to big to fit in my car. I always wanted to start another one. The shapes, textures and colors are amazing and when the rare bloom happens its like magic! The only thing semi succulent that made its way here with me was a 4 inch ponytail palm that's now all of 6 inches tall 5 years later! Patience is a virtue...

So now I get to live vicariously through your collection

Can't wait to see the next one,two, three or more that make their way home with you!
08-26-2011 12:09 AM
Digsy Cool link Duff! Thanks, I have found succulents to be completely addictive and I have to keep myself from shopping them every time I hit a nursery!
08-26-2011 12:05 AM
duff I just love all your succulents! Every time a sea a new post it makes me think of this link: ike a planted tank with out water

Very neat collection you have!

08-25-2011 11:45 PM
Digsy Thanks for the suggestion xmas_one, I end up in LA almost once a year so, I will definitely remember to check that out!

As was suggested, I completely ignored the Matelea cyclophylla for about 10 months and low and behold, it started springing new leaves.

08-16-2011 07:55 PM
xmas_one Cool stuff. If you're ever near LA, you gotta check out Huntington gardens. They have an impressive succulent exhibit.
09-05-2010 10:51 PM
Digsy Oh, that's a shame. If you do ever come across a picture, please post it as mine obviously had no intention of flowering this year. I must have purchased it right at the end of the growing season as the leaves only lasted a month or so.

This is the only Matalea I've seen for sale at any of the garden shops I've checked but most of the stores get their succulents exclusively from a local succulent only nursery so, there may be more available elsewhere in the country. I've checked some online stores for some as well but haven't had any luck.
09-05-2010 03:03 AM
hydrophyte Shoot I think that mine is already all done flowering. I don't know why I have never gotten any pictures of its blooms because they are awesome. They look a lot like the flowers of other asclepioid plants except that they are flat. The flowers on this one a real deep burgundy color and velvety.

I'd love to find sources for other Matalea species.

You know I think that there is a native Matalea in the Southern US.
09-05-2010 02:42 AM
Digsy Have any pics of yours? Has it flowered? I'd love to see it! Good to know it's just dormant. I haven't watered it in a few weeks but it's good to know that I probably only need to give it a little once a month.
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