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booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 27, 2008
11:44 PM

Post #5475998

The AZ Poinsettia's red sections are popping! I wish I had a good camera (I did use the close up but still not like some of you have.

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booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 27, 2008
11:45 PM

Post #5476002

see the bee in the upper left area? They love this plant and are helping to make it the best it can be!

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booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 27, 2008
11:46 PM

Post #5476008

just another view...

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tucsonjill
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5a)

August 27, 2008
11:57 PM

Post #5476040

Love it, Boo! What kind of garden space does it want?
booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 28, 2008
12:04 AM

Post #5476058

It wants MY GARDEN SPACE...haha

Remember, I have a small one reserved for you Jill. Aren't you excited??


This is one of the "kids" of a mother plant I had that nearly bit the bullet with the BF. The mother plant is doing so much better. They love the ground, full sun, water (!!) but mine are all in pots. I water daily. I used to have many of them...they went to live with friends all over the valley and some just didn't recover from the BF.

My mother plant came from our buddy Jim who works at Bakers. It was a teeny little plant...many years ago. He knows more about them...but I love them as much as he does.

They drop seeds big time (I think in the fall but not sure) and I get dozens of volunteers...will share them at the Spring Swap.


This message was edited Aug 27, 2008 5:08 PM
tucsonjill
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5a)

August 28, 2008
12:27 AM

Post #5476133

Ground? Full sun? Water? I can do that... :) Just tryin' to make my new little friend happy, so it'll look as good as Mama!
booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 28, 2008
12:39 AM

Post #5476170

It grows pretty quickly in the spring/summer...so don't despair if it acts nonchalant this winter.

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

August 28, 2008
12:46 AM

Post #5476200

I also got one from Jim. The BF did it and it's MANY, MANY offspring in :(
However I now have MANY, MANY more. The little buggers pop up all over with little to no water. Great easy or no care plant.
booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 28, 2008
12:49 AM

Post #5476213

Do your big ones get water? Or because it's so shady in your garden, maybe they aren't so thirsty?

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

August 28, 2008
1:08 AM

Post #5476293

None of them are in areas with a drip. Stubborn little guys...
tucsonjill
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5a)

August 28, 2008
1:11 AM

Post #5476303

My kind of plant!
booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 28, 2008
1:20 AM

Post #5476337

Are they red now like mine?

One day I forgot to water one of them in the monring and when I got home, it was burnt in places and almost died! And the red bleached out to white.

Someone (?Tomatoe freak?) told me they grow on the canal banks but I have never seen them myself.

Not that I frequent canal banks...

Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

August 28, 2008
2:09 AM

Post #5476539

Mine don't have as much red, probably because of all this dad-bern shade ;(
booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 28, 2008
2:11 AM

Post #5476547

I love that..."dad-bern" my folks used to say that.
gardenguyaz
Chandler, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 28, 2008
4:11 AM

Post #5477060

I was so glad when Jim shared these with me. They now have taken over my rose beds in the hottest summer months, and kind of put color where the roses are when they stop blooming. Now they have moved into the back yard, and multiplied like rabbits. I really love them. They provide color when so many things stop providing a splash. I'm also enjoying the --- what was it called, Mexican Morning Glory (with the pink flowers). I ordered one after seeing someone else post one, and it has just be loaded with blooms within the last few days. I do wish they lasted longer into the day. They are generally all wilting by noonish, 1:00 PM. Those ants sure do like them too, not sure what that is all about.

Fall is just around the corner. My favorite time of year...can't wait. The roses start blooming like crazy again, and we can start planting some colorful annuals to last through the fall, winter, and spring.

Alan
slatwood
Sun City, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 28, 2008
4:11 AM

Post #5477067

I'm officially pleading for a volunteer at the swap. OK?
booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 28, 2008
5:36 AM

Post #5477270

right now I have given my volunteers away or reserved for a few here but if another pops up, I will share. Maybe Alan has some?
slatwood
Sun City, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 28, 2008
5:56 AM

Post #5477309

Alan -- got an extra for me? Pretty Please?
gardenguyaz
Chandler, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 28, 2008
2:33 PM

Post #5478254

Absolutely! If you want them right now, let's just set up a time for you to come over and we'll dig some up. I can try and bring some to the fall swap, but mine all die off in the winter. So I'm thinking even if I dug them up, they wouldn't survive, in that case I'll bring you seeds, they are real easy to start from seed, just throw them where you want them, and they will come. It's probably best if it gets water at least once a week. My gut feeling tells me we are going to have good winter rains this year though, so you probably won't even have to water the seeds. Just throw them where you want them and let nature take it's course. I started mine with one pack of seeds from Jim, now I could feel 100 bags with seeds if I harvested them...laugh!

Alan
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

August 28, 2008
2:40 PM

Post #5478283

Alan could I please have some seed too? I think my problem is I have always gotten them fromt he fall swap and they die before they get a chance to set seed.
tucsonjill
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5a)

August 28, 2008
3:56 PM

Post #5478620

OH, no, I'm having none of that "dying off" business. Maybe if I keep it in a container that can be babied for a bit until spring?
Aguane
Phoenix, AZ

August 28, 2008
5:03 PM

Post #5478858

I'll bring some starts. Its invasive in my yard. All over the place.
booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 28, 2008
5:30 PM

Post #5478937

Alan, Tell me how to harvest the seeds okay? I have no clue.

