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Plant Sales

 This page features rare species and cultivars that will occasionally be available (continental USA only) at sascactus.com. There are two groups of offerings:

 

1. Superior adenium cultivars that perform well in hot summer/cool winter desert and semiarid climates; most were bred in Tucson, Arizona. The list includes cuttings and grafts of my own best hybrids as well as some created by others that I think are special. Some are clones of outstanding wild-collected plants, and a few that have historical value. The propagules offered range from small cuttings and grafts up to larger groomed specimens.

Most of the adeniums I will offer are from my exclusive breeding line. Almost all commercially available adeniums are A. "obesum" and its hybrids (primarily with crispum). Most are bred for small size to fit into limited living spaces. They have been bred in tropical climates and are not necessarily cold-tolerant. The very popular double-flowered cultivars have been over-selected for flower characteristics, and their stems are usually not strong enough to hold them upright. I have very different goals:

Since 1999 my primary focus has been on plants that can grow large, even to landscape-size. (But they can be kept smaller with hard culture and pruning.) They're tetraploid (4n) hybrids of A. "arabicum" with A. "obesum" and often A. crispum too. Tetraploid plants tend to be more compact, with sturdier stems and thicker leaves, more tolerant of environmental stresses, and more disease resistant.  I also select for plant quality - big caudexes and disease resistance, in addition to flowers that are well-shaped, numerous (high flower count per inflorescence), and bloom most or all of the year. These 4n cultivars grow well on their own roots; no grafting is needed. 

 

2. I will offer other outstanding species and hybrids that are rarely available. See a partial listing below.

 

Contact Brian to be notified by email when plants become available at sascactus.

Adeniums

Click on the adenium name to see cultivar details. Click on the Buy Now button (if present) to go to the sales site and shopping cart.
Expected availability summer 2024
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Available  spring 2024
Other sales

Other Plants

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Billbergia stenopetala
Probably the largest species of Billbergia; it can grow to over 4 feet tall before producing its spectacular multicolored inflorescence. The rosette is more narrowly tubular when grown in brighter light.
Tillandsia ehlersiana
Near flowering size plants available in 2024. This beautiful species grows slowly. It takes 6 to 10 years to flower from seed, and 3 to 5 years for an offset to mature. It grows largest if potted in crushed rocks and fertilized generously. The plant shown is in an 8-inch pot.
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Strophocactus (Selenicereus) wittii
The moon cactus made famous by artist Margaret Mee. It grows on tree branches overhanging the Amazon River. Its cladodes (stems) wrap around the branches like a coiling snake. Cold hardiness untested.
Tillandsia duratii saxatilis
'Chaco Flaco'
This selected clone from the Chaco region of Paraguay has long, narrow rosettes and huge inflorescences. It's slow-growing so rarely offered for sale.
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Tillandsia duratii
'Chaco Giant'
Another selected clone from the Chaco of Paraguay. It has the largest, most succulent rosettes that I have seen in this species. The inflorescences are sparsely branched. This cultivar has never been offered for sale.
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Tillandsia 'Twisted Reality'
Description
This is a hybrid of Tillandsia (bulbosa x streptophylla) x 'Gorgon'. It has the best of its parents: a bulbous base and twisted leaves. An equally distorted small red inflorescence appears when the rosette is mature. With time it will grow into a tangled ball. 
Tillandsia 'Curly Slim'
My hybrid of Tillandsia streptophylla x intermedia. Rosettes tend to be long and narrow with soft,  twisted leaves. The shape varies greatly with culture. If grown dry in high light, rosettes will be compact with tightly twisted leaves. With less light and more water, rosettes grow more elongated and the leaves are less twisted. To produce the most charismatic specimen, grow it with generous water and fertilizer until it begins to flower, then let it dry out and watch the leaves twist and coil.
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Commiphora monstruosa
A slow-growing natural bonsai with twisted stems and peeling bark. This 13-year-old plant has been pruned but not trained.
Rooted cuttings available 2025
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Opuntia alta 'Fruit Punch'
An extremely vigorous plant that can attain six feet tall and twice as wide in less than 10 years. Unlike most prickly pears, this clone grows pads throughout the summer.
It flowers massively in April-May; each terminal pad can produce more than 20 buds that open into big purplish-red blooms. More flowers appear sporadically through summer.
Culture: Native to south Texas, so it needs more water than most desert prickly pears. Hardy to at least 12 F.

 

Origin: Opuntia alta is a hexaploid (6n) species that originated as a natural hybrid between O. engelmannii lindheimeri and O. stricta. In 1999 Tom Wiewandt gave Mark Dimmitt a pad of a plant he collected near McAllen, Texas. It was the most colorful prickly pear he saw there, with reddish-purple flowers. Mark Dimmitt grew about 100 seedlings from this plant, and selected this clone as the best of them.
Note: This is different from the Colorado plant of the same name.  It's also different from 'Citrus Punch'.

 

Available summer 2023 as large unrooted pads
Opuntia 'Tucson Ruby'
The plant looks like an Engelmann prickly pear when not in flower. Modest size; grows to 2 feet tall and four feet across in several years.
Flowers in April-May. The color varies with the weather from blood-red orange; both colors may be present at the same time.
Culture: Needs no supplemental water in Tucson (10-12 inches annual rainfall). Hardy to at least 12 F,
Note: This plant volunteered on Mark Dimmitt's property. An Engelmann prickly pear apparently crossed with one of the red-flowered plants in his ya
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Available summer 2023 as unrooted pads
Right 2: The flowers of 'Tucson Ruby' vary with the weather, blooming darker on cooler days (< 90-95 F).
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Sansevieria stuckyi
giant form
The colony shown is 8 years in the ground and the tallest leaves exceed six feet.  They reportedly can grow even taller. This clone was collected by Jim McConville (#165) in Botswana, USDA #19459, HBG #50502.
Available summer 2023
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