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Name: Connor
Boerne, TX
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Jun 14, 2020 10:25 AM CST
So I was wondering what cacti, succulents, caudiciforms are high up on all your wish lists? Anything you've always dreamed about But never had a chance to get? Stuff that's rare or just hard to grow in your climate? Id like to hear about what all your dream plants are that way I can learn about new unique species I may not be aware of!
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skopjecollection
Jun 14, 2020 10:37 AM CST
Easy -agave americana mediopicta alba
Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
Jun 14, 2020 10:38 AM CST
As for hard to grow/get, graptopelaum bellum. Had one, couldnt keep it alive.
As for the rest...I made my dreams a reality...
Name: TK
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Macrocentra
Jun 14, 2020 10:39 AM CST
As of right now, my top four in no particular order are:
- Euphorbia lactea 'White Ghost'
- Ceropegia sordida
- Echeveria laui
- More aloes and agaves

I'd also love to have a significantly sized Golden Barrel cactus. I do have three little ones in my collection, so that goal is now down to just being patient and giving them the time they need to grow.

Though not a specific type, I'd love to have an in-ground cactus/succulent garden. There's a lot of beautiful agaves, aloes and cactuses that I'd really love to have. Unfortunately, my climate can't support succulents outdoors all year round, and a lot of these guys will grow too big for me to support indoors long term.

However, I do have future plans to hopefully relocate to California. If I do, then depending on exact location, I'm going to have a ball building a new garden!
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Name: Donald
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Jun 14, 2020 10:41 AM CST
Does it have to be real? Or can I really dream? like a fantasy? As in an Opuntia without glochids and blooms that look like Meconopsis blooms nodding .
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Jun 14, 2020 12:09 PM CST

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Dendrosicyos and Dorstenia gigas, of the exotic Socotran plants. I am pretty certain I will never have these, and I'm okay with that, though I have seen them in person and admired them in many pictures. Our climate is probably too cold for one or both anyway.

Among the dream plants that I have managed to achieve, Pachycormus and Bursera microphylla, of the native pachycauls. Aloe erinacea and ramosissima, of the dry winter rainfall aloes. Among the dreams I have of one day seeing plants get properly large in the ground (not currently a reality): Pachycereus pringlei (of the natives) and Dracaena cinnabari (of the exotic Socotrans).

I had G. bellum for a while (one of my earliest succulents, actually). It was pretty happy and flowered on my windowsill. It eventually died of old age and overexposure and neglect when I moved it outside. I had Echeveria laui for a while too, but it melted down during the winter one year. Not because the soil was wet but because the rain water inevitably accumulated in between the leaves. If you do try that plant one day TK, let that be a word to the wise. I think they are way easier (in fact, not particularly hard, given strong light) if kept under cover.

What's your answer, Connor?
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Name: TK
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Macrocentra
Jun 14, 2020 1:18 PM CST
My G. bellum is still exploding in my windowsill. I put it in a wider pot a while ago, but it's already almost filled it, so I may need to do a second repot for the season. It's had the most drastic growth of any of my plants so far this season.

@Baja_Costero
Noted! I have some of my plants outdoors now, and I bring them all inside during the bigger storms, which is a lot of running indoors and out, but we get so many storms, I don't want them to get too wet. They only stay out for the smaller showers.
I'd love to try an E. laui, but I have yet to come across one.
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skopjecollection
Jun 14, 2020 1:36 PM CST
The ones left on my primary list are just tephrocactus . Ive had it before( i didnt do right the second one, gave the first away, and its still fine). On my secondary list...senecio stapeliformis. Echinocereus triglochidatus. Echinocactus(homalocephala) texensis..I also want to try pleispilos neli one last time... Thats about it actually...
Ive found and successfully(or unsuccessfully) grown most on my list(matucana, eriosyce, parodia(for the most part), rebutia, echinopsis, stenocactus, thelocactus, mammillaria(for the most part),echinocereus, coryphantha, gymnocalycium, euphorbia(medusoid, obesa, resinifera, canariensis etc), pachypodium and adenium, lots of aloes, lots of crassulaceae, semps bloomed, and so on and so forth)..
Only one i refuse to buy is cycas, which i shall ceremoniously procure once i graduate...
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 14, 2020 4:00 PM CST
Ocotillos and Joshua trees, as common as dirt but, size and climate needs make them out of my reach. Sighing!

