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Subject: Succulents and Palm Trees
Date Posted: 3/2/2008 10:33 AM ET
Member Since: 11/29/2005
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Hi all,

I'm new to this forum but am a big house plant lover and caregiver. My two passions are succulents and palm trees. I was wondering if there is anyone else on here that is into either one of these? I'm always looking for different types of succulents to grow. I grow my palm trees from seed but have many different kinds as well.

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 7:33 AM ET
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Hi Collette,

Welcome!  At one time I tried growing some palms but never had any luck except with the one common one.  I forget its name.  I liked it - forget what happened to it.  I've never grown many succulents but my MIL gave me a burro's tail and I try to keep it going.  Well, it lives but keeping it looking nice is the issue.  It's the kind that is bluish green and bits fall off if you bump it.

What all are you growing?  My MIL had quite a few cacti but she is 91 now and I don't know if they are still all there or not.  Some were very big (for indoors in PA!)  I got some weird little succulent that must be a greenhouse pest.  DH calls it a monkey tree but I don't see it with that name. The leaves get babies all along them. 

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 10:38 AM ET
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Hi Diana,

What a coincidence! I have a burro's tail growing off of my reading balconey and its one of my favorite plants. They are very sensitive to drying out. I had someone come in and pet/plant sit last year for 8 days and he forgot about the plants up on the balconey. I don't think a few tails on the plant will ever be the same as the "leaves" dried up, fell off and never came back. :(  Oh well. Its growing a ton of new tails.

I also have two pretty large jade trees which are the typical jade (dollar plant) and tons of babies off of it growing in little succulent gardens around my solarium. I also have a varigated jade and a baby toes jade (Crassula Gollum).  Actually I have a lot of Crassula when I look at them all. lol I must like them!

I also have a large ALOE-MARLOTHII, a few ALOE-JUVENNA and an ALOE- CROSBYS PROLIFIC

I could go on here for a bit but won't. That gives you an idea though. I just think succulents are wonderful!

I don't do as well with cacti as I water once a week and they don't like that. I am getting better and try for every other week on them and only a dribble of water at that. The ones I have seem to do ok with that.

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 5:09 PM ET
Member Since: 5/29/2007
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Date Posted: 5/5/2008 6:38 PM ET
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Hi Julie,

I just saw your reply. I haven't been in here for awhile. Do you grow your Sagos outside or inside? I have an indoor one and I love it. It's a bit overshadowed by the a ponytail palm and a canary island date palm also in that pot but it still seems to be doing well.

I don't know much about them but I did read somewhere that they weren't palm trees. I have many palms too. Do you have any tips for caring for the Sagos since you grow them?

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 7:36 PM ET
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I have a few pony tail palms, indoors, but they probably aren't real palms either. LOL  I also have some jade plants and hens and chicks,  and some barrel cacti.  Alll indoors except the hens and chicks.  I love succulents!  :)

Subject: succulents
Date Posted: 5/5/2008 9:40 PM ET
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I have a lovely old jade plant and need to pot some of the little ones that have sprouted from leaves.  A friend's jade plant blooms, but mine never have.  Would like for it to.

 

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 9:58 AM ET
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I just got back from a trip to AZ and found a wonderful nursery (they ship too!!) that only seemed to have cacti and succulents. I will definately be doing some business with them and their prices were super cheap compared to up here. My mom had them send me an Agavi (shouldn't get as big as the one in my avator picture) that is varigated (sp?). I also have a new golden barrel cactus that is about 12". It's very cool but super sharp! lol

I just checked on our ponytail palms and they aren't real palms either. lol Oh well. I still think they are very cool.

Wow! I have never seen a jade plant bloom either. What do the blooms look like?

Subject: blooms
Date Posted: 5/6/2008 3:16 PM ET
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she said they were red - I've not seen them.  Not sure what she does - ignores it I think.  I like the fact mine looks like a small tree - and roots so easily.  she is going to bring me a clipping and I will let you know what happens

 

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 3:43 PM ET
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Thanks! I would love to see a photo of her plant with or without blooms. Interesting. I have a few different types of jade and know there are several out there I don't have.

I love the big trunks they get too. It's amazing how fast they root and grow.