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flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

March 23, 2009
3:39 PM

Post #6307926

With the water shortage, I am gradually changing to succulents wherever a water-guzzler needs replacing. I found TROPIFLORA, here in Sarasota. (On Tallevast, between 301 and I-75.)

Frankly, I was not prepared for the expanse and breadth of their nursery. They have only about twenty acres, and much of it is under cover.

We were looking for succulents, but their bromeliads and orchids were spectacular, and most enticing. We could not ignore the tremendous order they had set aside for shipment to Singapore. Some of those plants are magnificent !!!

We managed to gather a few specimens -- and would have taken more if we had the space. They are gorgeous!

They are having a thing they call a FESTIVAL, April 3-5. They promise food and drinks -- but just wandering through their nursery would be treat enough. We'll try to get there.

: )
Darlacooper
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 23, 2009
11:36 PM

Post #6309999

If you do get there we expect pictures and a full verbal account! lol Some of us are just too far away.

Darla

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

March 24, 2009
2:19 PM

Post #6312482

I'll try.

Be well

: )
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 24, 2009
3:13 PM

Post #6312719

I know it depends on the species, (which I have no clue which ones I have), but in zone 9a, would I be safe in planting my succulents/cacti in the ground year around?

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

March 24, 2009
6:30 PM

Post #6313582

I am no expert.

When we purchased this house there was a cactus growing outside in a small patch, facing east. It got so big -- enormous -- that we had to have it torn out.

My new ones seem to be surviving, so far.

I'll post some photos when I get a chance.

Be well

: )

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

March 26, 2009
12:52 AM

Post #6320116

Here are a few from Tropiflora:

1. Agave celsii -- albicans marginata

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flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

March 26, 2009
12:54 AM

Post #6320120

2. Agave Americana

P.S. It's surrounded by some broken-off stems of Kalanchoe -- which I just stuck in the ground.

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flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

March 26, 2009
12:55 AM

Post #6320124

3. Agave Desmettina variegated

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flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

March 26, 2009
12:57 AM

Post #6320133

And a couple from Crowley's

a. Furcrea

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flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

March 26, 2009
12:58 AM

Post #6320139

b. Aloe (large -- my name)

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flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

March 26, 2009
12:59 AM

Post #6320148

c: Aloes (small -- my name)

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flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

March 26, 2009
1:03 AM

Post #6320169

And some Euphorbia -- Crown of Thorns -- from various places

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flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

March 26, 2009
1:06 AM

Post #6320183

And a Euphorbia (cutting, purloined from a neighbor)

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flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

March 26, 2009
1:07 AM

Post #6320190

And a Firestick Pencil Cactus from Crowley's)

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flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

March 26, 2009
1:10 AM

Post #6320209

And a lonely tomato that sprung up from last year's planting, among more purloined Euphorbia.

Be well

: )

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Dutchlady1
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 26, 2009
1:19 AM

Post #6320261

Your yard looks a whole lot like mine... :-)

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

March 26, 2009
1:21 PM

Post #6321758

I don't think so.

Yours is much larger -- and you, also, have some grass.

Be well

: )

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

June 28, 2009
6:51 PM

Post #6749929

So, Tropiflora had its summer sale. We went -- two days. And, I must confess, my DDW and I had no problem in making our quota.

This is a sample: Opuntia monacantha variegate "Joseph's Coat.."

d=_=b

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Dutchlady1
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 28, 2009
8:18 PM

Post #6750345

Cool - I have that one too :-) but I didn't know it was called Joseph's Coat.
MollyMc
Archer/Bronson, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2009
9:12 PM

Post #6750525

Kay, if you are still looking in here, now that you are in zone 8b, you will find that not all succulents can take the cold.

The agaves do very well here, although my variegated one got bit this winter by the cold, pretty bad. In the spring I cut off all the crispies and am trying to bring it back.

The prickly pear cactus do well since they are native here, but I have had some other cacti that froze up and went hollow.

They say hens and chicks do well, but I have trouble keeping them alive in my rock garden.

Flyboy, great idea to go with these plants. They are beautiful and are easy to care for, not too demanding.

Molly
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2009
10:00 PM

Post #6750780

Yes, I am still here - LOL! I won't be going anywhere unless something forces me to - ie my grandbabies move away - I will have to follow, OF COURSE! I decided, after talking to a neighbor who has gardened here for 50 years, not to put any of my succulents in the ground.
MollyMc
Archer/Bronson, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2009
10:15 PM

Post #6750840

Hey Kay, I have some of those Americana Agave. I got a couple plants from a freecycler, one is getting pretty big now. She keeps sending roots underground out into the pathway. Low and behold pups appear. I have to dig them and move them or share, otherwise they get trampled by me and if I sidestep and let them grow, they do have some sharp spikes on the tips of the blades.

You should come down sometime take some plants home that are proven to live in our zone.

Molly
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2009
11:02 PM

Post #6751000

Molly, I would love that! How far are you from PCB?
MollyMc
Archer/Bronson, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2009
11:18 PM

Post #6751053

Kay, the atlas is somewhere in one of the cars so not sure of the distance.

You'd take I-10 to I-75 south to Gainesville. I'm about 20 miles from I-75 SW of Gainesville.

Pick a weekend and I will make sure I am not working. You want to stay over, I have a guest room.

Molly
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2009
11:53 PM

Post #6751175

You are about 5 hours from me. I can't take that long a drive right now. Thanks for the invitation, though.
MollyMc
Archer/Bronson, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2009
12:11 AM

Post #6751241

You are welcome anytime, Kay.

:^)))
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2009
1:04 AM

Post #6751423

Thanks, Molly.

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

July 4, 2009
5:32 PM

Post #6777145

The stuff is settling in -- and we add a piece, here and there.

This is what it looks like.

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flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

July 4, 2009
5:34 PM

Post #6777150

But, I confess -- it is difficult to ignore the zinnias at the nursery.

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MollyMc
Archer/Bronson, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 4, 2009
7:36 PM

Post #6777531

Luv that variegated agave Flyboy and yeah, can't resist those zinnias. That's okay, the agaves won't mind sharing some moisture.

Looking Good!!!!

Molly

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

July 4, 2009
8:25 PM

Post #6777696

Thanx Molly:

It's fun.

Be well

(o_O)

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