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04-18-2014 04:09 PM
oldpunk78 I'll have to ask her again. She thinks it's 1950 so she might remember. They did travel a lot. Who knows.
04-18-2014 02:51 PM
jerrytheplater
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It stared blooming as the sun set. It smelled like a strong easter lily. The flowers lasted about a day and a half. Thanks for the info
Sounds like you really do have a Trichocereus. Your grandmother may have been given one, or purchased it a while ago. Unless she's been to South America!
04-18-2014 04:01 AM
oldpunk78
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OldPunk78

Your cactus looks like a Trichocereus hybrid, which is from the Andes in Ecuador, Chile, and Argentina. Is yours a night bloomer? Most of the white Trichoceri are nocturnal bloomers and some are really heavily fragrant. I have an Echinopsis which is a night bloomer and its fragrance does not start until about 10 PM. The flower wilts by 9 AM the next morning.
It stared blooming as the sun set. It smelled like a strong easter lily. The flowers lasted about a day and a half. Thanks for the info
04-18-2014 03:12 AM
jerrytheplater OldPunk78

Your cactus looks like a Trichocereus hybrid, which is from the Andes in Ecuador, Chile, and Argentina. Is yours a night bloomer? Most of the white Trichoceri are nocturnal bloomers and some are really heavily fragrant. I have an Echinopsis which is a night bloomer and its fragrance does not start until about 10 PM. The flower wilts by 9 AM the next morning.
04-18-2014 02:14 AM
Lab_Man Thanks for the pictures. I love hens and chicks. They are easy to care for and very beautiful.

Pics coming soon.
04-17-2014 11:15 PM
oldpunk78 You guys are making me want more cactus. (And so is the drought)

Anyway, I figured someone here might enjoy this picture. We've had this for about 10 years now. First time it's flowered. It was originally taken off the side of the road from somewhere is the southwest roughly 60 years ago by my grandma. One day she sent us home with some.

04-17-2014 05:22 AM
jerrytheplater Here's my Sempervivums purchased last summer at a garden center in Sussex County NJ

S. calcareum



S. pirenaicum



S. arachnoideum, unknown variety. But this was purchased at Waterford Gardens Upper Saddle River NJ in 2013. One bloomed last fall.



Here are some 1" plugs bought at the CT show, 3 for $10.00. L to R: S. ciliosum Ali Botusch, S. Appleblossom, S. villosum, S. arachnoideum cebenese

04-17-2014 04:58 AM
jerrytheplater Samee, I'm posting these photo's because you wanted me too. I don't want to take over your thread with a lot of pictures.

I took some photo's April 13 and finally got them off the camera onto my computer, labeled them, filed them, uploaded to Photobucket and here they are.

Two photo's of John Spain's Succulent Dish Garden April 13, 2014. You can see how small the Sempervivum's are. One fell out last year and rooted in my winter hardy cacti dish garden. I'll post a photo below of that too so you can see how big it got when not starved.





Here is an overhead view of the Hardy Cacti Dish Garden. You can see the brick red Sempervivum in the bottom of the photo. This dish is about 30" x 15" by my guess. I will have to measure it to get the exact size. It is too big and heavy for me to pick up by myself after planting.



Echinocereus triglochidiatus var inermis Apr 13, 2014, two views. You can see how much these plants have grown since I bought them in 2009. Many offsets are forming. When I was working on these photos tonight, I was reminded of Jabba the Hutt a little at the way these cacti have folds.:





Echinocereus coccineus Apr 13, 2014. Also bought 2009. I am not so sure these plants are alive. I'll have to wait for the warmer weather to be sure:



Coryphantha vivipara Apr 13, 2014. Another from 2009. I know this one is alive. I have a second that was heaved out of the potting mix over winter. I let the roots dry out and replanted just before we had the rain and even snow this morning. It is below freezing out right now. I'll see what happens.



Here are some shots of newly purchased Winter Hardy Cacti from the CT show,

Coryphantha missouriensis CCSS Apr 5, 2014



Opuntia fragilis "Bronze Beauty" CCSS Apr 5, 2014

04-13-2014 02:14 AM
jerrytheplater I forgot I had another view of the Winter Hardy cactus dish garden soon after it was planted.

June 28, 2009 showing the inermis and where I bought them.

04-13-2014 02:00 AM
jerrytheplater This is the dish garden I bought from John Spain about two months after I purchased it on June 18, 2009. I forgot how nice it looked back then. I have not done much to this pot since I bought it as far as fertilizing. Maybe once per year, which is really starving the plants.



Here it was on Oct 8, 2009:



This photo of the dish garden was taken Nov 18, 2009. About 5 weeks after the previous one:



The first photo's I posted show this pot as it emerged from winter in spring 2010, but here is another to keep the continuity. Taken March 14, 2010:



I was not able to take any photo's today. We were away most of the day. I'll try to get them soon.
04-11-2014 11:46 PM
Lab_Man
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Nice, gl with them. When you do settle them take pics and post here. This is the entry phase to cacti and succulents

The semps will have no problem with the cold. Even under feet of snow they will be fine. The only thing, I think, is that you need good draining soil.

Slowly and surly Im seeing that balcony in the end might be a better place than a back yard for many plants. I dont have to worry about too much rain or snow nor worry about things eating my cacti.
I was thinking of using sand with a layer of pebbles on top. Is this ok?

I am going to put them in two 18" dia saucers. I have a covered porch on two sides of my house. The East side gets sun until 1 or so and the North side is more shaded. Or I can put them (in the saucer) out in the planting bed to get full sun?

Jerry, I'd love to see some photos.
04-11-2014 10:58 PM
jerrytheplater I had a photo taken Nov 18, 2009 in my computer. I need to take an updated photo. I am embarrassed by the symmetry of the plants in this photo. Not all of these have survived. I'll get a photo taken of the present tomorrow hopefully. I think its supposed to be rainy.

The var inermis is the bright green plant with the white areoles.

Opuntia fragilis does have sausage shaped growth. Don't know what to call them, not pads. It does have the brown spines. I'll take photo's of the plants I bought tomorrow too.

I have a few other photos, but they are too big. I"ll have to resize them later.
04-11-2014 09:55 PM
samee
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I just ordered these from Young's Garden Center this morning. I will read the rest of this thread tonight when I have more time, but from what I have seen on this thread so far you guys, gals have some very beautiful hens and chicks. Now I have to go online and read up on how to grow them......

Coral Reef Sedum tetractinum
Fame Sempervivum
Icicle Sempervivum
Regal Sempervivum
Cape Blanco Sedum spathulifolium

Nice, gl with them. When you do settle them take pics and post here. This is the entry phase to cacti and succulents

The semps will have no problem with the cold. Even under feet of snow they will be fine. The only thing, I think, is that you need good draining soil.

Slowly and surly Im seeing that balcony in the end might be a better place than a back yard for many plants. I dont have to worry about too much rain or snow nor worry about things eating my cacti.
04-11-2014 07:13 PM
Lab_Man I just ordered these from Young's Garden Center this morning. I will read the rest of this thread tonight when I have more time, but from what I have seen on this thread so far you guys, gals have some very beautiful hens and chicks. Now I have to go online and read up on how to grow them......

Coral Reef Sedum tetractinum
Fame Sempervivum
Icicle Sempervivum
Regal Sempervivum
Cape Blanco Sedum spathulifolium
04-11-2014 08:57 AM
Lab_Man This thread was the catalyst for an order for Hens and chicks and Sedums.

Now I have to explain to my wife why I needed them. If you can't tell, I have the green thumb in my family.
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