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Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on August 19, 2012 at 9:03pm

Fun new updates everyone, keep them coming!  Sarah, when I start cacti or succulent seeds I use regular potting soil mixed 1:1 with either perlite or pumice, with just a handful of builder's sand mixed in.  I DO let cacti and succulent cuttings air-dry in the shade for a couple of days before planting them.  All except Pereskia, one of the few truly leafy cacti--they like to be potted and watered as soon as they're cut away from the main plant.

Nice new plants, Mo!  Your red flowering one sure looks like Huernia aspera to me, the so-called "lifesaver plant" because the blooms look like little red Lifesaver candies.  It looks great!  Congrats on it, and your new baby, which looks like another Huernia too.  When it cools off a bit, and when my plants stop blooming, I can send you a little piece of my Stapelia grandiflora if you can't find one by then.  Let's chat in 4-6 weeks when our blast furnace cools off, LOL. 

Nice bonsai, Freddy, thanks for sharing it.  You're right that lots of Stapeliads get root mealybugs, I always check whenever I'm repotting.  Boo!  LOL.

Just for fun, here are a couple of pics from my little garden this week.  Yet another flower on a white Matucana madisoniorum (they've been blooming all summer in red, white, orange, and in-between), plus more blooms and buds on the Stapelia grandiflora, and a quick pic of a Hylocereus (I think) blooming on the SW wall in my back garden.

Take care and happy gardening!


Comment by Freddy J. Hill on August 16, 2012 at 8:02pm

Mary, Susan Amoy is one of the best succulent bonsai creators.  We had another gentleman from St. Louis give a talk here in OKC.  That talk got me inspired to try it for real.


Just a note on the stapeliads, they very frequently suffer from root mealy bugs.  They will appear as white spots on the soil/root structure.  It's good to treat with a soak product if you think you have them.  A fellow grower says to always assume they are present when you buy a plant. 

Comment by Mary Adams-zone 6a on August 16, 2012 at 7:45pm

At our monthly meeting in August, we had a succulent bonsai specialist come back (from NY) to give us another demonstration in making succulent bonsais. Her name is Susan Amoy. She has come to St. Louis several times, and she was here for the Mid-states Cactus&Succulent Conference in St. louis in 2010. She is amazing at what she does with bonsais, and she's so fast. I wish I would have taken pics of her creations to show them here. She does have a website: and she wrote an article for the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

Comment by Sarah Jane Curry on August 16, 2012 at 7:15pm

Awesome looking plants!!! I love them!! Mo, you talk about being jealous.. ME TOO!! Man those are awesome specimens!! Love the bonsai tree!!! I love bonsai and I am training my ficus to be braided. Good luck with them!! 

Comment by mo puff on August 16, 2012 at 8:34am

these two pics are of another Stapelia that i have.. Grant do you know this one? It has had a ton of blooms this year ...and i also have peices of this one up for grabs... still have my pouted lips pursed for you large burgundy!

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Comment by mo puff on August 16, 2012 at 8:15am

Heres a pic of my find at ACE plus the gifted piece of Curly Hoya. GRANT, did you notice i left a few peices out of the pot i put the stapelia in?... This is the 'lifesaver'... maybe you would consider a swap.. these peices, for one of your larger burgundy one that you showed us? i am still jealously pouting. Doesnt hurt to ask!

Comment by mo puff on August 16, 2012 at 8:07am

Comment by mo puff on August 15, 2012 at 1:39pm

JOY BE! went to our local ACE Hardware..Ours here in St. Augustine has a great garden and greenhouse. We can always find the most unique and strange plants there because the buyer is TOooO cool. Anyway, I digress... Joy be! I found the " Lifesaver" stinky Stapelia! I did have it b4 but i dont know what happened to it.. it just plain perished. Anyway again... It had fallen out of its pot and was sitting on the "hospital" table, Long story short ... she wrote me a ticket for it [about 7 good strands!], and she only charged me $3!!! and she gave me a piece of variegated curly Hoya! I LOVE my ACE Hardware!


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