Easter Lily Cactus and Soap Aloe
Posted by Fred SC on July 7, 2018, 8:07 am
Here is a small Echinopsis blooming. it is not Echinopsis multiplex like the others but is a subspecies. It has been in ground two years, also, it too is hardy here.The larger ones bloomed two months back. I planted 7 different colors of Echinopsis this Spring form yellow to bright orange to in between. Also here is a picture of my Aloe saponaria(Soap Aloe) in ground and doing well. It has been in ground here 5 years and in ground at my old place for about 10. I brought a pup here and it is spreading nicely. My neighbors moved back to Phoenix yesterday. She put the name of an Argentine Trichocereus terscheki into her phone and will try and locate one for me and mail it to me. They are expensive and usually see only tall ones for hundreds of dollars, but you can get babies in phoenix for less than 10 dollars. This T. terscheki is called the Argentine Saguaro. It can get twenty or more feet tall with arms. It should be hardy here if the T. huasca of which I have several and they are hardy for me here. I will plant it beside the Aloe saponaria. They are very fast growing and will develop arms in 10 or less years. I should, I hope, live long enough to witness that. LOL.
Soap Aloe and Hummingbirds
Posted by Rob North Tennessee on July 7, 2018, 1:19 pm, in reply to "Easter Lily Cactus and Soap Aloe"
Aloe saponaria is a favorite of mine and a long living aloe. Did you know it is native to arid regions in eastern South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Mine has only bloomed a couple of times in the past 10 years and Hummingbirds are attracted to the showy flowers. Speaking of hummers, there are big fights all day long on my front porch. I wish they would share, plenty for everyone. Sometimes I wonder if they are just playing ??? Beautiful plants friend.
Re: Soap Aloe and Hummingbirds
Posted by Fred SC on July 7, 2018, 7:18 pm, in reply to " Soap Aloe and Hummingbirds"
Thanks, Rob. My Aloes bloom, but I just do not ever hardly see hummers here. You would think they would maybe buzz the lilies, but they do not. I put up hummingbird feeders for a few years and never once saw a hummer at them. All the Aloe are native to africa and parts of the Arabian peninsula but most common in South African part of the continent. Saponaria is the only one that has proven hardy here even thru the vortex years. IT got some nominal damage then but revived quickly.
Re: Easter Lily Cactus and Soap Aloe
Posted by Jason Western PA on July 7, 2018, 8:52 pm, in reply to "Easter Lily Cactus and Soap Aloe"
How hardy is the soap aloe? Kinda cool looking.
Posted by Rob North Tennessee on July 8, 2018, 12:24 am, in reply to "Re: Easter Lily Cactus and Soap Aloe"
Jason, a friend gave me one about 11 years ago and Ive still got it. Ive divided it out through the years and gave lots away. I once gave the mother plant away because a pup had grown larger than her and there were still 15 pups going on. Never fussy and never needs a drink of water but I do. It seems to deflate about 45* haha It hates cold weather so its potted and comes indoors after Halloween. It also hates hot sun! It will turn red/brown and wrinkly if left in the sun. They must be a somewhat under-story plant in nature. I was surprised when Fred said it does OK outdoors and mine seems fussy at chilly weather (but in the past couple of years is adjusting some) so I looked up its hardiness happiness and its zone 8 and a perfect match for Freds bed They are very common and possible to find. You appreciate them more when they grow and multiply.
Posted by Mark z7 Sharptown, MD on July 8, 2018, 7:35 am, in reply to "Easter Lily Cactus and Soap Aloe"
Nice flower and love the aloe, wish there was one I could grow outdoors here. I am terrible at protection so it would have to be zone 7/6b hardy and I don't think there is one out there, yet.
Posted by Fred SC on July 8, 2018, 8:25 am, in reply to "Re: Easter Lily Cactus and Soap Aloe"
Jason , they say zone 8 but these went much below that with only nominal damage during those vortex years. I do have them plante against the SE side of my house and that surely helps. I was somewhat surprised when I planted it years ago and it survived. Sometimes the plant gurus just do not know what they are talking about. I've lots of plans that are a zone even two zones above recommended hardy areas that do great. Just depends. Cacti and succulents, in particular, are much more hardy than rated usually if given really god drainage and siting..
Posted by Fred SC on July 8, 2018, 8:30 am, in reply to "Re: Easter Lily Cactus and Soap Aloe"
Mark,I do not protect this Aloe at all, but it's siting against the brick house foundation surely helps here. We have very mild winters usually, but on occasion, we can go down very low in temps. I wish I was in a zone warmer ,because then I could grow many more Aloe, OL. WE 'plantholics' are never satisfied .
Posted by Mark z7 Sharptown, MD on July 8, 2018, 3:21 pm, in reply to "Re: Easter Lily Cactus and Soap Aloe"
So true Fred about never being satisfied. I always want the plant I can't grow year round.
Posted by Tom in PA on July 8, 2018, 10:57 pm, in reply to "Easter Lily Cactus and Soap Aloe"
Nice cactus bloom Fred! Thatís a nice aloe plant too. I have an indoor aloe in a pot.
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