Our local nursery was selling ocotillos as house plants last winter. Rolling on the floor laughing

I do have a very old file of plant photos from Socotra but could never decide on just one plant. And they would have to be full grown, like the dream Joshua tree and Ocotillo. Smiling
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mcvansoest
Jun 14, 2020 4:05 PM CST
I have a very long list of Aloes I'd like to get and grow in the ground here.

I frequently look with great envy at people's front yards that have a large mature Saguaro. Mine is going on 4 ft, so nothing to sneeze at, but I am pretty sure I will be dead before it attains anywhere near the size that I dream off. I could have spent >$2000 to get one at a significantly larger size, but I do not have that sitting around to spend on plants... My Cardon is going 7+ ft and looks like it has taken off so who knows what size it will get before I croak, and I got a Terscheckii to about 12 ft and flowering (with multiple arms) at my old house, but had to leave it behind... My current one is about 4.5 ft and not having a great time getting settled in.

I have a Pachycereus weberi, which at mature size is monstrous and looks really cool. It was a really thin and spindly one so I have always wondered if it would ever go anywhere, and until this spring the answer appeared to be no, but then it has made 3 successful branches and had signs of wanting to make many more. So that plant may get somewhere, though now I am worried about having enough space for it.
I have a few of the larger Trichocereus (now Echinopsis) species on my wishlist, I had some but some did not make it through my move, so those are back on it (e.g. pasacana).

And then Daisy's post made me realize I completely forgot my true desire: a mature Boojum tree. I have one at 5" tall it is doing great, but again it has a very long way to go before it is anywhere near what it is supposed to look like. Harder to get large than a Saguaro.


As for smaller cacti, I would really like to create and maintain a propagation garden for the badly endangered local cactus species. Problem is that these days even from seed some are very hard to obtain and buying mature specimens which are some times available always has me worried that they were wild collected, which would completely defeat the purpose.
It is what it is!
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ketsui73
Jun 14, 2020 4:09 PM CST
no surprise to hear its mainly aloes for me but i could go on all night Sticking tongue out

aloe marsha layhew
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aloe barnacle
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aloe secret agent
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aloe paul hutchinson
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hawortha kintaikyo
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mammillaria albicans
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aloe albiflora
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Name: Daisy I
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Jun 14, 2020 4:17 PM CST
I always wanted a Baobob tree. I settled for a Faux Bob tree (pseudobombax ellipticum). If anyone wants one, let me know. Hilarious!
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munchies24
Jun 14, 2020 4:24 PM CST
Not a succulent, but probably Amorphophallus konjac. Found out about this plant a while ago after doing some researching on Amorphophallus titanum, or the Titan Arum, which is among the largest flowers in the world.

I've always loved how otherworldly they looked, and thought they'd be good to pair with my carnivores... alas I will never own one because my girlfriend doesn't want a plant that attracts flies and smells like rotting meat.

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tofitropic
Jun 14, 2020 7:16 PM CST
Graptopetalum paraguayense cultivar "gurapara", I grow this some years ago, an edible form with better taste. Now I can't find any seller selling it, probably never will, in my country.
Name: sumire
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Jun 14, 2020 7:17 PM CST
Buddha's hand citron. But I really shouldn't add any more citrus to my life.
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Name: Daisy I
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Jun 14, 2020 7:57 PM CST
Not the Finger LIme? Smiling
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Jun 14, 2020 8:08 PM CST
Oh! I forgot about finger limes.... Yes, a finger lime would be on the list too! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Jun 14, 2020 8:13 PM CST
munchies24 said:Not a succulent, but probably Amorphophallus konjac. Found out about this plant a while ago after doing some researching on Amorphophallus titanum, or the Titan Arum, which is among the largest flowers in the world.

I've always loved how otherworldly they looked, and thought they'd be good to pair with my carnivores... alas I will never own one because my girlfriend doesn't want a plant that attracts flies and smells like rotting meat.

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@munchies24 said: I grow A titanum mostly because it's name... Gigantic-mishaped-XXXXX... probably wive will throw away my plants due to this, if she knows the meaning.
Name: Mike
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Jun 14, 2020 9:08 PM CST
tofitropic said:
@munchies24 said: I grow A titanum mostly because it's name... Gigantic-mishaped-XXXXX... probably wive will throw away my plants due to this, if she knows the meaning.


Then I hope for your sake she isn't good at latin! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Jun 17, 2020 4:03 PM CST
Not all of my wishlist is succulents but:

Tulista pupils - miniature aloe
Delosperma echinatum - Pickle cactus
Hatiora salicornioides - Dancing Bones Cactus
Any aloe or agave
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