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06-20-2015 12:23 AM
samee Going to update this thread. Spring has been here for a while, how is everyone doing? What new plants have you got? Im dying to get tri coloured semps but my going to US has now become tuff.

Ive also moved from an apartment to a house





Got a HUGE aloe for free:



Cut it up into these:

03-25-2015 09:16 PM
samee
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Originally Posted by jerrytheplater View Post
I looked at my cacti in the unheated garage today and they look alright. I'll get the current photo's soon.

Coryphantha missouriensis
Pediocactus simpsoni
Echinocereus sp

There are others, but I don't remember them now.

Wow Jerry, looking at your pics thats serious stuff! I love the rock scape theme you have going there. The cactus is Mammillaria Garcilis Fragilis. I have the exact same one which I bought from Walmart and it had that name. I will upload more pics as well, want to show off my cacti as well

EDIT: Here they are:

Escobaria sneedii ssp. leii




03-25-2015 02:33 AM
jerrytheplater I looked at my cacti in the unheated garage today and they look alright. I'll get the current photo's soon.

Coryphantha missouriensis
Pediocactus simpsoni
Echinocereus sp

There are others, but I don't remember them now.
03-25-2015 02:17 AM
jerrytheplater Samee

Here's some photo's of some of my warmth loving cacti and succulents from work taken Feb 12, 2015.

Frailea with rust-not good:


Mammillaria ? I don't know the species yet. There are a few that are similar.


Euphorbia decaryi from Madagascar


Euphorbia cylindrifolia from Madagascar


Euphorbia from Madagascar


Same plant as above from the side


Trichodiadema bulbosum


Trichodiadema bulbosum roots close up, you can see mouse damage from last spring at work. I hope we don't get any more mice. They did a lot of damage.


Esterhuysenia alpina


More Euphorbia from Madagascar


Mammillaria sp. unknown to me so far. Flowers all winter long. Really starting to bloom more now.


Overall view of the window the plants are in at work
03-23-2015 11:19 PM
samee
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Originally Posted by jerrytheplater View Post
I have some winter hardy cacti in the unheated garage, those that can't take the wet.
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Sorry for the late reply. What cacti are they?

Im moving from my apartment of 16 years to a house, Ive never lived in a house before, so this will be new. I am worried though because there wont be the luxury of having huge windows in every room, since atm I have ALOT of plants getting direct sunlight and all my cac and succulents under led and t5 lights (no hydro or monthly fee). So Im selling my tropical plants now since I just wont have space or the light. The plus side is that now I have a back yard where I can put my plants outside during summer to get the most amount of sun. I guess for winter I can leave my semps outside and before a snow storm, put a plastic container on top.

For now, heres my beautiful aloe. The pup has grown alot during the winter.


02-10-2015 04:04 AM
jerrytheplater I have some winter hardy cacti in the unheated garage, those that can't take the wet.

I have some cacti in the window at work that don't like below 50F. One Mammillaria blooms from time to time. Will have to take a photo to post up. Don't really think of photo's.

My Euphorbia's from Madagascar are growing fine. They get watered but not ferts in winter.

The Notocactus get water every 3 weeks or so. The Frailea get water every two weeks.

I have an Amazon Sword I grew emersed outside last summer indoors in the west window in a pot in a container of water. It has a flower spike full of plantlets, but no roots. Don't need more of them, but the gardener in me wants to propagate them anyway. Any ideas on how to get them to root?

Lobelia cardinalis converted to emersed trails out over the water container.
02-08-2015 11:34 PM
samee
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Originally Posted by jerrytheplater View Post
No new pictures Samee. Mine are currently under a foot of snow solidly frozen.

Off topic for this thread, but not the forum: I was at The Super Pet Expo today with North Jersey Aquarium Society, Jersey Shore Aquarium Society, and my club New Jersey Aquatic Gardeners Club. http://www.superpetexpo.com/edison.html 99.5% of the displays were dogs and cats. Didn't even walk through the entire place. Our three clubs, one fish store, and Aqua-Pharm.com selling fish food and medicines. The organizer of the show wants to grow the fish-plant presence. I spent most of today talking up our hobby. Sold donated plants. I brought over some emersed grown Crypts for sale. Sold two C. wendtii to a woman that wanted to grow them in a hermit crab enclosure. Her description of her set up made me think my plants would be perfect for her setup. 80F and 80% RH. She gets some full sun in part of the tank. Told her not to plant the Crypts there. She uses worm castings and I told her to enrich the area where she was going to plant her Crypts.

