November 2020: Virtual Brag Table Results

 

Special Thanks:

For showing your beautiful specimens

Mark Fryer as digital plant arbiter

48 specimens - 20 cactus & 28 succulents

23 members - 12 novices, 8 imtermediates & 3 advanced

 

Cactus Novice

1st Place:

Echinopsis Johnson’s ‘Paramount’ hybrid

Shouqin Hou

“This is highly likely an old Johnson's Paramount" hybrid, an Echinopsis x Lobivia hybrid that has good vigor, incredible flowers, and the potential to be a show-stopper. That being said, this specimen has evidence of mealy bug and needs to be restaged (again higher in the pot, perhaps a smaller pot or simply wait a few more years) to be very competitive. Clean up the dead stems around the base and treat for bugs. A little-pot bound and this plant will bloom even stronger next year!”    -Mark

1st Place:

Ariocarpus retusus v. confusus

Mike Burkhardt

“Expertly staged and while not in flower (yet), this plant appears to be very healthy and clean, just nothing wrong with it at all!”    -Mark

2nd Place:

Ariocarpus fissuratus hybrid

Mike Burkhardt

“Well grown, it would be nice to see a flower to see if there's evidence of whatever cross it is supposed to be.”    -Mark

2nd Place:

Parodia chrysacanthion

Diana McNeill

“This is actually a fairly tricky taxon to grow well, and the grower is obviously paying attention by cultivating it on a the "hard" side, little water, no root disturbance, no feeding. This taxon is susceptible to a fungus - Helminthosporium cactivorum, which can take out a plant overnight if it's overwatered, isn't getting enough heat or sun, and a hundred other factors. And here it is in flower! Kudos!”    -Mark

3rd Place:

Oreocereus celsianus

Patti Nelson

“A bit small for the pot, but it will fill out in a few years.”    -Mark

Cactus Intermediate

1st Place:

Copiapoa montana

Allen Clark

“Based on Ritter's collection #522, this plant is spot on, and the grower has it staged appropriately for the next several years, well done!”    -Mark

1st Place:

Mammillaria bocasana cv.’Fred’

Wendy Goldman

“Perfectly staged, this isn't that easy of a plant to cultivate! Kudos!!”    -Mark

2nd Place:

Opuntia microdasys v. pallida cristatus

Jennifer Harris

“Hard to keep these this clean in the time I'm assuming it's been in that pot!”    -Mark

2nd Place:

Cephalocereus senilis

May Fong Ho

“Cephalocereus senilis is due honorable mention as it is well-staged and appears to have good growth going on!” -Mark

3rd Place:

Mammillaria plumosa

Norb Roden

“These plants rarely root deeper than 2 inches, so you must be extremely careful about watering in a deep pot like that!”    -Mark

3rd Place:

Mammillaria nejapensis

Norb Roden

“Mammillaria nejapensis (SS); nicely grown but overpotted.”    -Mark

Ariocarpus fissuratus

Dee Morgan

Thelocactus hexaedrophorus

Allen Clark

Mammillaria hahniana

Antonina Lansangan

Tephrocactus articulatus

Jennifer Harris

Echidnopsis fruntnesii crested

Wendy Goldman

“Should be in the succulent category; this is an Asclepiad from south africa, not a cactus!”    -Mark

Cactus Advanced

1st Place:

Ferocactus glaucescens inermis

Michael Nelson

“Could use a little richer culture to really bring out the character of this polemic form, I suspect the massive offsetting this clone does has a tendency to leave the plant somewhat desiccated looking. One of those taxon that does a little better in the ground than in a pot here in southern California!”    -Mark

2nd Place:

Mammillaria spinosissima

Don Hunt

“Probably not the best choice for inverted hanging pots, as it's cousin M.pilcayensis actually hangs off cliffs in habitat and has been used in this manner for decades. I admire the effort in culturing it this way. This isn't one of Menzel's old plants is it? Looks familiar!” -Mark

3rd Place:

Astrophytum ornatum

Pam Badger

“Good, but let's clean up the cobwebs and see some buds or flowers, as this plant should be in all-out majestic beauty right now. Still, very nice, and appropriately potted.”    -Mark

Tephrocactus articulatus

Pam Badger

Succulent Novice

1st Place:

