Biggest,fastest,growing succulemts.

stanofhNovember 23, 2008

Just watched an old Victory Garden episode of the Huntington. The guest host from Britian went nutz over the enormous Yucca filifera and Aloe barbarae. Here in the S.F. bay area I nominate Yucca elephantipes or the unnamed various hybrids that are sold. I have one I planted over 20 years ago that looks very much like Y.filifera with a huge base. I have it planted next to a rental cottage and despite an attempt by past renters to cut down(don't ask, it just upsets me more to this day)has become my largest succulent-by far.

What's your's..your fastest for your area?,that you nominate for the world? for the potted plant collector? plenty of subcategorys..what ever YOU think. Thankx

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cactusjordi(z10 CA)

Here are mine. Planted in the ground as seedlings with 3-4 leaves in 2000.

Aloe dichotoma:

Aloe ramosissima (photos taken in 2006!):

And the tallest, Agave decipiens. Planted in '00 or '01:


    Bookmark   November 23, 2008 at 8:28PM
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Jaw droppers.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2008 at 8:38PM
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You have done exceptionally well. Norma

    Bookmark   November 23, 2008 at 11:34PM
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cactusjordi(z10 CA)

But I can't take any credit for that success. It is entirely the plants', soil's and climate's credit!


    Bookmark   November 23, 2008 at 11:52PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Those are stunning! Beautiful! You must be thrilled.

Here the Aloes grow fast, too.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2008 at 2:09AM
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Wow! Exactly how tall are the Aloe dichotomas--I'm having trouble with the scale. I have some VERY young seedlings (planted 16 days ago--just a seed leaf about 1 inch tall). Where do you live in California? How long does it take to reach the 3-4 leaf stage when you planted them in the ground?

I bought the seeds from J.L. Hudson for $2.00, the pack had about 50 seeds. I highly recommend that company. No minimum order, shipping for small orders is $1.50.

The first signs of germination were after only 4 days. Six of the first 10 germinated. Coincidentally, I just planted 10 more earlier tonight. These are from a winter rain area, so fall is the time to plant (according to Silverhill Seeds).

Here is a link that might be useful: J.L. Hudson, Seedsman

    Bookmark   November 25, 2008 at 5:42AM
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not to get off track, but what are the 2 trees to the right in the last photo?
I've been looking for trees like that to place on either side of my house

    Bookmark   November 25, 2008 at 8:28PM
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cactusjordi(z10 CA)

Those are Italian Cypress, I think. I planted those also in 2000 as 3 or 4 ft tall plants.

Mark, it's dark now, so I'm not in the mood to go and measure. But it might give you an idea: I am 5'11" and can hardly, but just reach the lowest flowers of the right hand plant for pollination. I bought the seedlings, so I don't know how long it takes to get them to this size. My guess is 2 years maximum in a commercial nursery.
I live 20 minutes east of San Diego.


Here they are in spring '04:

    Bookmark   November 25, 2008 at 11:05PM
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