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Name: Jaime N.
Las Vegas, NV (Zone 9a)
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Kjnorris918
May 26, 2016 10:34 PM CST
What are some of the better types for indoors and beginners?
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Name: Chad
Oklahoma (Zone 7b)
Region: Oklahoma
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chadu82
May 27, 2016 7:01 AM CST
Hi there,

I haven't been part of the group very long but I will tell you that I think the types that work good for one person might not work work as well for you because of the area (zone) they live in. I've got a bunch of different varieties that I just got planted but I'm honestly not sure if they'll all make it. I sure am hopeful though. Hurray! I also wouldn't recommend putting them indoors because I think they will do much better outdoors. My mom had a container and she had been keeping it indoors and they started to look pail and like they're dying slowly. I've also learned while some seem to do okay in direct sunlight, most of mine can't tolerate the Oklahoma sun all day so I've compromised and put them in a location that gets sun in the am and shade in the afternoon. Now they seem to be doing much better. I'm sure some of the experienced group members will give you some advice once they read your post. I do think the semps regardless of variety, are easy for all beginners to take care of but just don't overwater them.

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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
May 27, 2016 9:52 AM CST
I agree with Chad's recommendation of putting them outside. I know I like semps for their coloring and rosette shape and when there's not enough bright lite, the leaves tend to elongate and the rosette shape is affected. Most semps need the sun exposure to get their coloring while some color up in the winter.

I suspect the conditions in Las Vegas can be brutal with high temps, dry air, intense sun. Putting semps outside may require a spot with morning sun and afternoon shade and infrequent but thorough waterings. Most important is good drainage in the soil for semps.

As to best types...I think any semp that you can keep alive, healthy and prolific is the best type. Jaime, buy a few and experiment to see what works for you...and Enjoy!
Name: Jaime N.
Las Vegas, NV (Zone 9a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Kjnorris918
May 27, 2016 6:24 PM CST
Thank You! Chad and Bev. I appreciate the info. I didn't know how they would do indoors. The direction my apt faces gets a very large amount of direct sun, so I assumed it could damage them. I have a holiday cactus I bought at salvation army for a buck and it's not large enough to know the type yet. I think Christmas cactus and it did horrible back in Indiana and since ive been here it's flourished well in the sun but I think it might be causing damage to it as the tips are changing color. So me being the assumer I am figured it would be a lot worse on semps.
Thank you again.
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Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
May 28, 2016 1:04 AM CST
Hi Jaime Welcome! Semps will probably have some issues in your zone - planting them in some bright shade may help. But all of the tender succulents like echevaria, and haworthia would do great and there are some amazing plants in those species!! Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Jaime N.
Las Vegas, NV (Zone 9a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Kjnorris918
May 28, 2016 1:10 AM CST
@gg5, thank you. I'll definitely look those up.
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
May 28, 2016 11:09 AM CST
So Jaime, am I to understand that you would like to get into growing succulents in general inside your apartment? And did you say that you have inside exposure thru doors or windows of direct sun? If so, I could tell you what I grew inside a building with large curve-around windows and bright sunlight.

Plants that I grew indoors in NM were different varieties of aeonium, graptoveria, graptopetalum, andromischus, fokea, Crassula perforata, echeveria, euphorbia, faucaria, hoya, kalanchoe, pachyphytum, stapelia and sedum. And within all of these, there are those that need more sun than others. You just got to experiment. I also grew haworthia and gasteria and these depending on which variety, needed less light than the succulent types listed above.

There's quite a few succulents, including cacti, that can be grown in good bright light indoors. I would hope somebody who has more cacti growing experience could chime in.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
May 28, 2016 11:37 AM CST

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Jaime do you have a yard with morning sun only? Or are you in an apartment? If you can only provide indoor growing areas I would go for the plants that Bev listed. The semp just won't stay healthy and thrive indoors.
Name: Jaime N.
Las Vegas, NV (Zone 9a)
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Kjnorris918
May 29, 2016 12:19 AM CST
Bev and Lynn, thank you for all your help. I am in an aoartment. I have a small area out front I can use but they plants must be planter friendly. I will definitely look into the list you provided. :)
Jaime.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
May 29, 2016 7:48 AM CST

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Jaime, keep us posted on what you end up getting. We would love to see what you plant.

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