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Some pics on a mild March day/update on Graptopetalum paraguayens

Posted by jimhardy Iowa 5b? (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 14, 13 at 17:38

The small Grapto held on for a while-like that little dog in the movie Vacation that was tied to the bumper.....don't know if you can make them out among the Ice plants.

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Some were covered with a popcorn popper lid-no heat...winter minimum low of -4F.

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These did better,the one on the right is mushy the one on the left still solid and the babies look healthy still!

I think with some moisture cover these could be hardy to at least z6!

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In the cactus cover

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The Trichocereus terscheckii made it.

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C.cerifera still in the cactus shelter

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The other Princeps..cactus shelter

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A.Parryi and a pup it threw out a few years ago...

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B.Eriospatha enjoying some sun

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Small S.Brazoria thats been uncovered for about a week or so.

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Little T.Tesan
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S.Louisiana

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Needle

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Waggie

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Nainital

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Fortunei

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Rare nice March day with temps in the mid 50s in town..

Thanks for looking!

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RE: Some pics on a mild March day/update on Graptopetalum paragua

Everything is looking good. Will be interesting to know if the ghost plant comes back. I did cover mine but would like to not cover it.


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RE: Some pics on a mild March day/update on Graptopetalum paragua

how did you ammend the soil in that cactus area Jim? I am about to start working on mine..suppose to be 60 here tomm. and would like any info I can. last thing I want to do is work on it for a week and have the soil rot everything out.


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RE: Some pics on a mild March day/update on Graptopetalum paragua

How cold did it get within your enclosures this winter? Looks like the snow is finally gone! The palms all looks very healthy and I like the shape of the Waggie is cool.


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RE: Some pics on a mild March day/update on Graptopetalum paragua

Thanks Chad

I think for sure the side shoots will and possibly the small plant on the left-
the trunk is still solid on it!

Mike

I dug out 12-18" and lined the bottom with limestone for drainage,the I added sand and soil 50/50 at the bottom 1/3,all the rest is about
40/40% pea gravel/sand and 20% soil from the same area.

I wish I did that the first year-I ended up having to do it the following summer and digging around all the plants!
I was not thinking when I did it at first,I just piled sand up over the soil
that was there,this acted as a mulch to keep the soil wet underneath-dah!

Thanks Chi-palm

Most of the palms were spoiled as they were on the same circuit as the bigger Princeps,they probably didn't see much below 18F or so
but there was a brief visit to 12F after sunset for about an hour or so.
The cactus shelter very rarely ever saw below 20F.


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RE: Some pics on a mild March day/update on Graptopetalum paragua

Looks great!


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RE: Some pics on a mild March day/update on Graptopetalum paragua

thanks Jim I figured I was going to have to dig down a bit. looks like an all day project for me.


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RE: Some pics on a mild March day/update on Graptopetalum paragua

Your palms look great!


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