Succulents forum: How many different varieties do you have?

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Oct 31, 2010 10:56 PM CST
Name: Branden
Western Australia
I was just wondering how many different varieties of succulents and cactus (which ARE succulents) everybody has? I'm not exactly sure how many I have, but it is in between 210 and 220 different varieties. a database of species which have become extinct within the last 100,000 years.
Nov 5, 2010 9:49 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
I have no idea... I'd need my Mom to come and count for me.

LOL. I used to rent a small house from her, and had her come to babysit my dog while I was away on a trip (buying plants, of course!). She went around the entire house including basement counting plants, and I came home to a big note on the dining room table:


LOL. It was so funny, I think I kept it somewhere... every time someone mentions a plant count I think of that note and laugh.
Nov 9, 2010 7:23 AM CST
Name: sally o'neil
yardley, pa
zone 6b
I have about 85 and they are all in my living room under lights. Just love having them for company thru the winter. They were here before my boyfriend so they stay in the living room. lol
Dec 8, 2010 7:49 PM CST
Name: Mark
Probably about 50 types
Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy
Dec 9, 2010 2:10 PM CST
Minneapolis, MN; Zone 4a
aka treelover3 @ Dave's Garden
I'd say I have around 80 or so, just guessing. Now that you've asked, I'm going to have to go count them when I get home from work just to see how many I actually have. I'll edit the number if it's drastically different from the number posted here now.
Dec 19, 2010 8:37 AM CST
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
I counted mine as I was bringing them into the house for the winter and there were over 70 types - more than one of each kind. It's really easy to get obsessed with them and collect as many different kinds. What a fun hobby - and I don't even feel guilty!
May 13, 2011 6:42 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California, USDA 10, Sunset 19
Where summer is winter
I'm thinking around 90, but I'll try to get them counted this weekend. I'm glad I don't have to bring them inside for the winter.
May 16, 2011 3:47 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California, USDA 10, Sunset 19
Where summer is winter
241, plus or minus a few
May 17, 2011 9:25 AM CST
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
Kelli, what a huge increase - how did you do it? Are you buying them mail order, or just collecting cuttings from friends?
May 17, 2011 10:07 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California, USDA 10, Sunset 19
Where summer is winter
Yeah, my estimating skills are not so good, are they? Hilarious!

I've been accumulating them over many years, mostly since 1997, when we bought the house. Most were purchased from nurseries or plants shows at the Los Angeles Arboretum. Maybe 10% came from cuttings or plants from other people, given to me or gotten in trade. I've got the right climate for most of them and barring mealy bug infestations, they usually live a long time. (Haworthias give me trouble, though.) I've gotten to the point now that I'm pretty satisfied with what I have and haven't bought or acquired any more for a year.
Aug 16, 2011 7:53 AM CST
Name: Denise Evans
Omaha, Nebraska
Hi folks! I'm new to the Cubits forum and I'm really liking it so far. My collection hovers around 400 plants in about 50 different genera. Around 160 of those are Hoyas and Dischidias, which I consider semi-succulents (I like to call them "honorary succulents"...) I have a small greenhouse off my kitchen that accommodates about 75% of my collection and the rest of it is in the house, window-grown. Yes, it's a jungle in here!

Susan, I got a kick out of your story. Your mom must be quite a hoot! My mom has a couple dozen plants herself and enjoys growing, but I think she does wonder about my obsession!

Denise in Omaha
Aug 17, 2011 8:17 PM CST
Name: Susan B
East TN
Hi Denise and welcome! I'd love to see a photo of your greenhouse, I wish we could have attached ours to the house.

My Mom is a hoot- I used to call her I Love Lucy. She's had all sorts of adventures and fun with us. One year we drove to Boston, after about 14 hours, a motorcyclist zoomed past us dressed all in silver, including the helmet. My Mom said, "he looks just like Jeff Varner!" It only took me about 15 seconds to say, "do you mean Darth Vader?" LOL. I laughed so hard, both because she got the name wrong, and because I knew who she meant!!
Aug 21, 2011 3:25 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
Nice avatar, does that hoya have a name?
Do your plants go outside in the summer or stay in the greenhouse?

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