April 2021: Virtual Brag Table Results

 Submit to next month’s brag table for boasting rights, judge feedback, and club bucks!

Just send in your name, your plant’s scientific name, a photo, your category (cacti or succulent, up to 2 plants per category) and your rank (novice= <10 wins, intermediate= 10+ wins, advanced= pro grower) by May 23rd, 2021.

To enter, email your entries with the subject line “Brag Table” to the editor at: eyf.editor@gmail.com

Special Thanks:

For showing your beautiful specimens!

Dean Karras as digital plant arbiter / commenter!

37 Specimens: 12 cactus & 23 succulents

17 Members

Cactus Advanced

1st Place:

Astrophytum myriostigma fm. quadricoststum

Pam Badger

"Clean and full. These quadricostatum times can be tough to grow as they are prone to splitting if pushed too hard. Well done!"

2nd Place:

Echinocereus richenbachii

Mike Burkhardt

"Gorgeous plant. It's time for a slightly bigger (and nicer) pot for this beauty."

3rd Place:

Turbinicarpus pseudomacrochele

Mike Burkhardt

"This must be quite an old plant given the species' diminutive size. I think I spot some cactus propagation "gold" hiding on the head/stem not in bloom."

Opuntia microdasys albata

Pam Badger

Cactus Intermediate

1st Place:

Echinocereus fendleri

Norb Roden

"Nice bloom(s), well staged."

2nd Place:

Thelocactus hexaedrophorus var. hexaedrophorus

Allen Clark

"Looks great with some of the longer spines extending past the pot. Some minor scarring on the old growth, but all in all a nicely grown specimen given it's relative size/age."

3rd Place:

Monvillea spegazzinii crest

Norb Roden

"Some of the darker blue tones in the pot's glaze really make the glaucus-teal of the cactus stand out nicely. I love this plant for its tendency to alternate between crested and reverted growth. A bit of sun or cold stress could add some nice purple hues to this plant."

Weingartia trollii

Allen Clark

Cactus Novice

1st Place:

Ferocactus wislizeni

Jodi Visosky

"The plant fills the pot nicely, and the blue pot really makes the red spines and flowers pop. A touch of top-dressing would go a long way in turning this into a perfect show plant."

1st Place:

Mammillaria parkinsonii

Ruth Contino

"Perfectly grown and large in its pot. The unglazed/matte red-on-red pot/top-dressing combo picks up the petal stripes on the flowers nicely while allowing the spines to glisten for textural contrast."

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2nd Place:

Astrophytum myriostigma

Karl Almryde

"It's not easy to get so many flowers popping open at once on an Astrophytum."

3rd Place:

Eriosyce senilis

Jodi Visosky

"The uniquely feathery, bi-color flowers make this plant a worthwhile addition to any well-rounded cactus collection."

Succulent Advanced

1st Place:

Sinningia leucotricha

Mike Nelson

"Stunning!"

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2ndPlace:

Gasteria rawlinsonii

Don Hunt

"Something tells me you have a lot of hummingbirds in your yard. I love the dark colors on this gasteria with the coral pink flowers for contrast."

3rd Place:

Pachypodium brevicaule

Pam Badger

"Nicely grown, however this is really two plants in one pot because it is grafted. Acceptable for brag table, as I was not given any strict judging rules, but it might be disqualified from shows unless entered in a category that explicitly allows grafted plants or more than two plants per pot."

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Conophytum fraternum

Mike Burkhardt

Euphorbia platyclada

Pam Badger

Euphorbia supressa hybrid

Mike Burkhardt

Succulent Intermediate

1st Place:

Euphorbia submammillaris var. pfersdorfii

Antonina Lansangan

"Nice and full - might be time to re-pot or propagate soon."

2ndPlace:

Sempervivum arachnoideum

Norb Roden

"While the choice of pot creates a neat cascade effect for the sempervivum, I think the bright Talavera colors ultimately distract from your plant’s full beauty."

3rdPlace:

Tylecodon hybrid 'Sunblush' '

Allen Clark

"Looks healthy, but this plant needs some time growing before it becomes truly show-worthy."

Succulent Novice

1st Place:

Euphorbia x japonica

Jared Petker

"Perfectly grown – just hydrated enough for a nice flush of leaves, lots of green stem growth despite corking on the old growth which is typical for this type of Euphorbia."

1st Place:

Agave victoriae-reginae

Regan Harvey

"Flawless, great plant:pot size ratio, nicely staged in a complimentary pot. I recommend removing the pups soon to let the central rosette grow bigger faster for best effect."

2ndPlace:

Euphorbia gottlebei

Ruth Contino

"This Euphorbia appears to be aspiring to become an Ocotillo. I prefer it leafless, as shown here. This one will only keep getting getting better with age as you get more of a peeling trunk/caudex."

2ndPlace:

Haworthia truncata hybrid

Patti Nelson

"Nice and chunky. The only thing that would make this plant more attractive is a touch of sun stress/bronze coloration."

2nd Place:

Haworthia truncata hybrid

Patti Nelson

"Nice and chunky. The only thing that would make this plant more attractive is a touch of sun stress/bronze coloration."

3rd Place:

Aloe castilloniae

Patti Nelson

"Well on it's way to becoming a show-stopper - just give it some time to finish filling out."

3rd Place:

Aeonium x loartei

Jodi Visosky

"Full and lush - well done! This is a plant that looks best not hard grown, as it can get spindly with typical succulent-culture "neglect"."

Aeonium canariense virgineum

Jodi Visosky

Dudleya pachyphytum

Lisa Rini

Echeveria 'Cubic Frost'

Regan Harvey

Euphorbia mammillaris

Joan Herskowitz

Euphorbia flanaganii (Medusa's Head)

Jared Petker

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Euphorbia sp. "Medusa"

Rudy Reyes

Kalanchoe tomentosa

Rudy Reyes

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Sansevieria ballyi

Joan Herskowitz

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Aeonium 'Sunbust' crested

Lila Wagar

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If you find any error, please contact membership@sdcss.net to correct.

Thank you all for the beautiful specimens!