Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: my succulent failures

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Name: tarev
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tarev
May 23, 2013 3:09 PM CST
I lost these plants..and learned a lot from it..understanding those that need shade, and their tolerance levels to heat and cold. Win some...lose some..learn from the mistakes..and get better on it next time Rolling my eyes. Smiling

Aloinopsis luckhoffii - should have been kept in shade..it did try to recover during Fall, but then it got doused by rain..so bye bye it went.
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Mosaic Aloe - a tender one, did not last the winter cold and rain
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Euphorbia lactea candelabra- I got this as a cutting, should have kept it in shade or indoors, it did not like the intense summer heat and later on the cold/wet weather.
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Desert Rose - I got this one in early Fall last year..I think I may have overwatered it..and it just went downhill quickly as it coincided with colder temps..too bad..it had very nice foliage. Luckily I have 2 other Adeniums which are still doing well.
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On struggling stage:
Plumeria - my bane..still struggling to root one. Oh well, not giving up yet. Hoping this one continues the fight to live.
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Beaucarnea recurvata - I got two of them, the other one is doing fine, but this one is really on life support, not even sure if it is still alive. Plant was recovering already in late summer, but got tossed out by strong winds and rained upon during the early part of Fall last year. Still hoping though..it is such a slow grower..so cannot be definitive yet if it is dead. I should have gradually introduced it to temps/heat outdoors, after growing it indoors. Have repotted it to check the roots, I think it still is alive as there is still firmness on the trunk.
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Name: Calin
Weston-super-mare UK (Zone 7b)
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May 24, 2013 12:49 AM CST
Tarev, it's just tough luck!
Don't feel sorry, just try different ones.
I've also killed a few Adeniums, struggled with a Faucaria ... parts rotted, and then the rest was all covered in spidermites and then I just threw it away... not worth the trouble.
I got two really tiny seedlings of Orthophytum gurkenii that are sooo tiny after a year or so, that I can only sprinkle water over them (I am afraid to uproot them if I water them properly).
And the list could go on...
Name: Alex Volker
Ames, IA (Zone 5a)
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cherokeealex
May 24, 2013 12:21 PM CST
It's okay, I've killed a few too before figuring out what they needed. Managed to kill an Adenium by overwatering it. Definitely killed my first Lithops by overwatering, turns out those have a very strict schedule for water. I also managed to kill a cactus! But now I'm doing a bit better, haven't killed anything in a while and my newest Lithops seem to be doing well. Lots of trial and error is involved, that's for sure.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
May 24, 2013 12:25 PM CST
Yes, lots of trial and error and a few coins emptied out of the wallet...So need to be getting the smarts sooner than later. Whistling
I don't even want to mention how many I've buried... Rolling my eyes.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
May 25, 2013 12:20 AM CST
Thanks Tarev for creating this thread, I think its good to have a place to talk about what's not working, and maybe other's have ideas, or maybe its just time to say "good bye plant" on the trouble ones Sad I posted elsewhere that I moved 2 full windowboxes full of succulents outdoors in full sun way too quickly, and during Seattle's very unusual "heatwave" so they have been totally sunburnt. Many are losing their leaves, and I'm not sure if they'll come back, but I'm hoping so Thumbs up
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Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
May 25, 2013 5:24 AM CST
Great post Tarev. I could learn from this on the succulent side. I have to bring my plants into the front porch because gets too hot here fast. Adeniums don't like a lot of water on winter time.

I know a little bit about Plumeria and definitely don't give up yet on your plumeria "a shiny tip is a healthy tip'. Looks like yours still has a healthy tip. I have 2 Dwarf Pink Singapore from my failed plumeria air-layering experiments that I'm trying to save. The one that is rooting in a cup appears to be not doing anything yet but the 2nd cutting was too short to root (2 inches with 3 tip) so I grafted it and it is doing great!

