3steven2, you by all means are not interrupting but adding to the ongoing conversation(of course we did hijack Dave's topic). I would love to live in a climate where I can/could grow my succulents outdoors all year round. But living outside of Chicago our Frost Free Dates are May 15th through to October 15th(Zone 5). When I ever do get out to California I will definitely have to check out The Huntington Gardens and then of course all the growers too. I have many rare succulents in my collection and as for clubs there is one club but it meets once per month about 60 miles away from where I live. Feel free to talk to me anytime about coins, plants, succulents or anything...as it's fun to find others who enjoy some of the same hobbies and joys in life!!!
Take it easy.....Leo
Cactus and Succulents
I have found that the Ariocarpus family of succulents are similar to Large Cents. They are hard to find and keep healthy. They are costly and slow to grow. I have a few and find them very interesting. Look on line to the Huntington Library Succulent Garden. I think there are few to equal their gardens. It is near Pasadena CA. It would be great to have EAC come to the West Coast. Have they ever had their yearly meeting here?
Steve, I agree on the Ariocarpus, genus as fun plants to own and grow. Back in the late 1970's I had all the species that were available to find and grow in my house and outside in late spring and summer. Had them blooming and producing seed as well. Now I have been getting in to the Mesembryanthemums, Euphorbias, odd and unusual Crassulas, Hawarthia truncata, rare Echeverias, Lithops, Hoyas and others such as Tillandsias and Miniature Orchid species........I have been growing plants since 1970 and have always had quite a few around to keep me busy and happy and have had a Euphorbia decaryi var. spirosticha(use to be just E. decaryi) since 1978 and one other species(which I will keep nameless)I have had since 1975. they have been with me throughout all our moves and raising a son to adulthood. These two plants have been like family...and hold a place in my heart!!!
Take it easy.....Leo