Cactus and Succulents forum: Show Off Your Purples & Pinks!

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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Apr 1, 2018 2:33 PM CST
They look fine to me, Asa. Thanks!
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evermorelawnless
Apr 2, 2018 6:48 AM CST
I've got a not-so-secret crush on Angelina...
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(edit: dirtdorphins says that angelina is neither purple nor pink...

I thought I saw some pink. She says I saw orange. Ugh.)
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Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Apr 2, 2018 2:03 PM CST
Some of my purple and pinks:

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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Apr 4, 2018 6:56 PM CST
GORGEOUS everyone! Lovey dubby

Here's a picture of what I believe to be an Echeveria acutifolia. As you can see it's very stressed out, but pretty.

(I'm one of those two things also, and I can tell you it's definitely not the pretty, especially with finals coming up Hilarious! )
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Apr 4, 2018 7:44 PM CST
You'll do fine, Lindsey!
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dirtdorphins
Apr 4, 2018 8:12 PM CST
Finals--eek, I remember that life Hilarious! yuck--fondly though, the 'break' after finals--I miss that!
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Apr 5, 2018 9:16 AM CST
If it helps any, I failed several finals...and several classes. But I kept re-taking them. Eventually I became perfect and graduated (OK, I had a C-average in both undergrad and grad school, from what I remember). But when you're in those environments the grade seems MUCH more important than it turns out to be.

Shortly after undergrad I sat on a hiring committee and you know how many times we actually dissected an applicant's class load and GPA? Exactly 0. It kind of shocked me because you're in class led to believe that it's suuuuuuuper important. It's really not. lol
Keep going!
Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Apr 16, 2018 10:53 PM CST
Late to the game or showing off purple plants and very happy I am several decades beyond exams... deal with (grad.) students on a daily basis so get that point driven home on a regular basis...

Some purple plants of the prickly pear variety:
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Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Apr 17, 2018 8:32 AM CST
And some more of the non-prickly pear variety:

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stenocereus (griseus, I think)

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Gymnocalycium mihanovichii (var. friedrichii)

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Echinopsis hybrids looking variably stressed out

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A set of Mangaves, they need to double in size before they will see ground, but especially the one on the left looks like it might take some sun. Got those from Plant Delights Nursery, which is a great but unfortunately very pricey place.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Apr 17, 2018 9:42 AM CST
Thanks for showing your plants, Thijs. Your yard looks like you have so many great plants.
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Name: Thijs van Soest
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mcvansoest
Apr 17, 2018 11:48 AM CST
you are welcome, Karen! It is interesting though, I was not into gardening or growing plants at all until I moved to Arizona and got the cactus and succulent bug.

It feels like all but a few plants are late this year in terms of waking up and/or flowering. It has just been so dry this winter, and I have been distracted enough with work that I did not resume watering until quite late into the season where I normally either do not water or water at most once a month.

But things are starting here a couple of purple pink cactus flowers:

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Echinocereus fitchii aka E. reichenbachii ssp. fitchii

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Echinopsis x 'Los Angeles'
Name: Stefan
SE europe(balkans) (Zone 6b)
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skopjecollection
Apr 17, 2018 11:52 AM CST
Some of my semps. Had a rough year(really nasty sunburn Thumbs down ) , so transplanted them and moved to a shadier location
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Apr 17, 2018 11:56 AM CST
I really didn't get into cacti and succulents until we bought the NM place 10 years ago, and started spending 2 weeks here and 2 weeks there. It was a lot of traveling, and neglect for my plants. I originally had a lot of tropicals. Slowly they all died or looked sad, but the cacti and succulents kept on thriving.
We finally have one of our daughters and her family living in the AZ house, so we don't have to go there as often. I can finally stay home and take care of my plants properly!
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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Apr 17, 2018 3:32 PM CST
Thijs, do you ever sell cuttings of that first purple prickly pear? I'm OBSESSED!
Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Apr 17, 2018 3:36 PM CST
ljones26 said:Thijs, do you ever sell cuttings of that first purple prickly pear? I'm OBSESSED!


I'm not sure if this variety will or won't, but keep in mind that most prickly pear cacti are not cold hardy to the degree we see. Many are actually Zones 8-11ish.
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Name: Thijs van Soest
Mesa, AZ (Zone 9b)
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mcvansoest
Apr 17, 2018 7:25 PM CST
ljones26 said:Thijs, do you ever sell cuttings of that first purple prickly pear? I'm OBSESSED!


Lindsey, I have not, and I will have to check my in the ground plant as that one in the pot is probably a special case. The pic below is what my in the ground plant looks like most of the time. So the potted one, which has not grown much at all in all the years it has been in that, is probably so purple because of the exact amount of sun and drought torture. Temperature does not seem to do much to it in terms of coloration.

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As to its cold hardiness it came to me identified as Opuntia polyacantha var rhodantha

see a description here:
https://www.opuntiads.com/opun...

Not sure it is that, but it certainly could be as it looks pretty variable.

If the in ground plant has put on any size I'd be happy to share a pad for you to experiment with.
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Name: UrbanWild
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UrbanWild
Apr 18, 2018 6:22 AM CST
Jai_Ganesha said:I forgot these purple sempervivums because they are outside waiting to be planted in my rock garden once I get it started.

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I got each container for $1 at a tiny little greenhouse run by a man in his 80s. I did not have any cash on me, so he insisted that I just bring him the money whenever I got it. I thought that was kind of crazy so I went to a gas station and got cash and took directly to him.

I told him he should not trust people but then I got to thinking probably nobody will ever go in there with the intent to buy $1 sempervivums on credit and not pay. lol


I have two similar experiences. Out in the country I have seen several roadside farmstands which were unattended but had a money cup/jar/box.

My favorite find was a local honey producer I found while travelling some Indiana backroads. I started seeing honey for sale on small homemade signs. I followed them for a few miles and ended up on a hill up a long driveway. There was a house and small outbuilding on a small gravel lot. The honey sign was on the outbuilding so I went in. I didn't see anyone so I went back out. No signs of people. I rang the doorbell. Nothing. Knocked. Nothing. I went back in the honey building. That's when I noticed the sign:

"Nobody Home?
Need Some Honey?
Help yourself.
Leave Some Money."

Seriously...there was even a tray with a "change" sign with coin and paper change. Remarkable. 2 weeks later we went back. I told the man how remarkable it was...and trusting. We struck up a conversation and when he found out I had an interest in bees, we spent the next 2 hours talking bees and cracking open hives for inspection. Great day and many returns. He has since passed and the bees are gone. I'll remember that sort of trust and generosity as long as I live.
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May 4, 2018 1:22 PM CST
Pretty pink Peperomia, wax Begonia.
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