Visiting the Bonsai and succulent show

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The Succulent society I belong to exhibited at a nearby bonsai and succulent show so I made sure to go and see what was on offer. It was too crowded and the light was too poor to take pictures of entire displays so I had to just take single shots. There were orchids, Hoyas, air plants and carnivorous plants for sale too

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A Pitcher plant: I've killed some carnivorous plants years ago so for now I'm resisting getting more, they are pretty specific and my home climate isn't ideal

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A spider orchid. I'm fairly negligent at keeping orchids and my climate doesn't suit them either although I got some spaghnum moss to repot the phalaeonopsis

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The bonsai on show and the plants for sale, weren't that impressive and I'll confess I'm much too negligent to take care of bonsai trees and many succulents are natural bonsai, such as this Adenium which is probably 15 to 20 years old so I'll stick with them.

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This Raphionacme is over 50 years old and about 25cm across. It was most probably illegally collected from nature though.

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A local woman called Jo was selling her handmade pottery, really unique pieces that are quite difficult to make and fire successfully in a kiln.

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Of course I had to buy a few things but I restrained myself. Below is Mammillaria shiedeana, a relative of M plumosa

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Graptopetalum bellum has been on my want list for a while

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Not sure what this is, either Rebutia, Sulcorebutia or Gymnocalycium but it's definitely a clumping miniature. You can see an offset pushing out at the bottom and the spiral growth form suggests Rebutia. I guess I'll know when it flowers but I am open to suggestions.

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While helping out at the display, I got some cuttings: Ceropegia nilotica

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Orbea dummerii and Stapelia schinzii. The leaves are from Tylecodons, which occasionally make plantlets from fallen leaves so that's just an experiment which would be amazing it it works

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Fascinating specimens! The spider one does look like some bug. I wonder if it deters or attracts animals. The Raphionacme is beautiful. Are they endangered?

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Orchids attract their pollinators via mimicry, they don't offer pollen or nectar as a reward.
Raphionacme aren't endangered, although they are extremely slow growers and there are some growing in the wild near my house but it is illegal to take plants from the wild here due to the destruction of other species due to overcollection. Many plants taken from the wild don't survive transplantation and this is one that doesn't like being moved.

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Orchids attract their pollinators via mimicry, they don't offer pollen or nectar as a reward.

They're the cats of the plant world. :)

That raphinacme is excellent. There's something about plants with colorful flowers growing in dry environment that I find alluring. Maybe I used to be a pollinator in my past life. I didn't know it was illegal to harvest plants from the wild. We have a more permissive attitude, though harvesting from certain areas is illegal and generally frowned upon. There's some harvesting done here for medicinal plants and mushrooms.

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I wish you luck!

That Ceropegia nilotica is really cool looking. I've never tried succulents, and orchids never reflower. I suppose my climate isn't good either. Right now, having brought all my house plants back inside, they all look pretty awful. I think it's the humidity - this house is ridiculously dry, idk why.

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I love ceropegia flowers, they are out of this world. I admire Northern Hemisphere gardeners and all your effort for growing. I have to move some plants around to avoid summer sun but in general I like to place pots and forget about them

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Keep us posted on the cuttings. Looks like a fun show. Glad you found a few things to take home 🙂 I'm with you on bonsai - too much work/attention. But I do have a couple of succulents that are doing pretty well.

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I wish 100% survival rate for your cuttings!

Beautiful plants, I really like Adenium.
Unfortunately mine is dead...
I want Adenium again.

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Thanks! I think adenium is difficult in a Mediterranean climate. Here we grow it outside in the summer and keep it dry and warm in winter inside the house. They dislike cold a lot

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Thank you very much for your advice!
So this was my mistake, I left Adenium on the street...
So it's frozen 😒, because I know that I didn't overfill it.

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I don't know if I could ever grow succulents and if I did I surely wouldn't be able to remember their names or how to pronounce them.
There're so many different kinds with each one looking so different from the rest. Your knowledge of this type of plant has got to be pretty extensive. I hope the cuttings you got, flourish.
Heck, I thought the last picture included a couple of cucumbers. 😁

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Heck, I thought the last picture included a couple of cucumbers. 😁

In my climate, it's easier to grow succulents than cucumbers. I envy you there 😄

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I love hand made pot! It’s really cute! they look great, well done! ❤️

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The center of the not-mammillaria cactus reminds me Notocactus.

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Thanks! let me trawl google and see what I see
Edit: Yes, looks like Notocatus elegans aka Parodia elegans

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Oh nice! Now just wait for the giant flowers. They are pretty amazing.

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Amazing! The Raphionacme looks so good, I love the flowers. And, the woman you are talking about, Jo, made the pottery very beautifully. Having them on the corner of the home would be nice. Good to hear you got some cutting too.
I don't have any succulents and bonsai but they always fascinate me. Maybe someday.

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Succulents are easier to grow than bonsai, I suggest that you start with those and you will soon be hooked on growing them

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I have also heard that. Hope I can start doing that soon. Thanks :)

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I definitely love Mammillaria shiedeana and the little unknown which I think is rebutia for some reason, maybe because of the shape of its apex but I'm not sure either.

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All the plants are really beautiful. I congratulate you on this new acquisition.
I like bonsays but they are not my type of plants to take care of, I prefer to stick with my cacti and succulents.
Orchids have slowly succumbed to the climate in my region. I only have two left.

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That sounds just like me!

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Yes, it's more or less the same as yours, hehehe.

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Wow! So many beautiful plants. The bonsai plants look great! They are tough!

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I am an idiot, I always wanna eat succulents, it's the texture. It reminds me of peyote...

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Well, there are many that contain all sorts of substances so why not?

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Lol I heart that most of the "milk" secreted by the succulents is poisonous, I have no idea!

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