LACSS show and sale haul and mini succulent update

Haworthia truncata var lime green

It’s amazing how much money you can spend in a mere hour walking around a succulent/cactus show. Unlike orchid shows, it is so easy to impulse buy because prices are usually quite affordable unless you are in search for a rare collectible. And of course, I had my eye out for haworthias. Above is Haworthia truncata var lime green . I love the green contrasts with the windows.

Left above: Haworthia retusa var chocolate; Left below: Hawothia cymbidiformis variegated; Right above: Haworthia truncata var lime green; Right below: Haworthia “Hurricane” 

Above are the haworthias I purchased on this shopping spree. Haworthia retusa “chocolate” was one of the ones I had to forgo at the Long Beach show because I had no cash, but now I have one! I already have 2 varieties of H. cymbidiformis, but this Haworthia cymbidiformis variegated was so cute. Hopefully the pups will stay true, it is already making a couple weeny pups hidden under the leaves. And the last one is certainly an interesting looking one, Haworthia “hurricane,” unknown parents.

Left: King Ferdinand Agave; Middle: Rebutia kupperiana; Right: Euphobia Obesa

I did get some other interesting things. During the south bay show, I bought a Agave Victoriae-Reginae, as I was on the look out for the unique white markings. Unbeknownst to me, she has some close relatives/varieties, like this Agave fernandi-regis.

When I became interested in succulents, I was not very interested in Cacti because they seemed to all look the same, and you don’t seem to have the satisfaction of watching them grow because they are so slow. But after seeing cactus flowers, I was hooked. Rebutia are particularly floriferous. This little Rebutia kupperiana had so many buds on it. It soon flowered later in the week…

Rebutia kupperiana

Isn’t she beautiful?

The last plant is Euphobia obesa, which is apparently slow growing and flowers are not showy, but it does have wonderful markings on it.

Since we are on the subject, plants that I already own are growing slowly and surely too!

Remember my cactus garden?

My Echinopsis domino has been blooming, 2 flowes so far, and the last should be blooming tonight. Blooms are extremely large for the size of the plant, but they only last about 12 hours. they will start overnight, and hang around in the morning, but by afternoon, it will be gone. As you can see from the plant, these giant blooms really take a lot of energy out of the plant.



in the same pot, this Echinocereus reichenbachii also bloomed for me. I bought it at the south coast cactus show. It was a very delicate but vibrant pink.

cactus bloom

And lastly, my NoID stapelia is working slowly but surely on it’s flower. I wonder what it will turn out to look like…


Can you find the little bud?

succulents sometimes grow so slowly that you often don’t notice, but they do! When you look back on your old photos, you will find the fruits of your hard work!

whiteghost growth
Haworthia “white ghost”

I bought this Haworthia “White Ghost” at the south coast show.

What has been blooming in your garden?






May Orchid buds

Top Left: NOID phal; Top Right: Masd. Angel Tears; Bottom Left: NOID Miltoniopsis; Bottom Right: (Supersuk ‘Eureka’ AM/AOSxRaisin Pie ‘Hsinying’) x self; RIght: NOID Den Phal

All my winter blooms have been slowly wrapping up, but the nice thing about owning different kinds of orchids is the next flush of blooms are slowly developing. I would have to say that watching them spike and bloom is more exciting then the ensuing weeks of flowering, not to say that is not pleasant as well. It is especially exciting when the spike is the first you’ve nurtured yourself 🙂

Neofinetia falcata var Fugaku Left, spike with developing buds, Right: different growth, but the spike started looking like that. 

In addition to the above, the neofinetias are also getting ready to spike. This is my first year with them, so I wasn’t sure if the growths were new keikis or spikes. What I found was they start out like tiny babies, but they turn out to be spikes!

What kinds of orchids are blooming at your house?