I bring mine into the patio during the cold winter but let me tell you, they are hardy and never have died unless we have a BF and then they will come indoors..

I love invasive, Susie. can we see some photos Susie and Alan?
tucsonjill
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5a)

August 28, 2008
6:02 PM

Post #5479063

Mine might need a little more TLC, Boo, since I'm a bit cooler than you lot up in Phoenix. Still, I can do this!
gardenguyaz
Chandler, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 28, 2008
6:20 PM

Post #5479126

The seeds are the yellowish green things on the top of the flower. Just cut or pull them off, put them in a pan in a think layer, and let them dry out in the sun, bag em or plant them. I'll try to remember and get some pictures this weekend.

Alan
booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 28, 2008
6:29 PM

Post #5479166

I knew those were the seeds but I wasn't sure if I wanted to leave them to dry on their own. I think I will wait a while though.

Jill...it will work...you are determined!
gardenguyaz
Chandler, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 28, 2008
6:51 PM

Post #5479258

I think I would leave them on till they start falling of easily, and then collect them.

Alan
booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 29, 2008
12:16 AM

Post #5480513

thanks Alan
slatwood
Sun City, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 29, 2008
1:24 AM

Post #5480871

Aguane - can you save a start for me?
RODICAP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 29, 2008
3:10 AM

Post #5481271

That AZ Poinsettia is gorgeous, Boo. I hope mine grow up to be just like that.
Aguane
Phoenix, AZ

August 29, 2008
3:29 AM

Post #5481322

Certainly, Slatwood!
slatwood
Sun City, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 29, 2008
7:12 AM

Post #5481895

Yay! Thanks Aguane, and I'll add it to my list...as soon as I'm eligible for another edit!

Someone just asked me --- so I'm gonna ask you ---- where'd your name, Aguane, come from! How do you pronounce it?
Aguane
Phoenix, AZ

August 29, 2008
7:48 AM

Post #5481924

Ah-guan-eh

An Italian female faerie that hangs out in wooded hillsides in and near streams... wears a red cap. I grew up near and love the Redwood forests of Northern CA.
slatwood
Sun City, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 29, 2008
8:07 AM

Post #5481931

The more refined version of ancient Rome's Gaea --- usually Gaia, mow. I like it.
gardenguyaz
Chandler, AZ
(Zone 9b)

August 29, 2008
5:28 PM

Post #5483452

Oh heck, I didn't know that. I though it was a lizard!! =) I'm going to have to google it now.

Alan

Addition: I googled it, and found nothing on fairies, but did you know your birthday is 2 days before mine!?!?!?!

This message was edited Aug 29, 2008 10:30 AM
booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 23, 2008
2:57 PM

Post #5707866

One of my normally very pretty AZ P's started getting yellow leaves

...I dmailed the AZ P guru, Jim, and he said they don't love afternoon sun. Interesting because mine DID NOT get it at all in the summer but since the sun has moved that one was getting it. I moved it to a shadier area so hope to see some recovery. You can cut these all the way back through and they come back even more beautiful. All my others are doing great as they were not in the suns rays in the afternoon.

Here is an example of my favorite one (huge leaves!) one that gets no winter sun at all...and only a little the rest of the year. It's on a patio facing north, sharing it's home with a pink bower vine.

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booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 23, 2008
2:58 PM

Post #5707873

the pot is a very large one...that helps define the size of the leaves

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booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 23, 2008
3:04 PM

Post #5707897

last one...I am in love with these plants!

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Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

October 23, 2008
3:41 PM

Post #5708080

I love them too. Just have not succeeded in getting them to live.
booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 23, 2008
3:55 PM

Post #5708134

I will bring one to the SWAP for you Marie. They are actually easy...I'll teach you. :-)
booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 23, 2008
3:56 PM

Post #5708140

oh! I went to add you on myspace for the swap and you were already down. :-)
gardenguyaz
Chandler, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 23, 2008
3:58 PM

Post #5708147

Someone asked, "how much garden space does it take?" The whole garden if you will let it!!!! It spreads like wildflower. I only threw seeds out in the front yard, but now the back yard is over grown with it to. Once you have it, you have it for life! As long as their is a regular watering routine, i.e. Drip and/or Sprinkler system, it will flourish there.

Alan
booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 23, 2008
4:17 PM

Post #5708212

so true, Alan...
. And I guess that is why I like pots because it is still a beauty but contained in a small yard.

HINT TO ALAN:
love to see some photos!
tucsonjill
Lincoln, NE
(Zone 5a)

October 23, 2008
5:38 PM

Post #5708519

No afternoon sun, huh? Good to know, as I figure out where to put my new friend!
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 24, 2008
2:25 AM

Post #5710197

what's the latin name on those? or can you give a plantfiles link to them?
=)
RODICAP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 24, 2008
2:30 AM

Post #5710213

Debbie ,it's name is Euphorbia Heterophylla. I hope that helps.
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 24, 2008
2:31 AM

Post #5710215

surely does--thanks a bunch!
=)
booplants
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 24, 2008
5:32 AM

Post #5710713

the ones I have are here..

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/31786/



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