Gave out lots of our club cards. The place was very crowded. Huge exposure. Hopefully we get some members from it. Met a Discus breeder that bought some plants to grow in pots in his tank where he obtains his pairs. Not the breeding tanks. Has a huge 180 gallon tank in his office in the construction company he owns that is empty now. He might join and host an NJAGC meeting so we can set him up planted. We'll see.
Very nice and an eventful day it seems.

I see your semps are under snow, how are your indoor plants doing? I guess I will get a pics of my plants up soon. My aloes are growing and giving out pups.
02-08-2015 12:45 AM
jerrytheplater No new pictures Samee. Mine are currently under a foot of snow solidly frozen.

Off topic for this thread, but not the forum: I was at The Super Pet Expo today with North Jersey Aquarium Society, Jersey Shore Aquarium Society, and my club New Jersey Aquatic Gardeners Club. http://www.superpetexpo.com/edison.html 99.5% of the displays were dogs and cats. Didn't even walk through the entire place. Our three clubs, one fish store, and Aqua-Pharm.com selling fish food and medicines. The organizer of the show wants to grow the fish-plant presence. I spent most of today talking up our hobby. Sold donated plants. I brought over some emersed grown Crypts for sale. Sold two C. wendtii to a woman that wanted to grow them in a hermit crab enclosure. Her description of her set up made me think my plants would be perfect for her setup. 80F and 80% RH. She gets some full sun in part of the tank. Told her not to plant the Crypts there. She uses worm castings and I told her to enrich the area where she was going to plant her Crypts.

Gave out lots of our club cards. The place was very crowded. Huge exposure. Hopefully we get some members from it. Met a Discus breeder that bought some plants to grow in pots in his tank where he obtains his pairs. Not the breeding tanks. Has a huge 180 gallon tank in his office in the construction company he owns that is empty now. He might join and host an NJAGC meeting so we can set him up planted. We'll see.
02-08-2015 12:26 AM
samee Good stuff everyone!

Oww I like those air plants. I had 2 but gave up on them. Didnt have the time to tend to all the plants.

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Originally Posted by Ulmina View Post
I love Hen and Chicks! Used to see them a lot in Massachusetts and more recently in Wisconsin. A carpet of them is so stunning, IMO. Nice selection you got. I think you'll do well. I love plants too and am heading off to Google to search pics of Lobelia Deckenii.
They are the easiest plants to keep, buy them, throw them in gravel or a well drain soil and throw them outside and forget about them. Thats it, they will take care of themselves. Hot weather, full sun, cold weather, feet of snow is not a problem for them. Freezing rain however could be a problem. Overall, I would say they are the best plants to start with. Very hardy. I hope to get an update from you

Jerry, any new pics from you? Hows everything with you?
02-01-2015 08:15 PM
Ulmina I love Hen and Chicks! Used to see them a lot in Massachusetts and more recently in Wisconsin. A carpet of them is so stunning, IMO. Nice selection you got. I think you'll do well. I love plants too and am heading off to Google to search pics of Lobelia Deckenii.
12-12-2014 11:01 PM
AquaAurora
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Originally Posted by jerrytheplater View Post
I flipped through my book on succulents and here are some plants that have a look similar to Sempervivum and may do well without a cold dormancy.

Abromeitiella- Argentina, Bolivia
Aeonium- Canary Islands, Morocco
Agave- Mexico
Dudleya- Mexico
Dyckia- Brazil
Echeveria- Mexico
Graptopetalum- Mexico

The following are from South Africa and this is a good site for cultural info on SA plants. Take care, as the info is for SA climate and outdoor growth. Remember the seasons are opposite for us. http://www.plantzafrica.com/index.html

Adromischus
Aloe
Crassula
Haworthia

Some of these are huge genera and you will have to search for availability, suitability, and how it looks.

