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Old 06-03-2013, 10:42 PM   #61
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Are you doing all your plant work on a balcony?
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Does anyone have Agave toumeyana var. bella? Im in love with it. For a week now Ive spent hours and hours trying to find an agave I can grow in m balcony. Im zone 5/6 and need something that hardy. I was looking at Parryi but its so hard to buy. Then I found the bella which is hardy to my zone and it looks so nice. I wanted to know if it stands a chance here though.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:53 PM   #63
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Just bought Agave Parviflora. I think someone stepped on the box as it was damaged. The plant too is damaged

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Old 07-24-2013, 04:50 PM   #64
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Update!!!!

Its a mess I know, its my first setup ever!



Agave parviflora



I also have Agave parryi truncata but its been damaged from the strong sun. So Im not going to post here


Aloe vera var chinensis (I think)



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Old 07-31-2013, 01:02 AM   #65
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Thanks for posting all those picts of the hens and chicks plants. My grandmother use to keep a lot of them growing in her rock garden wall. Brought back a lot of memories.
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:13 AM   #66
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My moms hen and chicks just bloomed. Thought of your thread. What happened to the poor plant that was stepped on?
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Very nice collection!
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Thanks everyone

The box the plant was in was stepped on, its the Agave parviflora. As you can see, one leaf is bent and one is half missing. atm I think its growing, not sure. I misted it one day and its really cool, the white hair twirl inwards when water touches them.
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The box the plant was in was stepped on, its the Agave parviflora. As you can see, one leaf is bent and one is half missing. atm I think its growing, not sure. I misted it one day and its really cool, the white hair twirl inwards when water touches them.
Agaves can be painfully slow growing. One of mine that i have had for over a year just now produced a leaf. once they start a growth spurt they usually produce leafs quickish. Be careful spraying them like that. As they can rot rather quickly. I spray my plants about once a month and blow the water out.
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Agaves can be painfully slow growing. One of mine that i have had for over a year just now produced a leaf. once they start a growth spurt they usually produce leafs quickish. Be careful spraying them like that. As they can rot rather quickly. I spray my plants about once a month and blow the water out.

I dont mist any of my succulents, I was misting my bonsai and I thought to mist the agave, pretty cool and worth the mist Besides that misting does not help them, I only give a good watering once a week. As for the agaves, I water them once a month.
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I dont mist any of my succulents, I was misting my bonsai and I thought to mist the agave, pretty cool and worth the mist Besides that misting does not help them, I only give a good watering once a week. As for the agaves, I water them once a month.
I should have worded my post a little better. The reason I spray my plants off is because my back yard is dusty. I know it doesn't benefit to them. I was just saying I make sure there isn't any excess water stuck in between the leafs, especially in the summer because of the heat. I have to water my agaves once a week when they are actively growing in summer.
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I should have worded my post a little better. The reason I spray my plants off is because my back yard is dusty. I know it doesn't benefit to them. I was just saying I make sure there isn't any excess water stuck in between the leafs, especially in the summer because of the heat. I have to water my agaves once a week when they are actively growing in summer.
Ah I see.

My aloe is growing like crazy, the pups are growing very quick. I think I will water my agaves, Ive been scared to water the parviflora as its very very xeric. I will water both this weekend though.
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Look into making a planter out of Hypertufa, a mixture of Portland Cement, Sphagnum Peat Moss and Perlite. Great outdoors and does not crack in the winter when it freezes. I own two, but I didn't make them. I bought them both at a Connecticut Cactus and Succulent Society spring show. John Spain of CT wrote a booklet on growing cacti in the NE outdoors in the winter. He's really an expert.

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Look into making a planter out of Hypertufa, a mixture of Portland Cement, Sphagnum Peat Moss and Perlite. Great outdoors and does not crack in the winter when it freezes. I own two, but I didn't make them. I bought them both at a Connecticut Cactus and Succulent Society spring show. John Spain of CT wrote a booklet on growing cacti in the NE outdoors in the winter. He's really an expert.

I'll supply links later.
Very interesting. I googled it and found DIY ways to do it. hmm Id love to try this when I have the time. Thanks for sharing.
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Here are some links on trough gardening: http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/4DMG/Garden/trough.htm
http://www.thealpinegarden.com/newtroughgarden.htm

Hardy succulent source: http://mountaincrestgardens.com/hard...utgor5g9tvs717

Hardy cacti source: http://www.intermountaincactus.com/I...ctus/Home.html

Article on John Spain's gardens and his address to buy his booklet called, Growing Winter Hardy Cacti in Cold/Wet Climate Conditions. http://www.dig-itmag.com/features/gr...y/384_0_4_0_M/

John has spent probably over 40 years figuring out which cacti will do well outdoors in the North East.

Here's a photo from this article showing his trough gardens with a number of Hypertufa pots. http://www.dig-itmag.com/photos/inde...s200905g_L.jpg
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