Mesemb Dish Garden?

Microthrix(9)June 17, 2012

I just went outside today and looked at my cactus dish gardens and thought "that would be cool with mesembs" ... is this a good idea? Would they all work with their specific watering scedules? Can lithops, pleiospilos, aloinopsis, frithia, all live in the same pot together?

Thanks for any replies!


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JessieC777(Washington State 5)

I'm glad you asked this question! I was wondering the same thing. My mom gave me an awesome pot that would be perfect...

    Bookmark   June 17, 2012 at 3:16PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I have grown fenestaria, pleiosipilos, faucaria, with Euphorbia perle van nurnberg , stapelia, opuntia monocantha for a couple of years. so far so good. It is a large dish and sometimes I water one side but not the other.

I put a aloinopsis shooneesii and a A. malherbei, Delasperma congestum, a senecio himalaya, cold hardy graptopetalum and a couple of semperviron. I think I might have a sedum hernandezii. I used rocks to create mini spaces because I herd that the alionopsis likes a small crowded space. I will have to protect it from the semp. We will see about this one.

I will be posting some pictures in a bit. I create a mountain with rocks so there is a level change to help with the drainage. I don't know if I am breaking the rules. I just did it because I get bored of the one plant in a pot routine. I like to change it up, making a little landscape.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 12:40AM
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JessieC777(Washington State 5)

Sounds very cool Mara, I'd love to see pictures! :-)

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 1:19AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I have been going a little troth Garden crazy this spring. Some of these are hardy to different degrees . We will see what lives in the cold hardy to twenty dish next Spring.. I am testing out info from a source on the web. Some I don't believe but I am going to "act as if". I just could not stop buying Graptoveras, Echeverias, sedums and the rosette forming succulents. Many of my plants are tiny and invisible. I have some brown echeveria and graptovera babies without a name nessled in the gravel

There was a question about mixing different mesembs, alionopsis, pleiosipilos,faucarias in a dish. I have included those pictures at the end too.

Beachplants (or anyone), I have a question for you, the alionopsis malherbei in the last picture has a babble of tiny growth in ithe center of the rosette. Is that meristem damage, desease, next years growth, flower buds? It is the last picture

I kinda blew it on my fertilizing

Here are some old troth or CALDRON gardens and a smaller cactus troth that I am always changing up . I have two more A. victoria-reginae that are to be inserted into the cracks of the piled rock. They like to grow on cliff walls in Nature.

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Here is the photo with the Alionopsis question about the plant's center.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 8:57AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Yikes I double posted accidently. I meant to put this on its own post and then did not see it and then did it again. Sorry guys.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 9:20AM
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just doublechecking: you posted with Euphorbia perle van nurnberg in your first reply - did you mean
Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg' (typo?). I was trying to find a pics of it...Thnx. Rina

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 10:27AM
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your mixed dishes/planters are beautiful...Rina

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 10:28AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I guess I left out the caps and the quotes. It would not be the first time nor the last. You are lucky I spelled right ... or is it right? Sorry. I am not the most exact person.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 12:07PM
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Mara, I didn't mean the caps & quotes, but you wrote euphorbia instead of echeveria...not trying to pick on you, but I started looking for pics of what you wrote because I thought that there is euphorbia perle, that shows you how much I know! And I copied the name, so that is why it was correct.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 7:49PM
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