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I am so excited I have finely found a Operculicarya pachypus! I have been looking for years for this. I have a very large Operculicarya decaryi and it is one of my very favorite plants.
Just took it out of the box. Can't wait to see what this does in the next few years.
Sally, these last two plants are so awesome looking. I have a pachypodium that is struggling. I think I'm going to put it in hydroton or maybe a gritty mix. It's leaves are very pale. Maybe it's getting too much water lately.
Again, Sally your plants are spectacular.
Where did you get the bucket with the little handles the O. decaryi is in? Many of the plants I moved to s/h this summer are thriving and starting to get too big for the containers I got from FirstRays. I need another source.
This is a great site for unusual plants. I didn't see an O. pachypus today I believe they have had them in the past. Perhaps this is where you got yours. http://www.out-of-africa-plants.com/index.htm.
They also sell on eBay as African-Plants.
I actually get the bigger containers from a restaurant supply store on-line. I think it is call servu. I will have to check that. I did get the O. pachypus from the Great Petaluma Store. I have been look for the pachypus for years.
I just ordered an O. pachypus today from Out of Africa. This thread had peeked my interest in the plant but never ran across one until today. So I bought it. Its much smaller that the one you got but OofA usually sends sturdy plants. Wish me luck!
ps: how is yours doing?
that is great helen. I love this plant. this is one of my favorites. the trunk has such interesting texture when it gets bigger. Mine are doing great. They has stayed in full leaf thru the winter so far. This plant really likes a lot of water in the summer and partial sun.
That makes me wonder how old a plant has to be to get a fat caudex like that. It must take some time. How much of the trunk starts out above ground on these plants? Sally, have your plants been pruned a lot? I read somewhere that O. decaryi is an African equivalent of our elephant tree (Pachycormus).
My little O. pachypus is hardly in that class and only cost me $12.50. When it arrives I will post it's picture
If I can keep it alive and growing I will give it to my daughter in my will. Maybe by then it will be big enough for her to sell on eBay for $699! That would make me happy.
The Out of Africa catalog is pretty vast. Going through it is like visiting a virtual botanic garden of succulent seedlings. The baby Fockea they have right now is adorable. Helen, I think I see your O. pachypus in there. Pretty big for a year-old plant.
I like the fact that they have plants at all price ranges. I could never afford most of the specimens, but I still enjoy looking at them.
Here is a picture of my tiny O. pachypus, which arrived yesterday. The stem has a nice curve already but I don't think it is even 4" tall. I will need to protect it this summer. I think it will be at high risk.
I couldn't resist the other plant Euphorbia validia, new to me. Love the patterns.