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Chula Vista, CA

March 28, 2011
7:48 PM

Post #8457326

I like to let the mother of thousands grow because I like the red-pink flowers it makes in the middle of winter. They give color to the yard when almost nothing else is blooming

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Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 28, 2011
10:57 PM

Post #8457572

Hey Palmbob,
Nicely written and informative article. : - )
I have lots of succulents, it's true, most of which you named in the article. I keep the aloes for it's healing properties. I keep the Mother of Thousands (some say Hundreds) because they make such great hummingbird attractants. : - )
As rickmccj says they do provide color in a season which is either brown or green depending on rainfall.
While I've never tried to kill a pregnant onion, I have purposely not given them water for months on end, and I'll be darned if the only change is that it doesn't flower. You can peel off the clones and keep them potted to control their somewhat invasive characteristics. : - )
Found several other "friends" mentioned in your article, and some I don't want to meet. : - )
Excellent photos to accompany the article. : - )
I have to admit I really liked the pink Kalanchoe too. : - )
Well done, hope you'll write some articles on other types of succulents, and cactus too.
Walk In Beauty~
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

March 13, 2013
12:00 PM

Post #9448120

SingingWolf is the reason I have 2 of those invasives: Mother of Thousands and Pregnant Onion. I have only had them in pots (you should have seen them CRAMMED into the 6" pot SW gave me), on a patio, so they have not sprouted up in the yard. Yes, they do drop into other potted plants nearby, but are easy to pull out. I have found both of them do not like it very cold and even while we lived in inland SoCal, would bring them into the house in the winter as they would 'melt' outside in the less than 35 degree nights.

Now we live in Northern AZ where we REALLY have cold and I have them and anything else I could fit on a 3 tier rubbermaid garage shelving system in my kitchen 'nook'. They are all very happy there and the Mother of Thousands has peach colored flowerettes (they were yellow in CA) and the geraniums have bigger leaves and flowers than outside too. I also have a pot of jade (also from SW) in the kitchen. The one left outdoors 'melted' as did the hanging banana succulent, from the cold. This is NOT succulent, palm and cactus territory - even if the nogales cactus growing wild seem to be holding on.

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