To B (X) or not to B (X) ?

Jim McKenney
Sat, 18 Oct 2008 12:26:49 PDT
Frost is predicted for Montgomery County, Maryland tonight. I suspect that
only rural areas in the northern and western parts of the county will have
frost, but since I don’t want to take a chance of frost burn on certain
plants, I’ve spent some time today either moving the plants under the roof
overhand or bringing them in for the season. Among the ones which come in
are the cactuses and succulents. Among these is a Euphorbia I’ve had for so
long I forget exactly when I got it – maybe thirty years ago. Of the umpteen
zillion euphorbias, about half of which are succulents, guess which one is
the only one I grow? Yes, it’s Euphorbia decaryi. 

I obtained this as a give-away at a meeting of the local cactus and
succulent society those many years ago. It must be a very tough plant,
because I have rare skills when it comes to killing house plants. It sits on
a window sill all winter; sometime in April it goes outside for the summer.
During the summer it is exposed to all the local rain. During the winter I
completely ignore it and it gets no water. It thrives on this treatment. 

So if you are looking for something unusual and easy to grow, nudge Dell and
Jim to put some on the next BX.

Jim, what’s the joke about the sex of the one shown on the link you gave (or
for that matter the one you grow)? If it’s a clone, then it is either male
or female, isn’t it? 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone
7, where I'm anticipating a very nice show from the combination of Nerine
sarniensis and Ceratostigma griffithii. 
My Virtual Maryland Garden
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