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by John C
Fri May 09, 2014 5:25 am
Forum: Clubs and Events
Topic: FWCSS Spring Show and Sale - May 9-11, 2014
Replies: 4
Views: 5199

Re: FWCSS Spring Show and Sale - May 9-11, 2014

Definitely! The fall TACSS (Texas Association of Cactus and Succulent Societies) seminars are well worth the trip. The great thing is, they are free! They have things you can pay for (like meals, etc) but it is free to get into the programs, plant sale, and plant show. So, you only have to save penn...
by John C
Thu May 08, 2014 5:19 pm
Forum: Clubs and Events
Topic: FWCSS Spring Show and Sale - May 9-11, 2014
Replies: 4
Views: 5199

Re: FWCSS Spring Show and Sale - May 9-11, 2014

Ohh, how tempting. That is close enough to go to. Now I wish the kids hadn't made Mother's day plans for me. ... even though I probably would have been a little sad if they hadn't. Well, we would love to have you if you can make it. If not, there is always next year. :wink: Also, this fall will be ...
by John C
Thu May 08, 2014 4:52 am
Forum: Clubs and Events
Topic: FWCSS Spring Show and Sale - May 9-11, 2014
Replies: 4
Views: 5199

FWCSS Spring Show and Sale - May 9-11, 2014

The Fort Worth Cactus and Succulent Society will be hosting their 31st annual Mother's Day-Weekend Show and Sale on May 9-11, 2014. It will be open during regular mall hours. Come see me and all of the other vendors in the Macy's Court in Ridgmar Mall (Fort Worth, TX). If any of you are in the area,...
by John C
Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:33 am
Forum: Cacti Identification
Topic: Opuntia-wrinkles
Replies: 7
Views: 1603

Re: Opuntia-wrinkles

bluetexasbonnie wrote:Thank you very much. There are so many opuntias and I am never sure what the defining characteristics are between them.

Your help is very much appreciated.
Your welcome. Honestly, I can't tell the difference between some of them either. Some of the local ones look VERY similar.
by John C
Sat Apr 26, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: Cacti Identification
Topic: Opuntia-wrinkles
Replies: 7
Views: 1603

Re: Opuntia-wrinkles

That looks like what the Opuntia humifusa looks like here in winter. My plant looks almost identical to that one. Unless I have IDed mine incorrectly, then I would guess that is what yours is as well. They stay small and very low to the ground. Don't have many spines except for the newest pads. They...
by John C
Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:35 am
Forum: Greenhouses etc.
Topic: A Door!
Replies: 9
Views: 6345

Re: A Door!

Oh wow! Just re-read this post of mine from 4 years ago! A lot has changed in only a few years. I have even expanded the greenhouse since then! 8) Even through the 4 years, this door is still holding up really well!
by John C
Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: Agaves and Cacti in Snow
Replies: 15
Views: 3046

Re: Agaves and Cacti in Snow

Beautiful photos! Too bad it is the cold stuff. Hopefully everything pulls through without issue. Thank you for the list. I am interested in trying as many of those as possible. I am always looking for new cold hardy plants. Especially now that I am writing an article on a cold hardy species once a ...
by John C
Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:49 pm
Forum: Outdoor Cacti
Topic: Eyesore
Replies: 15
Views: 4354

Re: Eyesore

Harriet wrote:I find it a little slower growing than O humifusa, and that may be a plus for your garden.
Interesting, as it is the exact opposite in my garden. O. humifusa is rather slow for me and my ellisiana nearly doubles in size every year. :-k
by John C
Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Echinicactus texensis, Farthest NE?
Replies: 21
Views: 3609

Re: Echinicactus texensis, Farthest NE?

You have the exact opposite problem I have here. It is so dry here that as soon as you plant something during the growing season it turns to a crisp. I either have to water it myself or try to coordinate my planting with weather patterns. Nearly impossible. I need to get the plant planted in the spr...
by John C
Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:47 pm
Forum: Outdoor Cacti
Topic: Eyesore
Replies: 15
Views: 4354

Re: Eyesore

That's a tough one. I can't really think of a cactus that would be ideal for that situation. You could always cover the area in gravel and do some sort of rock feature. Or maybe you could find some native or ornamental grass that would tolerate the conditions. I'm not really sure, just telling you w...
by John C
Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:42 pm
Forum: Free For All
Topic: Share your pets here
Replies: 409
Views: 131244

Re: Share your pets here

Awesome tortoises you have! They are such neat animals! There are actually quite a few Cactiguide members who keep tortoises. 8)
by John C
Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Echinicactus texensis, Farthest NE?
Replies: 21
Views: 3609

Re: Echinicactus texensis, Farthest NE?

Have you ever heard of Guerrilla Gardening =~_^= I sure have! Not many people know but I have guerrilla planted some plants around here. I haven't done any cacti or succulents though. I really should! I just might try a few in some selected locations when I can. I am concerned about my previously p...
by John C
Sun Jan 26, 2014 6:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: Echinicactus texensis, Farthest NE?
Replies: 21
Views: 3609

Re: Echinicactus texensis, Farthest NE?

Seeds from these are what I am really looking for...that moister/more humid but still about Zone 7b-8 area to the East/East Central area...that area near Waco would be a heck of a place to gather a mess of seeds...I think Mr Brack would LOVE to offer these...think he gives merchandise credit for se...
by John C
Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Echinicactus texensis, Farthest NE?
Replies: 21
Views: 3609

Re: Echinicactus texensis, Farthest NE?

As I was scrolling through I saw this thread, good thing I clicked on it! 8) I am a resident of Tarrant county and am always on the lookout for cacti native to my county. Unfortunately this county has become pretty well developed and there is hardly any suitable habitat left. What is left is private...
by John C
Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:23 am
Forum: Outdoor Cacti
Topic: How to choose?
Replies: 9
Views: 2439

Re: How to choose?

That is a tough question there. My preference and recommendation would be young, small plants that have been grown at least somewhat hard. I have tried the hard grown older specimens and have had bad luck with them. I don't want to give you the impression that I have had a lot of experience with the...