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Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2009 - 11:24am PT
Mammillaria luethyi, very rare in cultivation


Lithops optica "rubra"
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
May 18, 2009 - 01:46pm PT
Them ruby Lithops look like they need to be lanced or biopsied!
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2009 - 01:47pm PT
Bump for more folks to post

Matucana madsonsorium
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
May 18, 2009 - 01:52pm PT
Hey DrF: The last two years have some harsh cold out here on the sand for a few days. The snap wiped out about 50% of my specimens.

Do you have any (maybe 10?) recommendations for cold hardy cactus? Or, any variety that seems to handle it better than others?
klk

Trad climber
cali
May 18, 2009 - 02:11pm PT
wow, some really nice specimens. great shots, too.
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2009 - 02:20pm PT
Fishy
The American native plants are obviously the best, since they live in the same enviro

There are alot of folks that grow in colder areas that have good luck with cold hardy species, I will get some more info

But I do know Echinocereus species, opunitas, Ferocactus are better than alot of plants

If you could put a tarp over the plants during freezes, it helps, or bring your plants indoors

Any time you grow plants in the ground, freezing temps and rodents will be a big problem

Most of my good plants are in a locked greenhouse that keeps bugs, rodents and freezing temps out
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2009 - 02:41pm PT
Tucker Tech's Wall Garden

I wasn't sure if Tucker has a camera or computer, so I thought I would post some photos I took at his Walled Palace
Todd Gordon took me over there during the Sushi Fest

Wall of Chollas


Opuntia pads over 18" across


Some type of Notocactus flowering


Oreocereus, cold hardy from the Andes


This is a rare plant from Death Valley area and into Nevada and Arizona, its one I don't have yet, and coveted this nice specimen,
Todd Gordon said he found it in Sedona, and gave it to Tucker
Sclerocactus johnstonii
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, Ca.
May 18, 2009 - 03:10pm PT
Oreocereus, cold hardy from the Andes

I have one of those, isn't it also nicknamed 'Old Man of the Andes'?

Mine never flower though, I think I may need hit 'em with some cactus juice or something.

I used to have one of these babies, but it died.
Ah, the link ain't working. It's a 'black tree', aeonium
Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
May 18, 2009 - 03:40pm PT
Dr F and Russ Walling,

Thanks for the excellent pictures. I've keyed out a few of the native barrels, opuntias, mammalarias and such but am marveling at the sheer diversity from your collections.

Russ, you mention San Pedro being sold for money. BITD a friend and I went door to door in So Cal asking for San Pedro cuttings for our "collection". Many said to take all we wanted. Even got some from a huge display at the OC courthouse in Santa Ana. No shortage of the stuff so don't know who would pay for it.

After trial and error, we came up with a usable recipe: Place several one foot sections on a baking tray. Stab them all over with a fork. Put in freezer overnight. Take out the next day and thaw. Collect all the juice in a pot and discard the sections (compost, people, compost). Boil down the vile juice into a bitter goo (reduction). Drink a shot glass worth of the most horrible flavor known to humans (makes peyote taste like candy in comparison). Chase with peanut butter. Wait about an hour then discard ego. 1 foot section = shot glass of goo.
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
May 18, 2009 - 03:44pm PT
TTR: what is sorta interesting about the SanPedro deal.... you can sell them, in sections, with just a straight cut. But, if you peel them, mash them, or manipulate them in any way, or try to sell just the skin, or just the core, it is illegal. It is then considered a "manufactured drug" by the Man. Interesting, and probably true.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
May 18, 2009 - 03:49pm PT
russ, I've heard the same about San Pedro and for Asian Poppies, OK to grow them but as soon as you slit one the wrong way you've just opened yourself to the possibility of a surprise visit.
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - May 18, 2009 - 07:59pm PT
I can't believe I spelt the title wrong "Cacit", what the hell, I need to watch what I say, LOL

Here's a couple more
Faucaria tubercolusa "Super Warty"


Todays Flower
Notocactus rosioflorus


Astrophytums


Grafted plants are cool
mongrel

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
May 18, 2009 - 08:37pm PT
Let's see if this works:



Echinocereus rigidissimus as an alien being

Somewhere I've got a good Selenicereus image or two, I'll post one later and bump this back up to pg. 1.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
May 18, 2009 - 10:52pm PT
mongrel, your cactus is smiling.

Calling Dr F- Do those grafts only work if both are from the same genus? More excellent creatures, thanks for growing and posting.
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2009 - 11:16am PT
Mongrel, nice plant, I have three

On grafting, the plants need to be in the same Family, not the genius level

So its cacti on cacti

The bottom plant (stock) has strong roots, fast growth and a long growing season
The top plant (scion)is usually slow growing, has sensitive roots, and difficult to grow, and hence highly desirable

Some grafted plants are degrafted after they are big enough, and rerooted; some will never live long off the graft

Plants are casually classified by their availability and growing ease,
common means easily grown and can be found in many nurseries

medium difficulty means less available, and more difficult to keep alive, needs some special treatment, like no water in the winter

Difficult plants means; easy to kill, and harder to find because they take very special growing conditions that only experts growers will provide
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2009 - 11:55am PT
Heres todays flower
Thelocactus heterochromus
nita

climber
chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
May 19, 2009 - 12:08pm PT
Are you giving home garden tours?
wtfd

climber
May 19, 2009 - 01:29pm PT
any psychoactive varieties?
Dr. F.

climber
So Cal
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2009 - 01:50pm PT
We have folks over all the time,
and sell plants and rocks
If truly interested, send a PM

And how many times will I have to say something about psycoactive plants
we do not grow them and would never recommend eating anything we grow, since we use to many poisonous chemicals on them, and maybe toxic to eat, they are toxic to bugs
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol, CA
May 19, 2009 - 02:36pm PT
Sickness! I'm another sucker for a good succulent. Do you have any of these?






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