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Baja_Costero

Baja_Costero
Baja California
Mexico
(Zone 11)

August 1, 2012
12:49 PM

Post #9226162

A few shots of plants in active growth at the moment. First up is the business end of a Cyphostemma (5 inch pot). Those leaves are about 2 weeks old. The plant sits there half the year leafless, waiting for summer to do its thing.

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Baja_Costero

Baja_Costero
Baja California
Mexico
(Zone 11)

August 1, 2012
12:55 PM

Post #9226176

Alluaudia with about a month of new growth. The young spines are sort of rubbery.

If you look closely at the leaves, you can see that the primary leaves are oriented horizontally, while the secondary leaves lower down are oriented vertically.

The six-legged visitor is a frequent companion of new growth. The ants bring in mealies and aphids. A few days after I took this picture, I picked a couple of mealy bugs off the plant. Since I don't use a lot of pesticides, I have to keep an eye on where the ants are most active.

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Baja_Costero

Baja_Costero
Baja California
Mexico
(Zone 11)

August 1, 2012
1:01 PM

Post #9226178

The new growth on this Pachypodium is all at the base... 3 new branches down there (green stems in the picture). Last year this plant suffered an aphid attack right before it started new growth. So far this year it's been clear, maybe because I ended up dosing it with imidacloprid.

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turtlewalker342
Bradenton, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 1, 2012
1:38 PM

Post #9226206

I have a Alluaudia procera also but planted in the yard. It can get big.

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Baja_Costero

Baja_Costero
Baja California
Mexico
(Zone 11)

August 2, 2012
6:24 PM

Post #9227607

One day I hope to get my plant in the ground, set it loose and see what it can do. Yours looks great. How fast does it grow?
turtlewalker342
Bradenton, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 3, 2012
3:55 AM

Post #9227868

I think it's been in the ground for about 8 years. I have a Didierea madagascariensis I want to plant in the ground also but can't find a spot for it. It's about 4 feet tall.

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