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Old 09-03-2010, 02:23 PM   #16
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Thanks ReefkprZ. I did some reading last night and it sounds like the leaves always fall off at the end of the growing season so, maybe that's all it is. I guess I'll just leave it alone for awhile and water very sparingly.
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Old 09-04-2010, 08:00 PM   #17
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Do some research on your plant. You have its ID, Google it and find out what it requires for good growth. Some succulents need zero water when dormant, and can die if they are watered.
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Old 09-04-2010, 09:08 PM   #18
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Yes, as stated above, I did a little research after my post on the plant and think I've got this one covered but you're right, my laziness in learning about the requirements is showing. 8 need to make a trip or two to the library. I am embarassed to say that I tend not to research until after there is a problem.

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Old 09-05-2010, 12:47 AM   #19
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Yes, as stated above, I did a little research after my post on the plant and think I've got this one covered but you're right, my laziness in learning about the requirements is showing. 8 need to make a trip or two to the library. I am embarassed to say that I tend not to research until after there is a problem.

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Old 09-05-2010, 12:52 AM   #20
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Hey you got a Matalea. I have a Matalea (lost the species name somehow) that I have had going for several years and it is one of my favorite plants.

Yours looks like it might have just gone dormant already. It will probably be fine, but you might not see any new growth on it until spring.

During the winter I give mine a little shot of water every few weeks.
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Old 09-05-2010, 02:42 AM   #21
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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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Old 09-05-2010, 03:03 AM   #22
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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.
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Old 09-05-2010, 10:51 PM   #23
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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.
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Cool stuff. If you're ever near LA, you gotta check out Huntington gardens. They have an impressive succulent exhibit.
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:45 PM   #25
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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.

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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

http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/unde...ens/index.html

Very neat collection you have!

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Old 08-26-2011, 12:09 AM   #27
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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!
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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!
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I added more pics to post #1, I think this covers everything I currently have.
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Old 10-11-2011, 01:37 AM   #30
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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.

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