Contest 62 : Your oldest cactus or succulent

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Contest 62 : Your oldest cactus or succulent

Post by Jens » Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:52 pm

January 2012-Your oldest cactus or succulent
You sure will have had a picture taken of the ancient one during all those years...
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for submissions will be Wednesday, January 18th at 12 o´clock midnight Central Standart Time

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Post by cactushobbyman » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:42 am

I got this cactus around 1980. The best I can remember 3.5" pot. She has been at her current home since 1995.


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Post by Tony » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:45 pm

Brought it home when it was only a single head, about 3" wide in the spring of 2003 when the madness started for me. :happy7:
It thrived in the ground up until last spring when an agave offset threatened to rip it apart.
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It is now in a pot and will probably spend the rest of its life going to shows. :)
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Post by daiv » Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:11 pm

Here is the Oldest - in terms of having it the longest....

Got these from a friend and planted them in the field roughly 20 years ago. I almost put up a flower pic, but I thought this pic gives a better feel for the actual plant.


(If I had to post the Oldest in terms of since the original seed germinated. It would probably be my S. x buckleyi. While mine is just a small cutting, the seed it came from is probably 100 years old or more.)
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Post by iann » Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:29 pm

This is probably my oldest plant. Certainly it is far older than the 10 years I've had it.

Ariocarpus furfuraceus

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Post by gemhunter178 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:37 am

Alright,I am doing what daiv said:here is my oldest cactus:Image
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Post by Preston Sands » Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:16 am


I found this Ferocactus cylindraceus uprooted and shriveled along a hiking trail near Tucson in 1996, and took it home with me.
It was golf-ball sized then; now it is 12 inches tall. It flowered for the first time two years ago. They grow up so fast! :P

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Post by Arjen » Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:42 am

when I bought this one it was already 50 years old, that was 2 years ago.

cumulopuntia boliviana

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Post by CactusJordi » Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:01 pm

Echinocactus polycephalus ssp. xeranthemoides, born in Hamburg, Germany, hence ~ 30 years old. oldImage


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Post by ata1515 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:34 pm

I got my first 5 cacti at the same time, and this one is my favorite, though I've had for about 6 months, and it can't be too much older then that, haha!


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Post by *Barracuda_52* » Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:48 pm

8) Not a cactus but is just one of my many oldest plants.
True "Miniture Pink Starlight" Cryptanthus over 18 yrs old. Its gets EXTREME hot pink when grown in strong light.


This plants pups have been sent to many folks over the years and she has NEVER bloomed.
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Post by Peterthecactusguy » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:37 pm

This is my oldest cactus. It came with the property when me and my ex wife moved in circa 2004.


As you can see it's an old Saguaro. Generally they say they get their first arms at around 80 years old. This one has an small arm on one of its arms.
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