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Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

February 7, 2013
6:18 AM

Post #9410980

This one is now round 10-12 years old, that is a 25cm width pot...still a close friend and much loved plant, and been in more regions than most of my other plants, so well travelled too! Hehe

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helenchild
Decatur, GA

February 8, 2013
10:56 AM

Post #9412147

Nice and compact.
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

February 8, 2013
11:43 AM

Post #9412205

Yes, those side branches will become longer, but I like it as is for now.

Baja_Costero

Baja_Costero
Baja California
Mexico
(Zone 11)

February 8, 2013
4:27 PM

Post #9412462

Inspirational.

Mine are very squat and compact, too. One of them is out in the rain right now as it has just started to leaf out.

I love the way the southern hemisphere gives us northerners live peeks of plants in other seasons. These plants don't seem to do much until summer comes, far as I can tell. Mine are quite slow, I think I don't water them enough. But I'm not in a hurry.

What's your watering schedule like in that pot right now?
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

February 8, 2013
7:32 PM

Post #9412655

Very easy - water when he has leaves, full sun, no leaves no water no sun

They stand in the open, so they get rainwater but also get watered 1x week, except if it rained well (rain also varies).

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

February 9, 2013
1:35 PM

Post #9413320

Does yours ever bloom LT?
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

February 9, 2013
8:51 PM

Post #9413738

Not yet, but this may be as a result of many things, including us moving 4 times and the plant not always in the best positions. I never feed it, so maybe if I give it more love it will send some back. It really does just tick along on its own, I just make sure it stays relatively dry in winter.

Baja_Costero

Baja_Costero
Baja California
Mexico
(Zone 11)

February 21, 2013
5:29 PM

Post #9427204

Here's lil' fatty just leafing out for the season. Growing max hard with SW exposure, pretty much full-day sun this time of year, winter rain if it comes at a good time. 5" pot.

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Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

February 21, 2013
7:27 PM

Post #9427363

Looks like a twin! Hehe

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

February 22, 2013
11:21 AM

Post #9427937

Well, after seeing LT's plant I had to get one. Unfortunately I could only afford a small one. It's about 2 inches tall and planted in S-H in a regular plastic pot. It has started to get a leaf so I'm hopeful it is alive and strong.

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Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

February 22, 2013
11:33 AM

Post #9427953

Nice, it sometimes grows a single stem, but with time it starts to grow side stems as above 2. Mine had a head-to-head with a large hailstone and lost, so the central point got damaged, but no issues, in fact I would have clipped it in any case.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

February 23, 2013
9:30 AM

Post #9428898

Probably the hailstone did you a favor! It's a nice plant.

Baja_Costero

Baja_Costero
Baja California
Mexico
(Zone 11)

February 24, 2013
8:29 PM

Post #9430503

The Pachys do respond to fertilizer, which is part of the recipe for S/H, so you should see good growth in the summer. I would give your plant some protection for a while but be careful not to leave it in low light during its main growth spurt or it may end up with long arms. They can certainly be clipped but they can also be avoided. There is a forma compacta of this plant which has superior proportions (in my opinion) and a blobbier look overall.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

February 25, 2013
7:43 AM

Post #9430874

Thanks Baja. I'm definitely looking forward to nice growth this summer.

Baja_Costero

Baja_Costero
Baja California
Mexico
(Zone 11)

February 25, 2013
1:02 PM

Post #9431317

What's your setup there in Arizona for plants that like summer sun? I imagine it can be pretty brutal.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

February 26, 2013
2:58 PM

Post #9432766

In summer, I keep plants that "like sun" on the east side of my house where they get morning sun. Some of them I make a tent of 50% shade cloth because, even with morning sun, they burn. In the winter, I move many of them to a south facing patio where they get more sun. That is why I have to keep most plants in pots so I can move them. I am also trying now to find plants that can take really strong sun, like some of the aloes from places like Saudi Arabia or Oman.

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