Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Anyone got an ID on this new friend?

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krystenr1
Nov 14, 2017 11:42 AM CST

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Deebie
Nov 15, 2017 10:26 AM CST
@Agavegirl1, I think you have this plant or similar. I don't remember the name. It's the monstrose form of a cereus or something. Shrug! I'm brain dead and tired at the moment.
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plantmanager
Nov 15, 2017 10:31 AM CST
You are right, Deb. It looks like Cereus forbesii. It is a nice one! It can turn a dark brownish color with cold or heat, and still be fine even though it makes it look dead.
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Name: Deborah
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Deebie
Nov 15, 2017 10:41 AM CST
Come to think of it, I do believe I still have one and need to check on it. I haven't been well for a few days, and still had my hardier succulents covered on the back porch due to threat of a possible freeze. It's a good thing that I didn't uncover them as I started to yesterday morning, as we had a frost warning in effect last night. We do get freezing temps regularly, but I've learned to cover my plants at night either with a frost cloth or an old lined vinyl table cloth if precipitation is expected. If temps drop to the 20s, they all come into the garage until it warms up.
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krystenr1
Nov 15, 2017 11:34 AM CST
It's such an usual one! It was given to me as a housewarming gift from a neighbor, and I was impressed that they managed to guess my love for all things cacti and succulent! Then I remembered that they are a go-to plant here in Los Angeles, haha! No threat of freeze here, must say I'm lucky to have such a nice climate!
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AgaveGirl1
Nov 15, 2017 11:52 AM CST
Good Memory!

Ming Thing is the common name for it. Couple different varieties.
Snapped a pic of the two today. I need to move mine into the sun as you can see they are getting a bit of a brown tinge to them. It has been more than warm during the day but the evenings are cool in the 60s. I think they need a little bit more sun. I don't worry about covering mine unless it dips below 40.

Fun plant and easy to grow. Doesn't do a whole lot and then one day you look at it and suddenly it is taller and has a whole bunch of new protuberances. Smiling


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A different variety if you look tucked up against the wall there inbetween the rocks; looks kind of like a yellow and green sponge. Hilarious!

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plantmanager
Nov 15, 2017 12:10 PM CST
Your plants look very happy in their beds, AG.
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krystenr1
Nov 15, 2017 1:31 PM CST
I love yours!!
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AgaveGirl1
Nov 15, 2017 1:53 PM CST
*Blush* Thank you.
Those little guys fill up that odd space (14' L x 16" W) along the side of the walk nicely and seem quite content there. I took advantage of my small space to showcase some of the cute little guys that would have otherwise gotten lost in the yard amongst the bigger plants or been floating in the yard in a sea of pots.

Krysten, not sure if you have a space to garden or if you are going to keep your Ming Thing inside, but fall-winter is coming upon us, so there's no reason why you can't do it up special. Why not showcase your new goodie in a pot that color coordinates with your new place or even get creative and decorate the pot it is in. Lovey dubby I used to live in L.A. ( Hancock Park) so I know you can hit China Town and find some gorgeous pottery fairly cheap and get some dim sum at Ocean Seafood while you're there too. Drooling Hilarious!

Karen, I know your yards looks fab! You have two to work with. Lucky you. So much creative space. I'm so jealous.
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krystenr1
Nov 15, 2017 2:42 PM CST
Oh I love your suggestion for looking for pots in Chinatown! I never considered that! I'm going to keep this guy inside until the spring since he's still very small. I have him in an east-facing window now, but I think in the spring I'll transition him into the south-facing backyard and hope for a growth spurt!
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AgaveGirl1
Nov 16, 2017 10:37 AM CST
Glad you like the idea. Just make sure the pot has a drain hole or you can get one put in without ruining it! Rolling my eyes. I'm sure your new guy will love his sunny window and then his transition outside. You'll have to post some pics when you get him potted. Hurray!
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krystenr1
Nov 16, 2017 11:08 AM CST
He's in a terra cotta pot with drainage, yup. How often do you find you water these ones? Obviously we are going into winter and so I'm thinking once every other month is likely sufficient, although we are still mid-70s here, and only going down to the 50s at night, so I'm thinking once a month until we drop to lower temps.
Name: Agavegirl1
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AgaveGirl1
Nov 18, 2017 4:15 PM CST
I just check and water based on need. Since he'll be indoors and the inside air is a lot drier and less humid then you may need to water a little more often. Also I'm not sure how warm you keep your place which also factors in. Just check the soil.

Get a wooden chopstick---you know the kind they put in your Chinese take out, and stick it as far down into the pot as you can. If it is dry or mostly dry then water. Once every 4 to 5 weeks is usually a safe bet but you want him to dry out completely between waterings.

Oh! Was outside today and watering my own plants. Got a better pic of that other variety (sorry clueless *Blush* ) of Ming-Thing. He's doing quite well and growing.
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So when you heading to China Town for a new pot and dim sum? Drooling Hilarious!

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