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Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
May 31, 2015 10:16 AM CST
Are Uebelmannia difficult to grow? I would like to get one but don't want to spend the money if they are difficult to grow.
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Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Not all those who wander are lost.
Bromeliad Cactus and Succulents Orchids Foliage Fan Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: Florida Tropicals Xeriscape
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karmatree
Jun 7, 2015 11:54 AM CST
Wow, I had to look that one up....I want one!!!!!

Don't know anything about them. Will let you know if I discover anything.
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Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
Not all those who wander are lost.
Bromeliad Cactus and Succulents Orchids Foliage Fan Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: Florida Tropicals Xeriscape
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karmatree
Jun 7, 2015 11:56 AM CST
So I found this:

Cultivation: Not easy; it has a large root and lives among rocks. This tropical cactus prefers loves warm, moist, humid conditions, and mist spraying is a must in summer. Water regularly during the growing season and use a very draining mineral potting substrate. At the onset of winter, do not water. Uebelmannias need heat all year round, and extra winter heat; minimum 10°C is best. Avoid any frost. Keep cool in summer. This plant proves to be root prone if kept too cold in winter. To help stop this, a good deep collar of pumice or lava grit is an excellent idea. It prefers a full sun position and possibly afternoon shade in summer. If you can place it so that this occurs, the plant will be much happier.

Propagation: By seeds. Germinating seeds can also be tricky. But plants are often grafted making them easier to grow, particularly through the winter. If possible, using a rootstock that is hardier than the Uebelmannia is the ideal.

Seems like finding a grafted one would be the safest bet!
"A garden isn't meant to be useful. It's for joy." - Rumer Godden
Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
Jun 7, 2015 3:16 PM CST
Thank you for the info. The humid conditions and 'keep cool in summer' count me out. I won't slave over a plant by misting it every day and stuff like that.
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Name: snarfie
netherlands
Sempervivums Cactus and Succulents Amaryllis Bulbs Pollen collector Region: Europe
Tropicals Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Container Gardener
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snarfie
Jun 8, 2015 9:40 AM CST
lol, i don't think it really is necessary to mist it every day, unless you want a show specimen
plants everywhere!
Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
Jun 8, 2015 9:44 AM CST
'Keep cool in summer' is definitely out, though. For example, they are calling for 98F today. I think that's around 37C if I did my calculations correctly.
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