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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 1:11 pm 
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So I was really happy to find this fabulous plant at the San Diego C&SS this past Feb. It's in a 3" pot. The vendor was a guy named Cactus Jordi...you all might know him. :wink:

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I have had it in my garden window getting morning and early afternoon sun. I watered it about a week after I got it and the side flat leaves seemed to looking like they wanted to turn to mush...they got soft and wrinkled. AHHH. Noooooo! :shock: Haven't watered it since then.

I did a little research and I'm thinking that they are from a low rainfall area in habitat. I would love to grow this outside in SoCal but am not sure now. Perhaps we get too much rain here in the winter. Should I give it very little water in the winter and then let it go dormant in the summer? Looking for some growing tips. Anyone?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 1:57 pm 
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Reg-ina,
I also have plants from this guy, but they are doing fine.
They are planted outside without any protection in the ground or in pots and come up as volunteers even. So they obviously survive or even love our winter rains and the draught in summer.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:06 pm 
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Awesome. Great! Those pictures really helped! Thank you. :D

I have just the spot for it then. I love that you have volunteers too. Yippeeee. Can only hope that mine is happy and does the same.

Are those pictures current? Are yours currently in bud ready to bloom soon?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:13 pm 
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reggie wrote:
...Are those pictures current? Are yours currently in bud ready to bloom soon?

I took the photos 25 minutes ago!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:19 pm 
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CactusJordi wrote:
reggie wrote:
...Are those pictures current? Are yours currently in bud ready to bloom soon?

I took the photos 25 minutes ago!


Yaba daba dooo! Sweet thing. :mrgreen:

Be sure to post some shots when they actually bloom. :D

So very happy.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:13 am 
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I was going to say that these sort of plants are often poorly grown and very sensitive when you receive them, but I see it came from Jordi. It doesn't look on the verge of death to me.

These are strictly winter growers. They won't be happy indoors in winter, except maybe in the fridge. Warm nights and water will kill them pretty quickly and even if it doesn't kill them it will stress them and they won't look happy. Outside, nights cool or even around freezing. Sunny days in winter, maybe some afternoon shade in summer if that is possible.

In summer the wide flat leaves will dry up completely and the upright leaves in the centre will sheath over and turn white. Don't panic and leave them alone. Jordi can tell you better but most likely they can just coast through summer without any attention at all from you. Here in England I have to keep them entirely dry just to make the old leaves dry up.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:29 pm 
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Well, that's all the motivation I needed. I planted it outside this weekend in a mesemb based bowl that I was creating. Hope it survives ... flourishes.

Thanks everyone for the advise.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:29 pm 
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Reg-ina,

I wonder how your dish-garden will look in late summer. Please don't forget to upload a photo!

Here are now the photos of the flowering Cheiidopsis peculiaris in my yard.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:43 pm 
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Thanks Jordi for uploading those blooming shots. I too wonder how things will look at the end of summer. I'm crossing my fingers that things will be ok.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:47 am 
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reggie wrote:
I'm crossing my fingers that things will be ok.


Lovely plants! And they are blooming right now. Hoping for your plants best! :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:15 pm 
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So here is an update...

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A bit concerned...especially the bit on the right. Should I be?


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:52 pm 
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They should dry up. Completely. The flat outer leaves shrivelled to nothing and the tall inner ones white bone dry crispy. Inside the tall leaves should still be fat, next year's leaves waiting to burst out at the end of summer.

I'm slightly concerned about the base of the leaves. The old leaves have gone very early and are the tall ones rotting at the base? So long as they're not then they're fine. Seems early for them to be drying out but maybe it is warm there already? Don't pamper them and try to keep them green once it gets hot. Once they dry out they need almost no water all summer. More than a rare splash will rot them.

Here's a shot of one in summer. Not quite entirely sheathed, but then I'm not in California or South Africa.
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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 11:30 pm 
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Thanks shrubs_n_bulbs for the photo and help. The beginning of April we did start having hot weather...90 degree days on occasion. :shock:

Here is an update on what my little guy looks like today. Funny how the left side looks like it "should," all shriveled up. The other side is still plump. ??? Weird. Ever see anything like this? It hasn't died so I'm hoping for the best. :D

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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 9:49 pm 
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Regina, I hope the best for your plant, but somehow the quality of yours is not very convincing.
Mine look better still, though they didn't get artificial watering:
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:50 pm 
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Update:

My C. peculiaris made it through the summer! Stoked. :D
Now after a light rain this is what it looks like.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:34 am 
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It's looking great now, Regina!! :D I'd be stoked too!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 2:58 pm 
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Regg, I also would be stoked. :D You got it from a great plant source. At one time I had it growing from seed for a while. But as usual it died before it was two. :cry: Keep up the good growing.


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