More plants again: Succulent society meeting

I'm a member of the local succulent society and they have meetings once a month. This Wednesday they had a speaker on the genus Pterodiscus and he had some plants for sale so who could resist?

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The one I got is Pterodiscus speciosus and it is in the process of becoming dormant so the leaves are drying up and dropping off because we are entering winter. If you want to see what it looks like during active growth, take a look here: http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Pedaliaceae/22819/Pterodiscus_speciosus
The speaker also had some seeds of other species that he was giving out so I'll try sowing them in spring. I also got given a lot of Dioscorea seeds and I'm really looking forward to sowing those

Some other members also brought plants for sale and I got these two:

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Bulbine sedifolia, a short, compact growing species that will flower in winter. I'm busy getting a collection of these, I love the cheerful little yellow flowers.

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Cotyledon campanulata makes the typical bell-shaped flowers but they are yellow, not red. Furry leaves, too: what more could you want?

Last time I mentioned that I found some tiny cactus seedlings when I repotted the plants I bought although I only found 2 at that stage. After some careful observation, I found more. Now I have 15 little seedlings and the fun part is that they are all pretty different. Most of them are astrophytums but it is a mixture so I could get a lot of different plants

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Autumn is flowering season for some mesembs and here are a few:

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Conophytum bilobum

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Conophytum marginatum

I finally got better at not killing Baby Toes! There's a second flower bud on the left too

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Finally, a mesemb species that grows wild in my area and a solitary bee that pollinates the flowers. I never see normal honeybees visiting them but these tiny little bees love the flowers. You can see a seed capsule forming in the bottom left corner.

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The little green cacti--balls :) Do you keep them outside in an open air?

Conophytum marginatum looks great with all the dots.

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Not yet but they are in my bathroom where they get open air and filtered morning sun. It's cold at night so I want them indoors at night to continue growing

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I constantly forget that winter is approaching in your hemisphere, it's very strange 😅
In our parts of the desert plants are quite popular, there is a very big similarity between the harsh southern and northern conditions, so cacti and succulents can survive here, of course, in the home conditions, nevertheless.

Baby Toys look just amazing, I've never seen such a plant, but its shapes immediately captured my heart, a very appropriate name 😊

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Baby toes are very captivating! They grow close to the sea-shore in nature, with just their tops peeping out of the sand

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Beautiful in every way! ❤️ That meeting like Heaven 🤗. Gorgeous plants.
Lucky plants to be in your collection, they will be well loved! 🙂

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Tenes una gran variedad, siempre me gustan ver suculentas cuando voy a ferias o fotos aca en el blog, me encantan las formas que tienen a veces son muy extrañas

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Thank you! I love their weird forms and always try to go to the shows

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It is a great collection congratulations, many of these species are difficult to get here, and if there are they are very expensive, for the moment I am getting seeds of different species, hopefully I will find some of your plants for sale in Mexico.

I can't stop looking at your pictures, your plants are beautiful.

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Thank you! These plants are generally not cheap here either but with patience, you don't have to pay too much. Mesembs can be very difficult to keep though, it's a good idea to start with the cheaper, easier species first and learn all you can about them

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I have been meaning to try some more succulents in our garden... the front garden is all rock walls and i thought to try some there. (There were some but overgrown and ugly) i ripped them out and didn't take enough cuttings.... "cries"

we have a couple inside in my daughters room :-)

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Congratulations!
Beautiful plants, I wish they bloomed magnificently!

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