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Old 03-09-2014, 12:29 AM   #106
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Wow, these are really nice! You've given me a few ideas for a gift!
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:13 PM   #107
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My succulent bowl. It's about a year old now.


I usually dump a glass of water once a week and just leave it. Sunny SoCal treats it well.
You Cali people...Its succulent heaven.

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Tillandsia bulbosa... a fairly easy & hardy tilly. Should be okay with low humidty. A good soak (in a container of water for a couple hours, or more, once a week) will probably suffice. Should be okay resting on top of the soil (as shown in your picture)... no need to plant directly into soil. If kept outdoors, make sure it is well shaded with "no" full sun.
Thanks, that helps alot. Would it be fine under t8 for the winter? Im not sure what Im going to do during summer. Id love to throw it in my balcony but the direct sun is a problem.
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:15 PM   #108
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You Cali people...Its succulent heaven.

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Old 03-10-2014, 05:18 PM   #109
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Also another very important question. I really really want to buy cacti hardy to zone 5 or below. Can anyone refer me to a person who has alot of cold hardy cacti that they are willing to sell clippings off? ebay is terrible, $5 for a puny piece + $5 for shipping. Not worth it. I checked whatever nurseries I could online and they are either stuck in the 90s or if they do accept paypal, they have bad selection. Why is this so hard to do?

I just want to have plants I can throw outside year round and forget about them. Like my semps, I love them. My regular succulents Im trying to get rid of mealies and then bring them outside for spring. I dont have much space inside so I cant increase my normal succulent collection.
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Old 04-08-2014, 09:32 PM   #110
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Update! Got 2 new cacti (1 baby) and bought a ground cover seedum or whatever you call them, its hardy to zone 5 so Im happy. Ill take a pic of it some day.

For now, I have the pics of my new cacti. My agave didnt do well during winter. I watered it maybe 3 or 4 times the whole winter. It was under my T8 and close to the heater, maybe heat got to it?

Also you see the Flanders field of my succulent tray. I got proper mealy bug oil and am hoping they all died out before spring. Im thinking of just making pots out of all that soil. Im just worried if theres anything in the soil.


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Old 04-08-2014, 09:44 PM   #111
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I can recommend http://www.coldhardycactus.com/

I personally know the owner. He collects and breeds cold hardy cactus. I have a few in hypertufa pots in my yard that did well over several winters until the crow ate them. Now they are scarred, but still surviving.

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I can recommend http://www.coldhardycactus.com/

I personally know the owner. He collects and breeds cold hardy cactus. I have a few in hypertufa pots in my yard that did well over several winters until the crow ate them. Now they are scarred, but still surviving.

They look beautiful, also the crow part sucks but was funny. Pigeons are going nuts since its spring, they pecked out several of my seps (9th floow balcony). I put them back in since they didnt fly off with it and have a net atm.

About the site you mentioned, I like his collection but I dont support people who are stuck in the 90s. I refuse to mail checks, like all other sites I would use paypal. This is the issue with atleast 2 other online nurseris Ive visited. I finally found 1 guy from cali who has a few zone 5 cacti.
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Bummer, I didn't get to the payment part. Fortunately for me I can walk into Timberline nursery and pay with credit card.

I lost a few semps over the winter but a lot of others have come through very well and I have a LOT of them. Are you up to a small swap?
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Bummer, I didn't get to the payment part. Fortunately for me I can walk into Timberline nursery and pay with credit card.

I lost a few semps over the winter but a lot of others have come through very well and I have a LOT of them. Are you up to a small swap?
I would love a trade, but I hardly have anything. I think I mentioned on the previous page how I killed majority of them. There were two days during winter when the temps were above freezing, so I decided to water them. I missed a few semps, which survived. The rest have turned brown and are long dead. Lesson learned.

Id love to see pics of your semps. You have other zone 5 cacti?

I know it sounds crazy, but I was thinking if I could pay you thru paypal for the plants I want from that nursery + shipping and you could go there, purchase them and have them ship to my address. Just a thought. Currently Im waiting till mid april before I can purchase with the other person due to below freezing temps.

My fav cactus atm is Escobaria leei. Its different, beautiful, hardy to zone 5/4 and pups real quick (its on my future purchase list).
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So Samee, are you still doing hens & chicks? I am just now thinking about setting up a big pot of them by my pool.
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It's still too early to buy cactus yet - the nursery doesn't really have anything out because we could still get a lot of winter yet. Next time I see the owner, I'll talk to him.
OTOH if you want semps, I could send some for the price of postage. I have a lot of varieties.
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So Samee, are you still doing hens & chicks? I am just now thinking about setting up a big pot of them by my pool.
Yes Im still doing semps, I think I have maybe 6 or 7 alive at the most. Are you thinking of buying them? Sorry I didnt understand your post. If you are, go for it. They are very very tuff. As long as you are not an idiot like me and water them during winter, they should be fine. Just make sure their soil is cacti and succulent and throw in small pebbles if you can.

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Thanks, Im happy so many people have replied, shared interest and their plants. I actually feel like there are more people here than on cacti and succulent forums. The community is no where close to our aquatic plant community. Which sucks because I want to talk and learn about my new craze.

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It's still too early to buy cactus yet - the nursery doesn't really have anything out because we could still get a lot of winter yet. Next time I see the owner, I'll talk to him.
OTOH if you want semps, I could send some for the price of postage. I have a lot of varieties.
Yea I think all the nurseries are waiting atm for mid april at the earliest.

Sure, that would be great. Though I do not have alot of space it would be nice to replace the dead ones.

Also Id like to see more pics from you :P
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Samee

One thing I need to consider when growing cacti outdoors is my wet climate. Many cacti can handle the cold when they are dry over winter. Being wet and cold is a whole 'nuther story. I was at the Connecticut Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale last Saturday and heard John Spain give a talk on growing cacti outdoors in the cold and wet climate of the Northeast. Very helpful. Here's an article on him with photo's of some of his gardens. He's living in Middlebury CT now. http://www.dig-itmag.com/features/gr...y/384_0_4_0_M/

He wrote a booklet on growing cacti in cold and wet areas based on his over 30 years (maybe even 40) experiance. He is an expert. He is also a generous gentleman. The end of the article gives his address in order to order the book. You will need to send a check. (personally, I really think you should rethink your reluctance to send a check-you are cutting yourself off from some good sources.)

Here is another source of cold hardy cacti: Cactus Specialties in Livermore, CA http://www.cactusspecialties.com/ He does take Paypal. I have ordered from him and the one below. Both are very good on service. Both will talk to you on the phone if you catch them at the right time.

Here is another cactus source. Miles2Go. Miles Anderson. http://www.miles2go.com/ You will have to know which plants are cold hardy to buy from him. Many Echinocereus plants will handle the cold fine. Here's one he says handles neg 20F http://www.miles2go.com/images/5478.jpg
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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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