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nopahl
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Another from SoCal

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Hello, hello
just another new member from socal. I have been growing and collecting for the past 13 years or so. well not so much collecting the past 4 or so years. I quickly ate up all of my available space living in an apartment. But just last year I was able to free up some by giving a few extra plants I had away. Looking into adding some plants that I had lost from my collection in the past I was astounded to see how high some of them are going for nowadays. Things in general have been going up i guess but man some of the plants i see for sale are roughly 4x as much now. Luckily these days Im mainly interested in opuntioids haha. But even something like ortegocactus, which was plentifully available when i started in the hobby seems hard to find and sellers are marketing them as "rare" and asking for much more than i paid for mine before i lost it years ago. well little rant aside, Ive always enjoyed lurking here and figured it was time to make an account.
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Hello nopahl,
welcome to the CactiGuide forum. With your limited space, it would not be a wise decision to grow opuntioids. I do have more space than most likely a majority of forum members, but already had to get rid of my tall prickly pear cacti. Now I am forced to either cull most of my medium-size Opuntia spp. or reduce their size substantially, because they are crowding out the cacti that are planted nearby.
If you only have limited space, I would suggest, that you check out members of the cactus genus Turbinicarpus. Most of those do stay relatively small.
However, they do sell for around $6.00 a piece when ordered from MIles2Go.

Harald
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Hello and welcome! I haven't been in the hobby for very long, but I definitely noticed the increasing prices this last year. Copiapoa cinerea, for instance, has been steadily increasing in price while at the same time the size of the plants have markedly decreased! It's great that nurseries and other growers are earning their well-earned cash, but I can't help but hope that the demand goes down after this pandemic is truly over! 8-[
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Welcome. I'm relatively new too. Just getting back into the hobby after neglecting my plants for years.
Jerry Smith
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Welcome! I've been growing a lot of rarer cacti and succulents from seed but that needs time. Most Opuntias do grow pretty large, but there are exceptions... I tend to avoid them as indoor plants because of glochids though.
A cactus and succulent collector who especially likes Aricarpus. ...Though I have a bit of everything! Want some pictures? See my flickr! I also do art and such.
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nopahl
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hegar wrote: Mon May 10, 2021 4:17 am Hello nopahl,
welcome to the CactiGuide forum. With your limited space, it would not be a wise decision to grow opuntioids. I do have more space than most likely a majority of forum members, but already had to get rid of my tall prickly pear cacti. Now I am forced to either cull most of my medium-size Opuntia spp. or reduce their size substantially, because they are crowding out the cacti that are planted nearby.
If you only have limited space, I would suggest, that you check out members of the cactus genus Turbinicarpus. Most of those do stay relatively small.
However, they do sell for around $6.00 a piece when ordered from MIles2Go.

Harald
Im lucky enough where my building lets me keep my plants outside near my steps. I probably overdid it with my columnars though, a few echinopsis species I grow for graft stock and some Im growing out to flower. think my larget echinopsis lageniformis is around 5' or so now. Hoping it will flower for me soon but Ive heard theyre rather reluctant to when grown in containers. And other than my chollas my other opuntioids are small south american species. I did lose a good amount of them a few years back. I had some really nice maihueniopsis, puna, and a tunilla id like to replace soon. Micropuntia is another one Ive been on the lookout for but it seems very few people grow it.
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Howdy.
Share a few pics of the collection.
Mike The Cactus Guy
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What part of So Cal are you in?

We may have of the small opuntiods you are looking for
http://www.CandDplants.com

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Welcome from Germany.
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C And D wrote: Fri Jun 18, 2021 3:00 pm What part of So Cal are you in?

We may have of the small opuntiods you are looking for
I am in the los angeles area. Currently I'm looking for opuntia fragilis but I'd prefer one from a california population. I'm on a bit of a cali native plant kick right now for the most part. micropuntia, which i havent been seen available at all for as long as I've been looking for one. and for south americans, maihueniopsis clavarioides, maihueniopsis nigrispina, and tunilla erectoclada, I believe thats the one with the deep red flower.
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