Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: Christmas Cactus Group Buy for 2017

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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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Dec 2, 2016 8:15 AM CST

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The grower that I've found stops shipping next week and restarts March 1st, once the danger of freezing in transit passes.

They currently have:

Christmas Cactus (The 2" start at $6.00 each and the 4" start @ $10.00 each.):
- 2-inch pots (56 varieities), are planted with 2-3 cuttings per pot to ensure a well branched multi-stemmed plant and average 4-6" tall (overall height) and are flowering size.
- 4-inch pots (42 varieties), planted with 3-6 cuttings per pot to ensure a well branched multi-stemmed plant and average 5-8" tall (overall height) and are flowering size.

Easter Cactus (The 2" start at $7.00 each and the 4" start @ $13.00 each.):
- 2-inch pots (5 varieities), are planted with 2-3 cuttings per pot to ensure a well branched multi-stemmed plant and average 4-6" tall (overall height) and are flowering size.
- 4-inch pots (15 varieties), planted with 3-6 cuttings per pot to ensure a well branched multi-stemmed plant and average 5-8" tall (overall height) and are flowering size.

My thought is to wait until February to start looking at what's available, place the order in mid-March and pick-up at the spring swap.

Thoughts?
Name: Chantell
Middle of Virginia (Zone 7a)

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Chantell
Dec 3, 2016 11:01 AM CST
I would need to compare that pricing to the pricing of the Etsy seller that I listed in the other thread. I think those were her normal prices (not 'group buy.' And of course it would depend on what varieties were available. If you would like me to contact that seller and ask if we chose what varieties we were interested in - what prices she might be able to offer us come spring I'm happy to do so.
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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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Dec 3, 2016 11:18 AM CST

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Go for it! It never hurts to have options.
Name: Chantell
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Chantell
Dec 3, 2016 5:56 PM CST
Rick - do you have a link with pics of what he/she's got available?
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Name: Terri
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aspenhill
Dec 4, 2016 3:17 AM CST
Count me in for a group buy. I'll stand by while the details are worked out. Thanks for putting this together.
Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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RickM
Dec 4, 2016 7:59 AM CST

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I figure I'll wait until the end of February to contact them again. That was, their offerings will have been updated. I figure that gives us plenty of time to put the order together, receive it and distribute as the spring swap.
Name: Gita Veskimets
Baltimore or Nottingham MD-212 (Zone 7a)
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gitagal
Jan 14, 2017 9:38 AM CST
Talking about CC's---how did the TRUE CC cuttings do that I gave to some people at a SWAP?
Was it Spring or Fall Swap?????
Same Swap where I gave some people the Ric Rac Cuttings. How are they doing?

Did they root? Are they growing? LMK. Gita
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
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5601Lisa
Jan 14, 2017 5:33 PM CST
Gita, thanks for the nudge. Your CC bloomed very nicely. Your epi has bristles and Brazilian flame is healthy. Spring swap items. Thanks again.
Name: Gita Veskimets
Baltimore or Nottingham MD-212 (Zone 7a)
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gitagal
Jan 15, 2017 7:34 AM CST
Thanks for the feedback--Lisa. Glad everything is growing OK.

Small correction---it is Brazilian "PLUME" not FLAME.
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
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5601Lisa
Jan 15, 2017 2:30 PM CST
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Gita, your asparagus fern is also happy. Lousy snap but trust me, it's happy.
Name: Gita Veskimets
Baltimore or Nottingham MD-212 (Zone 7a)
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gitagal
Jan 15, 2017 4:04 PM CST
Lisa--
Years and years ago, before I was a serious gardener--I had an Asparagus fern.
It was in a 10" HB. I would bring it in for the winter--and put it back out for the summer.

Did you know they put out little blooms? Thode blooms become bright red berry-like seeds
that sit on the fronds. In time--these red "berries" start drying up and shrivel.
That is when you can take them off and remove the small. dark "seed" inside the berries.

I would plant this seed and grow some new tiny, new plants which looked like a small blade of grass.

If you are patient--you can try your hand at this too. Gita
Name: Chantell
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Chantell
Jan 15, 2017 7:50 PM CST
CC still alive and putting on new growth, Gita - thank you again.
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tx_flower_child
Jan 15, 2017 8:19 PM CST
If I remember to pay attention and if I have any $$, then I might like to know about a cc sale, especially an ec sale. Hope shipping prices won't be outrageous.

Have no idea what prices and availability will be around here.
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Jan 15, 2017 11:07 PM CST
flowerchild, you may well be able to order from the same source, but I'm pretty sure Rick is putting any group purchase together for pickup at our local spring swap, as he mentioned... I don't think this is intended to be a participation-by-mail event.

You're right about shipping cost concerns -- often, group purchase savings are wiped out if plants have to be shipped twice (to say nothing of stress on plants).

I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.
Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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RickM
Jan 16, 2017 7:19 AM CST

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@tx_flower_child , Jill is correct in that I was thinking more of a group buy for our in-person swap. However, you could set up a similar swap with your friends and neighbors in your area. I don't know how many takers you would have, but the chance to get some unique and well-identified plants at reasonable prices may prove to be a popular option.

Of course, you could then be setting yourself up as the 'local authority' on all things CC and EC! Whistling
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tx_flower_child
Jan 16, 2017 12:32 PM CST
@critterologist ( your 'handle' always makes me grin) and @RickM - y'all are right. I really wasn't paying that much attention when I posted. I've been reading so much about 'holiday' cactus the last few months, feeling guilty about inadvertently drowning a small but trusty tc I'd had for years, and finding a dearth of any tc or probably mislabeled cc that when I saw this thread I thought Bingo! Glad y'all caught me in my unthinking ways. Of course I'd already realized how shipping costs can really be a killer.

I have absolutely no desire to be a local authority on tc, cc, or ec, or pretty much anything. Plus, my Texas peeps in my general area (DFW) are into native perennials and that's a good thing.

Thanks for paying attevntion when I wasn't.
Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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RickM
Jan 16, 2017 12:46 PM CST

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No problem! I may be taking some cutting of a couple of my CCs in a couple of months. Pictures of my unnamed collection are in the banner I did last month The thread "Banner for December 30, 2016 by RickM" in Site Banners forum

I'll post a note here (and in our spring swap Jill) when I'm ready and with what will be available.

BTW... NICE cyclamen!
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Jan 16, 2017 3:16 PM CST
Oh wow Rick, thanks for the link - I must have been awol that day! That pale lavender / pink one is esp lovely... xa
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tx_flower_child
Jan 17, 2017 1:37 AM CST
Um, er, thanks, Rick. Glad you liked the cyclamen. It's not mine. I never have any luck with them. But when I walk into a nursery with shelves and shelves of cyclamens and in all their glorious colors, I want to take all of them home with me. So instead I took this picture at North Haven Gardens in Dallas.
Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
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MariposaMaid
Jan 17, 2017 7:14 AM CST
Some of you remember that a member here @JB for many years raised tc cc and ec cuttings and sold them as JB's Plants. Not sure if she still does any of this but a number of hers were 'named' and quite lovely . @Gitagal may know of JB and Gita may have a plant or tow that she could share.

I love the 'new' ones but also have deep reverence for the old ones grown on and passed down to the next generation or two! An inheritance of long term caring.

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