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Today 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

Today 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.
04-11-2014 01:50 AM
samee
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What a timely thread. I'm so glad that I found it. Spring is right around the corner and my Mom gave me a plastic strawberry planter with hens and chicks that have been neglected. I will rejuvinate it this weekend. I don't even know what variety it is, yet.....
It was about time I bumped this thread, like everyone else Im eager to get started with plants this spring. Cant wait to put everything outside and see it flourish.
04-11-2014 01:41 AM
Lab_Man What a timely thread. I'm so glad that I found it. Spring is right around the corner and my Mom gave me a plastic strawberry planter with hens and chicks that have been neglected. I will rejuvinate it this weekend. I don't even know what variety it is, yet.....
04-11-2014 01:02 AM
samee
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Samee

Opuntia fragilis is perfect for cold and wet conditions. I just bought var. "Bronze Beauty" at the CT show. John Spain was the one that named the variety.

Beware of the microscopic spines at the base of the areoles on Opuntia's. They are called Glochids. You will get irritated like getting fiberglas insulation in your fingers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glochid

I have two E. triglochidiatus inermis in my outdoor cactus dish. I've had them for years now. Totally unprotected over winter. Come back each year.

Escobaria can also be called Coryphantha depending on which botanist the seller goes by. Very cold hardy plants. Found into British Columbia.

Here's a member of the CT cactus club that was selling at the show. I bought at least four winter hardy plants from him. http://dragocactoid.com/ 860-462-8899. Opuntia var "Smithwick" is another winter hardy plant. Another small plant.

Check this Danish grower of winter hardy cacti: http://winterhardycacti.blogspot.com/ Last updated 2009, but still has nice photo's.

Could you please post pics of your inermis and your bronze? I bought the inermis vs other varients because it was spineless, it looks better because of it. The bronze beauty, is it thorny? Im seeing many different kinds when searching for pics on google. I think its the green balls with small brown dots? It looks cool.

I was thinking of getting the pads, as some are native to Ontario, but after a while they seem unappealing to me. I just wish there were more gathering/sales here like you went to. Theres suppose to be a sale here too soon, at our botanical garden, I hope I remember and have the time that day. Saving up on shipping and being able to look in person on what you are about to buy is a big thing.

Im thinking of throwing Ken an email.
04-11-2014 12:36 AM
jerrytheplater Samee

Opuntia fragilis is perfect for cold and wet conditions. I just bought var. "Bronze Beauty" at the CT show. John Spain was the one that named the variety.

Beware of the microscopic spines at the base of the areoles on Opuntia's. They are called Glochids. You will get irritated like getting fiberglas insulation in your fingers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glochid

I have two E. triglochidiatus inermis in my outdoor cactus dish. I've had them for years now. Totally unprotected over winter. Come back each year.

Escobaria can also be called Coryphantha depending on which botanist the seller goes by. Very cold hardy plants. Found into British Columbia.

Here's a member of the CT cactus club that was selling at the show. I bought at least four winter hardy plants from him. http://dragocactoid.com/ 860-462-8899. Opuntia var "Smithwick" is another winter hardy plant. Another small plant.

Check this Danish grower of winter hardy cacti: http://winterhardycacti.blogspot.com/ Last updated 2009, but still has nice photo's.
04-10-2014 04:13 PM
samee Hi Jerry, thanks for the links and info. Ive checked out all the online nurseries from the US, I think. Ive finally found one that Im happy with. They take pp and their prices are decent. Their plant selection isnt that big but its a very well collection. So this year I will be buying from them.

I live in an apartment so water is not a problem. I always get people telling me about water so I always make sure to mention that the plants are in the balcony. During the entire winter, if there are many windy storms (like this year), my balcony might get an inch of total snow. I dont think that should be a problem. I can always use the cake plastic covers to shield my plants if thats the case.

atm I will be buying the following plant. They are stated to be hardy to zone 5 or below:

Escobaria leei
Echinocereus reichenbachii ssp. caespitosus
Echinocereus triglochidiatus ssp. inermis

I wanted to purchase more different kinds but they all look the same to me, so I will wait and see if I can find something that looks different. atm I want the leei the most, its just such a cool looking cactus.
04-10-2014 03:54 AM
jerrytheplater I just finished skimming your entire thread and was surprised to see I had posted last August. Sorry for the repeat links I just posted. I didn't realize I had already given them.

I see you are in Toronto. That is cold and wet. You need to be careful which cacti you buy. Cold and wet can be death to cacti/succulents, as you learned when you watered in the cold.

I highly recommend buying John Spains booklet. He gives a list of plants he's tried over the years. He names the ones that did good and those that didn't.

I have two hypertufa pots on my deck. Some of the cacti have survived for about three years now. Totally unprotected and totally exposed to snow and rain over the winter. My Sempervivums overwintered in my detached unheated garage this winter. They are doing fine now.

The little hypertufa pot was made and planted by John Spain and I bought it the spring of 2009. The two photos attached are of this pot. It really needs thinning out now and replanting. I don't have a current photo. The top one was taken Nov 18, 2009. You can see the sedums flowering. The second is Feb 2, 2010 with sleet all over the pot. The pot is small and only about 12" long by 6" wide. Been outdoors since 2009.
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