Classifieds and Group Buys forum: CRAZY Interest co-op Christmas Cactus in June why not?LOW cost&ship& ME chefmike

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Name: Michael Hicks
Clermont, Fl
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chefmike92
May 9, 2012 5:04 PM CST
I just Had a crazy idea.....A co-op for Christmas Cactus and they are cost effective and small so very low shipping. Don't have to worries about cold weather and by the time Christmas comes around they will have grown into a great plant. Have some UNBELIEVABLE colors!!! They are only availability for a short period of time. This would have to be a fast co-op. There will me min for co-op order and dont have exact prices yet but im assured in the $2.00 range!! Each "Plant" will have 3-5 4 plants and 3-5 leaves each so they are small but they grow like wild in the summer!! For $2.00 of less how can you go wrong. im guessing small flat rate box should hold 3-4 for sure maybe more.
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I alsohave small roses for sale these are also small and will be great in pots or small garden! they are already blooming and ship very good price also. 4 or more in small flat rat box.

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These are planted in a 2 3/4 Quart pot right now. price will be about $6.00 per rose they are in active growing getting bigger every day! Will conciser quantity discount


Lets hear EVERYONES thoughts and IDEAS!!!

thanks
mike
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
May 9, 2012 6:13 PM CST
Just a question on the Christmas cactus - are the boxes 'fixed' or can we choose one from the top group, two from the middle group and two from the last group, for instance?
Name: Michael Hicks
Clermont, Fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Plumerias Orchids Tropicals
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chefmike92
May 9, 2012 6:51 PM CST
i need to order a certain amount of each kind the boxes are not an assortment these are all sold per plant. You can get as many diff kinds or as few THAT'S how i like it!! Thumbs up i had to upload the pics in sets that is the only reason they are in 3 different boxes. all same price and each separate!

but this has to be a LARGE order!!! The first i talked about it 1000. nodding nodding plants were said. looking for people that might know anyone that would like to make some money by growing them and selling them about Christmas. I am in contact with a few others to check on quantity.

Im hoping with the price and choices we can pull this off i love these.

Think i just found out min 100 per kind maybe 50 in negotiations
me


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Lilydaydreamer
May 11, 2012 2:36 PM CST
Would be interested in some - how hard are they to grow out? How large do they need to grow to bloom???
Could be a fundraiser for my middle school science club. Need to find more info on growing them out and what kind of care would be needed to get them ready for fall/winter sales.
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Name: Michael Hicks
Clermont, Fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Plumerias Orchids Tropicals
Amaryllis Region: Florida Region: United States of America Roses
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chefmike92
May 12, 2012 3:12 PM CST
here is some information on growing them and how to care what type of soil and how to make them bloom!!:::::


Care of cultivars
A plant with green upright stems is growing in a blue pot. There are a few flowers and buds at the end of the stems, all more or less upright.
Young plant of a member of the S. Truncata Group; still upright and therefore more convenient for selling

When grown as house plants, Schlumbergera cultivars are said to be relatively easy to care for. McMillan and Horobin describe in detail their cultivation in both commercial and domestic conditions. Their specific recommendations include:[28]

Growing medium Free-draining, humus-rich, somewhat acid growing media are used commercial production, such as a mixture of peat or leafmould and an inert material such as grit, sharp sand or polystyrene beads. It is recommended that plants should be grown in relatively small pots; half-height pots are suitable.
Watering They are more tolerant of drought than many house plants, but can be damaged by both under- and over-watering. Keeping the growing medium just moist throughout the year avoids either extreme.
Light They can be damaged by exposure to more than small amounts of sunlight. Members of the Buckleyi Group, such as the old-fashioned Christmas Cactus with pendant flowers, are more tolerant of high light levels than members of the Truncata Group, such as most of the modern cultivars. Too much light causes stems to take on a reddish colouration; however, very low light levels will prevent flowering. Day length is important in controlling flowering; continuous darkness for at least 12 hours is necessary to induce bud formation. A period of about 8 days with 16 hours of darkness at 16 °C (61 °F) has been shown to cause flower buds to form. Lower temperatures slow this process. The advice sometimes given to withhold water to produce flower buds has been shown to be incorrect.
Propagation Both commercially and in the home, propagation can be achieved by using short pieces of stem, one to three segments long, twisted off rather than cut. Cuttings are allowed to dry for 1–7 days, forming a callus at the broken end, and then rooted in an open growing medium. Temperatures above 21 °C (70 °F) and up to 27 °C (81 °F) in long day/short night conditions speed rooting.


this is basically what i thought need soil just moist almost dry side long light times to promote growing and decrease light to promote flowering. dows this help at all??



i think if you do 1 plant per pot you should be able to get $4-6 easy and 2 plants $8-10 easy fund raisers you should get more then local retail stores. these also make great hanging baskets with 3-4 plugs per pot that will give a great full pot.

look at this pic

this is most likely about 2 months worth of growth on a plug and has been put in to flower. i see you have at least 5 months to grow then put yours in to flower.





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anymore questions im here to help
mike
Name: Michael Hicks
Clermont, Fl
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Plumerias Orchids Tropicals
Amaryllis Region: Florida Region: United States of America Roses
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chefmike92
May 24, 2012 3:53 PM CST
ok well this co-op will not take place sorry if anyone was counting on it just not the interest i hoped for

mike
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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Dutchlady1
May 27, 2012 4:56 AM CST
win some. lose some...... Smiling

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