Breakin' up families

ctreeteac(Zone 8b; rain-spewing Oregon)July 26, 2013

Did some of that yesterday, and enjoyed it. :)


became an almost-solitary mother and several little pups who all came off easily and with roots. Four pups now on their own, two potted with Mom.

The favorite, with ten pups, was split off as well. Most of its pups have flowered in the last two months, which is great.


Now (7 of the 10):

I think I heard a discussion among them concerning Canadian living conditions and cat culture, Jeff, but I'm not sure.

Then, there's the G. glomerata leaf that one cat here, who won't admit to it, knocked off a plant three weeks ago. Threw a little rooting powder on it and tossed it in soil, and forgot about it. No roots yet, but I was a bit late in noticing something else. In three weeks? Glomerata does the work fast.

Not the only one to be thrown somewhere and abused this summer. Except, ashamed to say, not all have had the luxury of soil. But they still do their job.

-- Colleen

This post was edited by teatree on Fri, Jul 26, 13 at 1:19

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No soil and they grow like that? WOW

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 9:17AM
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ctreeteac(Zone 8b; rain-spewing Oregon)

Yes, some leaves do! I just had more Echeveria 'Black Prince' leaves than I knew what to do with, and that's one plant/leaf that will start rooting and/or producing new plants after a few weeks of laying somewhere without soil. These started making new plants before roots, but most seem to be beginning to put out roots now. I'll quit being lazy and get 'em in soil soon.

Many leaves can fall on the ground off somewhere and start the rooting and growing process without your realizing. Neglect works. :)

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    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 10:06AM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

Ha ha, Colleen...whatever abuse you put your plant wards through...they still make it! You're a good plant Mama, breaking up families or not! Now, MY abuse is bordering on folks calling the PAH (Plant Abuse Hotline). =)

I think maybe you & Jeff need to get your kitties under control. ;)

All your plants look great! Thanks for showing!

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 11:09AM
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Colleen! Is there any way you would share some of those black prince leaves if I sent you postage? I've got some pups and newly rooted leaves that I could trade, as well, I'm just not sure if you're looking for anything.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 6:07PM
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ctreeteac(Zone 8b; rain-spewing Oregon)

Yes, Danielle, I would. Why don't you send me an e-mail (if that doesn't work for you, tell me, but after clicking my username here, there should be an option to send me an e-mail). This forum is not an exchange forum, of course, so I mind my "P"s and "Q"s. ;)

There's E. 'Black Prince,' but also its cousin, 'Black Knight,' and I have leaves and such of 'Black Knight' too. And this is the full plant of 'Black Prince,' for clarity's sake. Pictured a couple winters ago, without its full summer darker color. Great plant.

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    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 8:00PM
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Beautiful armstrongiis, Colleen! I have 2 that are in bloom right now but just slightly out of sync. I may get a few flowers that coincide and hopefully make some pure seed.
Great photos.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 8:49PM
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ctreeteac(Zone 8b; rain-spewing Oregon)

Of course, have to thank you for that plant shopping, Rosemarie. The first G. pictured--the awesome fat one, as I call him :)--is, of course, thanks to you.

Seed experimentation I should do one of these days... First time doing anything is always the shakiest.

The large G. you last sent, Ryan, is just starting flowering. Great, great plant. The one bestowed on me from Jeff a year ago bloomed two months ago, but is now sending up another shoot. :)

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 11:20PM
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Oh, excellent! Mama is blooming now too! She's sent up a huge inflorescence, actually. Maybe a pic later... my neighbors are painting their house and I have everything covered in plastic.

It's interesting which Gasterias are in bloom right now. I have armstrongii, brachyphylla, the big stacked mama that you mentioned, and a few other big ones that I suspect are armstrongii hybrids.

Great title, by the way.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 2:17AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I guess you don't like family closeness. Every one has to have their own room, huh?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 4:13AM
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ctreeteac(Zone 8b; rain-spewing Oregon)

Ooooh, brachyphylla. Sigh!

And normally I do prefer keeping the families together, Mara. Haws I rarely ever split up; I don't find them at all impressive alone. But this time, eh, might as well, I figured, because I was going to re-pot and these guys are more likely to find different homes in the future. The one with ten pups I was kind of "awwwwww" after I split them up, because I do prefer the look of the cluster, but it's okay; that one pups fast.

I'm an only child, though... solitary from birth. :)

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 11:00AM
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Those are fat and awesome! I need more Gasteria!!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 9:52PM
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That first picture looks like an alien being.Nice,all of them.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 10:41PM
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Being fruitful and multiplying, isn't it ever so satisfying. You're doing it ever so well. I'll have to look around for a G. brachyphylla for ya, C, so that another check mark can be made. I think I have one (Ryan has the mother plant) but I'm not terribly enthralled with mine (truth be told, I never was), so maybe it's saying it should go to a proper home in OR...Gasteria anthropomorphizing is, however, not for the faint of heart.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2013 at 11:39AM
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ctreeteac(Zone 8b; rain-spewing Oregon)

Don't spiral and I'll usually love you, is my Gasteria motto...with several exceptions; if you're a G. batesiana or G. excelsa, you can get away with anything. I've seen some really great G. brachyphylla pictured and some just alright. Depends on the specimen for me, and if I were to wait it out until it's fully grown, I might learn to love it if I didn't earlier on. G. bicolor is usually the one I consider a big dud when I see it, but again, depends on the plant. The dislike isn't even related to my growing dislike of the miniature H. b. v. liliputana.

Over here, I'm seeing H. croucheri (a spiraler, but I've got one and like its fatness) and H. ellaphieae (have it, too, and when purchased didn't realize it would spiral) quite a bit locally now. And G. rawlinsonii, the sloth I do like. And that's great; I like more variety coming around these parts.

This post was edited by teatree on Tue, Jul 30, 13 at 14:35

    Bookmark   July 30, 2013 at 2:23PM
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bougainvillea(8b/ VA Beach)

Beautiful mommy and pups :) I had 3 Gasteria armstrongii planted in a pot before but lost them....they were gift from another member of this forum. A hungry squirrel took them I guess :( I found only one out of three not far away from the pot but died already. TFS, you have beautiful Gasteria :)


    Bookmark   July 30, 2013 at 4:04PM
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