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I posted my failures too so others will learn from my mistakes.
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
May 25, 2013 5:03 PM CST
They do look like they're coming in Gigi! Hurray!
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
May 25, 2013 8:37 PM CST
Yes, Greg. Now I have a Dwarf Pink Singapore plumeria growing on my 9 feet tall Hausten White plumeria Whistling Whistling and the little guy rooting in a cup.
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
May 25, 2013 11:17 PM CST
Lovely! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jun 19, 2013 5:55 PM CST
Have decided to throw out the struggling ponytail palm..have checked the root zone, dead roots, bark continues to be loose and when I accidentally peeled off the upper bark layer..yuck! Saw little worms on it..no wonder the plant is so dead..eaten alive already..oh well..better luck next time! Shrug! At least I still have one alive and doing well. Smiling
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Cinta
Jun 19, 2013 8:25 PM CST
I kill plants because I do not water. I bring in over 100 plants every winter. The first 10 years I was good at throwing them a drink once a month. Age has taken over and when they only caught one drink all winter they showed me. They died. The good news is most of them were understanding and hung in there until I put them outside this Spring.

The ones in the big Plant in the sky.
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Jun 19, 2013 8:33 PM CST
Gee Cinta, hope the pots didn't go with them... Rolling my eyes.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jun 19, 2013 11:40 PM CST
Big Plant in the sky..I like that Big Grin Our heavenly garden Lovey dubby
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jun 19, 2013 11:55 PM CST
This winter I'm thinking that I'm going to leave several pots of tender succulents that are "marginal" in my zone...wish them luck! I hope they won't be joining your babies in the succ section of your Plant in the sky! Rolling on the floor laughing Welcome! I tip my hat to you.
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Cinta
Jun 20, 2013 6:17 AM CST
No Bev if they do not live with understanding in the pots they get a proper send off in a pretty blue plastic grocery store body bag. Rolling on the floor laughing

Yes I think they all get together in the Big plants in the Sky and talk about why we KILLED THEM. Hilarious!
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jun 20, 2013 11:04 AM CST
Cinta, and they send us lots of inspiration for doing better with their "cousins" Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Stush2019
Jun 27, 2013 7:01 PM CST
Cinta,
That is the most red I have ever seen in a Euphorbia trigona. Did you do anything extra or did you get it this red? Real shame to have lost it. I snitched a 2 inch peice off one in Lowes and it is now 8 inches tall in 3 years. It is 1/2 as red as the one you had.
Stush
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Cinta
Jun 27, 2013 7:40 PM CST
Stush, It is called Royal Red Euphorbia trigona.and I kept it in the sun which really kicked the red up. I purchased it at Lowes as a 2" baby. I put it in this little boot not knowing it would get that big. I could not get it out of the shoe without breaking the plant. When I broke it an put it in a new pot it never really recovered that winter. Added that I did not water it at all it just shriveled up.
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Stush2019
Jun 28, 2013 1:34 PM CST
Well If I post all my failures, it would overwhelm the system. Some one once remarked that I had a green thumb. If only they knew that for every plant success there lies several plant deaths. Odds are sooner or later you will succeed and maybe learn something along the way. Who knew about these forums back then. Could have saved a lot of plants and some money in the process. I have no garden friends around me. No one to talk to about them. No one who wants extra clipping for their collection.
Thank God for this forum. Hurray!
Stush
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Cinta
Jun 28, 2013 2:53 PM CST
Stush I am in the same position. I mentioned in the coleus forum that all my friends barely know that plants need water and that is not an exaggeration. I have one friend that has 10 fake flowers in her house. She has beautiful fake Spider plants and other green leafed silk plants in beautiful urns. Is there any wonder why she does not know that the cuttings she ask for from me die. I keep telling her she has to give them some water at some point. Rolling on the floor laughing

She has a landscape service that planned, planted and up keep her gardens, grass and trees. A sprinkler system on a timer. So she does not water outside. My other friends are no better. But they also come to my house and fall in love with one of my plants and ask for cuttings which end up dead.

Even though I was raised with a Mom that loved plants and had a garden I was so excited to find GardenWeb and learn about all the different plants out there that I could buy and kill until I learned how to care for the new plants.

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