Hope this helps.
Thank you for the info! I'll look into those.
12-12-2014 10:45 PM
jerrytheplater
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Originally Posted by AquaAurora View Post
Thank you for the response! Can you tell me what type of like you used? kelvin? How long it was on and how close it was to the plant?



I found a little more on the plants and seems they really need their cold/dormant period... I may end up not getting them because of this. I want a year round indoor setup, but can't jack house temp low enough for proper winter dormancy without risking pipes bursting and fish getting very grumpy (tank heaters aren't high enough wattage to deal with air temp at 50-60F and keep tanks 76-80F), and moving them outside or into the garage with a light for 1/3-1/4 the year would defeat the purpose of the setup. I may instead try air plants (Tillandsia), or some other easy 'small' (stay 1' or under) house plants.
I flipped through my book on succulents and here are some plants that have a look similar to Sempervivum and may do well without a cold dormancy.

Abromeitiella- Argentina, Bolivia
Aeonium- Canary Islands, Morocco
Agave- Mexico
Dudleya- Mexico
Dyckia- Brazil
Echeveria- Mexico
Graptopetalum- Mexico

The following are from South Africa and this is a good site for cultural info on SA plants. Take care, as the info is for SA climate and outdoor growth. Remember the seasons are opposite for us. http://www.plantzafrica.com/index.html

Adromischus
Aloe
Crassula
Haworthia

Some of these are huge genera and you will have to search for availability, suitability, and how it looks.

Hope this helps.
12-12-2014 08:31 PM
Kehy
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Originally Posted by AquaAurora View Post
Thank you for the response! Can you tell me what type of like you used? kelvin? How long it was on and how close it was to the plant?
My bad, I totally forgot I only had the Chick in the terrarium for the time before I put a desklamp over it and blasted as much light in that thing as it could take. I had the Chick planted in crappy clay soil and had to take off for a month without watering it. It died, no surprise.

I used a floor lamp with a 6700k bulb, but that was over 20" away and definitely too little light. The desklight thing would have probably worked. Here's some pics of what I had.

12-12-2014 08:02 PM
AquaAurora
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Originally Posted by Kehy View Post
I've tried keeping one in a terrarium, and it did alright with it ambient room everything. Watered it maybe 1-2 times a week. The only thing I had an issue with was the light. Maybe indirect but very bright sunlight would work, but the artificial lighting I had was only enough to keep it alive and make it get veeeery leggy.
Thank you for the response! Can you tell me what type of like you used? kelvin? How long it was on and how close it was to the plant?



I found a little more on the plants and seems they really need their cold/dormant period... I may end up not getting them because of this. I want a year round indoor setup, but can't jack house temp low enough for proper winter dormancy without risking pipes bursting and fish getting very grumpy (tank heaters aren't high enough wattage to deal with air temp at 50-60F and keep tanks 76-80F), and moving them outside or into the garage with a light for 1/3-1/4 the year would defeat the purpose of the setup. I may instead try air plants (Tillandsia), or some other easy 'small' (stay 1' or under) house plants.
12-12-2014 07:54 PM
Kehy
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Originally Posted by AquaAurora View Post
Sorry for dredging this thread up. I've been mauling over trying these plants but as an indoor only plant year round. I've not found a large amount of info online about indoor only care for Sempervivum species (hen and chick plants). The one brief mention I found says they won't be as colorful but still will grow. I've been trying to find photos of indoor only semp.s to see how much duller they'd be. House temp is 65-75F, humidity around 50, would be by a sw window on a inner wall with supplemented 6500k lights (t5,t8, or cfl.. haven't decided yet). I'm curious if anyone who's posted here -or see this and owns hen and chick plants- has tried keeping any indoors year round and how successful and colorful they've been?
I've tried keeping one in a terrarium, and it did alright with it ambient room everything. Watered it maybe 1-2 times a week. The only thing I had an issue with was the light. Maybe indirect but very bright sunlight would work, but the artificial lighting I had was only enough to keep it alive and make it get veeeery leggy.
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