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Zone 8-9 Washington
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Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 3:54 am   Post subject: Succulent Confusion

I have been looking at literally hundreds of them and I have a very important question for what I want to do. I want to set up a large tray, maybe 3x4 foot or 4x5 foot and set up what might be called a succulent indoor garden. This is supposed to be a garden in the idea that everything stays in it's own place and doesn't get too large or too long. I looked at a lot of Crassula but they all seem to get rather large. I also looked at some others but haven't had much luck with finding anything that stays compact except for living rocks.

Can anyone help with a list of succulents that will grow indoors but only occupy a space about 4"x4" so I can really make a true "garden" effect with them? Can I simply keep the Crassula trimmed and have them create huge stems/trunks so I can use them?

Here are the ones I have found, will any of them work for any of what I want to do:
Crassula finger, Gollum, hobbit, hummels sunset, high voltage, brevafolia, buddhas temple, columella, dorothy, marchandii,

Gasteria brevafolia
Haworthia baccata
Cymbiformis V. Angustata
Haworthia truncata
living rocks argyroderma or baby toes
Aeonium Sedifolium

Please, anyone with ideas for compact succulents or ones that can be trained that way let me know. I want to have this set up to start here by the end of the year or at the latest early spring.

I may have a way to get a whole bunch of cuttings from many different ones but I don't want to get a bunch I can't use.

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Western Norway
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Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 7:45 am   

What an exciting idea! Sounds like you're going to have lots of fun in your succulent garden. Very Happy

I'm not good with succulents at all. The small ones we've had here have always grown fast and have gotten big too, despite their dainty appearance in the shop. You've done some thorough research, and I really hope this will work out for you.

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Zone 8-9 Washington
Posts: 627
Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:17 pm   

Well have comprised a much larger list so if anyone has any of them please let me know if they stay small or can be trained to stay small:

Conophytum Meyernai
Conophytum Minutum
Cotyledon Tomentosa
Crassula Brevifolia
Crassula Columella
Crassula Dorothy
Crassula Finger
Crassula Gollum
Crassula High Voltage
Crassula Hobbit
Crassula Marchandii
Crassula Susannae
Cymbiformis V. Angustata
Echevaria Doris Taylor
Echevaria Multicaulus
Euphorbia Flanaganii
Euphorbia Suzannae
Euphorbia V. Cristata
Fauearia Madisgascariensis
Gasteria Brevafolia
Graptoveria Amethorum
Haworthia Baccata
Haworthia Coarctata V Greenii
Haworthia Cooperi
Haworthia Cymbiformis V. Angustata
Haworthia Elizeae
Haworthia Herbacea
Haworthia Reinwardtii
Haworthia Retusa
Haworthia Truncata
Haworthia Viscosa
Lapidaria Maragaethae
Lithops Olivacea
Pachyveria Royal Flush
Stomatium Agninum V. Integrifolium
Stomatium Beaufortense
Stomatium Niveum
Stomatium Suaveolens

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Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:49 pm   

Sounds like a good project you are taking on Fish. I have Echeveria 'Doris Taylor'. Here is a photo of it when I first started it off in July 2004. It now fills that pot which is about 8" in dia with loads of baby plants.

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Western Norway
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Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 5:17 pm   

I have to go through your succulents one at a time, since I don't know the scientific name for the ones I've grown.

The Echeverias we've had, have grown rather tall and put out branches.

I really like the Faucaria. It was very decorative, but I can't keep them alive.

Our Pachyveria grew fast, dropped the bottom "leaves" and got leggy.

I had the Stomatium niveum once. It grew slowly for me, and was very decorative.

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