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Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jun 18, 2012 4:15 PM CST
I have fallen in love with a picture from a book of a totally "out of my zone" cactus..

Has anyone ever grown this plant as a house plant? I have very low light. And live in Colorado. I think this is only hardy in Zone 8.

Echeveria ‘Afterglow’ Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Am I totally carzy???? Suggestions for therapy appreciated. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 18, 2012 4:25 PM CST
Wow, it sure is a beauty! I found it in the database but no zone listed: Echeveria (Echeveria 'Afterglow')


I wonder if it would do well grown under lights? Some of the Echeveria's sure do have interesting and colorful leaves. I especially like the one called Ruffles listed on this page, near the bottom: The Echeverias Database

Oh wow ... and look at this one called Ebony: Echeveria (Echeveria agavoides 'Ebony')

and Mauna Loa: Echeveria (Echeveria 'Mauna Loa')

Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby I think I'm in love! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby


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Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jun 18, 2012 4:34 PM CST
Yes the Mauna Loa is pretty but....................

I see the Rufffles and Truffles are similar and Lynn has them in her database...Maybe she can give us some feedback on the coloration.

I found the plant zone in San Marcos website, I think. They also said it grows 2-3 feet high and 2 feet wide.

WOW!!! Big and beautiful. It may be way too much plant for me Hilarious! Hilarious!
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jun 18, 2012 4:40 PM CST
See this website for other views, including blooming - a bit wild but look at the size of that rosette.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/219836/
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 18, 2012 4:41 PM CST
LOL ... I wonder if they are fast growers? Maybe grown in a container it would take a long while to reach that size? I visited Southern California in July 2010 and was amazed at the beautiful succulent gardens I saw there! I'd love to have a succulent garden but I'm afraid our humidity would kill them quickly.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 18, 2012 4:43 PM CST
I've seen many of Kell's photo's before but not that beauty ... it's really amazing!!
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Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jun 18, 2012 4:58 PM CST
I have an Echeveria Red Grey which from the top has a bit of the same coloration. So I guess that is why I am attacted to the after glow. I just love the way the light seems to come through the Afterglow's leaves.

Echeveria Red Grey
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 18, 2012 5:46 PM CST
Very pretty!
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Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jun 18, 2012 5:52 PM CST
I think it may just be that I like the colors in the Echeveria group. There are several that I find very nice.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 18, 2012 10:13 PM CST
You can over winter the Echeveria indoor with good success, but you will need to give it some additional light.
Also the more sun they get the more bold the colors become. I have over wintered them on my covered porch with no problems, but I am in zone 8. It is a combination of cold and wet that will kill them.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jun 19, 2012 7:37 AM CST
Thanks, will they stay smaller if kept in a small pot?
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 19, 2012 9:22 AM CST
Yes, they will stay smaller. Big Grin
Name: Lisa Broussard Januska
Summerwood - Houston (Zone 9b)
cajuncutie
Jul 9, 2012 2:18 PM CST
Ebony.....WOW!!! Me likey.... nodding
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 9, 2012 4:49 PM CST
It is a striking plant for sure Lisa. Thumbs up
Name: Sandi Mynatt
Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a)
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slmynatt
Jul 28, 2012 12:52 PM CST
Have you considered getting a "Grow light" florescent bulb and putting it in one of your existing fixtures (ideally a goose neck desk lamp) and putting your plants under that? I think it would be very helpful. You can get them at a specialty bulb store or Pet shop. They come in standard lengths and pins. Even a fixture from the thrift store might be an option as long as it holds a standard size bulb. I mounted a plain inexpensive florescent fixture underneath a shelf on my bookcase. Then I grew african violets under the grow light bulb and they did very well. The closer the plant surface is to the bulb the more effective it is. (6-8 " is as close as I would put one because of the heat output.)
Always remember: green side up... root side down.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jul 28, 2012 1:17 PM CST
Thanks, I will look into that when it is time to bring things indoors.

I may be able to set something up in my basement if I want to winter them over.

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