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  1. joe002

    Blooming in the Sonoran Desert

    nepenthes_ak – yeah, me too. It’s actually really easy to get them with the Saguaro – the bees always seem to be buzzing in and out of the flowers all day long. Est – yeah, I just got back from a 2 day trip to MD – it’s nice to be back in the dry heat. Nice pics in your link – we don’t have...
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    Blooming in the Sonoran Desert

    Est – yeah – those spins really stick! A lot of them, like Cholla, have spines that look like simple needles, but actually have a barb on the tip, so they “stick”’ when then get stuck. A secret to removing them is to use a comb between your skin/clothes and the plant and comb them off. I’ve had...
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    Blooming in the Sonoran Desert

    joossa - I think I'm more than half way through our desert plants - still waiting for some to bloom! I don’t recall a strong sent from our aloe. There are still a few Aloe saparonia blooming, and they only have a very slight hint of a vanilla. The Berlandiera lyrata has the strongest scent –...
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    Blooming in the Sonoran Desert

    Only one cactus in this group, but like all of the plants in this thread they live in the same hot/dry environment with no artificial water. Viguiera deltoidea parishii - Desert Sunflower: Cercidium microphyllum - Littleleaf Palo Verde (it took about 10 years for this guy to bloom)...
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    Blooming in the Sonoran Desert

    Chris – thanks. I’m not familiar with Cosmos atrosangiunius, but we do really enjoy the chocolate aroma from the Berlandiera lyrata. Our plants typically bloom after we get some rain and the aroma is fairly strong – you don’t have to put your nose up to the flowers to smell them. joossa –...
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    Blooming in the Sonoran Desert

    Two more. Cylindropuntia ramosissima - Diamond Cholla: Cereus hildmannianus ssp. uruguayanus - Hedge Cactus:
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    Blooming in the Sonoran Desert

    Some more. Euphorbia antisyphilitica - Candelilla: Berlandiera lyrata - Chocolate Flower (really smells like chocolate): Fouquieria splendens - Ocotillo: Cephalocereus senilis - Old Man Cactus (haven't see this guy bloom yet): Hesperaloe parvifloria - Red Hesperaloe: Aloe saparonia -...
  8. joe002

    What is this Aloe?

    We had a small plant that we grew in the kitchen window for years in Maryland. When we moved out to the Phoenix area we planted it outside. It’s now a clump that measures about 4’ x4’ and about 2’ high (the bloom spikes can go up to 4'). It’s growing in clay/caliche soil and gets full sun for...
  9. joe002

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    Hi Chris36, thanks and welcome to you too!
  10. joe002

    Hi

    PlantAKiss and jimscott – hi, thanks for the welcome. I’ve been out of town for the past week and a half and haven’t been able to get to a computer. When I got back today I checked on my CPs and started to wade through my email, over 1000 – most SPAM :angry:
  11. joe002

    Hi

    Yeah. I thought about them too, but it’s hard enough getting a selection of T8 – T5 would be a real pain.
  12. joe002

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    xvart – just for personal use. Yeah, I know T12 and 48” bulbs are the most popular, but my shelf space is limited to 36” so I went with the shorter bubs. Also, since the T8 bulbs and fixtures are smaller I can get 6 bulbs to exactly cover my 3’x1’ shelf area (the two bulb fixtures are 36”x4”)...
  13. joe002

    Hi

    droseraguy, bucky78 – thanks, so far this board seems to have a good knowledge base and activity. xvart – right now I’m focusing on artificial lighting – specifically tube based fluorescent lights (I have 36” T8s). There’s a lot of different technical information available (and missing) on...
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    xvart – thanks. I’m not usually a very big poster on forums, but sometimes I have a question, or have completed some research, or find a topic of interest and will throw in my 2¢.
  15. joe002

    Hi

    I’ve already made a couple of posts, but never introduced myself. I started growing CPs back in the 70s, but with a lack of experience, literature, money, etc. my attempts always eventually ended in failure. I decided to try again last year, and now that I have some time to purchase/read...
  16. joe002

    Can you over water VFTs?

    But what if you post a message here but don't have a computer? ??? :blush: :-D
  17. joe002

    VFT advice and tips

    Not if you can hold it to one “touch” per day. :-D
  18. joe002

    VFT advice and tips

    :-D Nope, no contest.
  19. joe002

    VFT advice and tips

    Sounds like the same thing I read in a book: “Touch only one of the trigger hairs inside the trap with a toothpick. Touch it once and walk away. When you do this, the cells lining the inside of the trap will swell up a tiny bit… do this once a day for 7-10 days and your traps will be noticeably...
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