Aloe hybrid

Patti Nelson

“Staging, staging, staging! From the size of the plant and how it's positioned to the detail of the top-dressing and color of the pot, this plant is destined for greatness!”    -Mark

1st Place:

Lithops lesliei v. venteri maraisii

Mike Burkhardt

“In spite of this not being v burchellii (Likely simply L. leslei v. leslei — L. leslei v. burchellii is graygreen, with nondescript edge on the leaf edge), plant is in flower and beautifully staged.”    -Mark

2nd Place:

Euphorbia decaryi v. spirosticha

Jared Petker

“A plant that requires balance in everything to remain this clean and dark. While it's a little small for the pot, if the grower continues the same regimen they're using now, in a couple years this plant will be outstanding!”    -Mark

2nd Place:

Euphorbia squarrosa

Diana McNeill

“Don't be shy about exposing that fat root!!”    -Mark

3rd Place:

Stapelia gigantea

Ruth Contino

“While the plant could be in better shape, the flowers are amazing! Kudos!”    -Mark

3rd Place:

Dorstenia gigas

Der-shing Helmer

“This plant will fill this pot in no time! As of showing it is still a bit small for the pot.“    -Mark

Huernia zebrina

Whitney Meier

Euphorbia suppressa hybrid

Mike Burkhardt

Euphorbia capsaintemariensis

Jared Petker

Ficus microcarpa

Joan Herskowitz

Mestoklema tuberosum

Joan Herskowitz

Euphorbia submammillaris

Diana McNeill

Stapelia gigantea

Pat Bryan

Stapelia asterias v. lucida

Whitney Meier

Bromeliad sp.

Marcy Singer

“Bromeliads, while wonderful plants, aren't succulent in any way, shape, mean, or form, and must be disqualified.”    -Mark

Succulent Intermediate 

1st Place:

1st: Crassula cv. ‘Buddha’s Temple’

May Fong Ho

“Well-grown and more along the lines of what we want to see in terms of staging.”    -Mark

1st Place:

Kalanchoe luciae cv. ‘Fantastic’

Jennifer Harris

“Such an easy plant to mess up! Strictly winter growing, and/all environmental influences can damage this beauty, the grower here has done an excellent job at not overwatering or exposing this plant to pests, harsh environmental conditions, or anything else that will mar it for life.”    -Mark

2nd Place:

Agave lophantha quadricolor

Jennifer Harris

“Neat plant, stolons like mad so it needs to be staged high in the pot!”    -Mark

2nd Place:

Euphorbia poissonii variegata

Melanie Howe

“Nicely staged and grown, appropriate size for the pot it's in.”    -Mark

3rd Place:

Adromischus cristatus

Allen Clark

“True cristatus like this is uncommon in collections, so it's nice to see one like this. “    -Mark

3rd Place:

Adromischus marianiae bolusianus

Allen Clark

“A little small for the pot, but very healthy looking.”    -Mark

Crassula rupestris ’Tom Thumb’

Antonina Lansangan

Succulent Advanced

1st Place:

Aloe pearsonii

Don Hunt

“Perfectly staged, grown a little lush but aside from missing the deep red the plants will develop in the ground and in habitat, perfectly fine. I suspect there's some watering issues based on numerous dried leaf-tips, but again, a plant of that size has some age to it and this is to be expected in cultivation.”    -Mark

2nd Place:

Euphorbia millotii

Pam Badger

“This Madagascaran native can be grown like a tropical houseplant, but don't! They lose so much of their character, and this plant has been expertly staged and grown a little hard to bring out the best features of it when not in flower. Since most Euphorbias aren't really grown for their flowers, E. millotii has pretty big cyathia, this sort of growing and staging will really bring that out when the plant flowers!”    -Mark

3rd Place:

Euphorbia cylindrifolia v. tuberifera

Pam Badger

“First off, this isn't a decaryi at all, this is Euphorbia cylindrifolia v. tuberifera, and it develops a huge caudiciform base over time. Excellent staging, growth, etc, sadly the center is devoid of any foliage, but in time this won't matter at all.”

-Mark

Euphorbia lactea ’White Ghost’

Michael Nelson

Euphorbia mammillaria 'Monstrose’

Michael Nelson

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Thank you all for the beautiful specimens!

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