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Fastest growing succulent plants?

Discussion in 'Tortoise Diet and Food' started by RTfanatic, May 5, 2013.

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  1. RTfanatic

    RTfanatic Member

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    Does anyone have any ideas what the fastest growing succulent plants might be? My torts love succulents of various types, and I have a couple of different types of sedums, but they're certainly not very fast growing.

    Has anyone come across an extremely fast growing type of succulent?
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    I don't know if this counts, but I have a climbing aloe plant that grows pretty fast. My tortoise hasn't really discovered it yet, but I think it's a succulent plant if it gets big enough
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    How fast is fast? I'm growing livingstone daisies which, to me, gets big fairly quick. And yes, I have Voodoo sedum growing at the same time and it's a pretty slow growing plant.
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    Spineless opuntia cactus pads grow like weeds. Seriously. Red apple grows great in hot dry areas, ice plant and jade plant do well in some what cooler areas and near the coast. All of these are pretty fast growers.
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    Yep, my opuntia cactus grows rather well and I just rooted a few more pads to grow more. I have trouble keeping ice plants growing well in our climate (College Station, which is kind of in the transition zone between central and east Texas). In general sedum's and other succulents grow well here, but not what I'd call fast. I haven't figured out a good way to rotate plants in and out of the tortoise pens, but what I'm trying now is to find plants that I can plant in large pots and let it grow and overflow the pot and let the tortoises eat the ends. Some are low enough that that torts can climb up and almost but not quite get into the pot, but having plants that re-grow fast enough to serve as a recurring food source to supplement and diversify the torts' diet is a challenge.

    Anyway, any other ideas on fast growing plants would be helpful.
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    Here is a pic of a sedum that grows at a pretty good rate, it is easy to propagate new plants from stem cuttings or a single leaf. It does die back during winter where I live,but starts sprouting new growth early in spring,
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    Wow Len are those yours? Quite a clump of cactus in the background.
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    Red apple will fit your bill very well. Grows well in pots and it will spill out over the sides where they can reach it.
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    Yes they are, I'm going to divide these to make new plants, they are the russians favorite. The cactus in the background are the ones that bloom yellow and turn deep orange as the day goes on, took the pic today.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer Staff Member

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    Do you know the name of that plant? I thought it was kalanchoe, not sedum.
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    Tom, Do you have a picture of "red apple" or a more specific name? I need to get some more plants for my Russian's outdoor space. Thanks!
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    Yes, it is sedum telephium
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    Hmm, I've got some of the "Red Apple", but I've never seen signs that either the Russians or Leopards munch on it. Maybe I need to look more carefully for less obvious signs. They certainly don't mow it down to the stub like they do most other succulent plants they really like.
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    Where can I find this plant that has the root still intact so I can grow it?

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    Nothing grows fast enough for Joe. He can eat a large succulent in under an hour... I made that mistake at the garden centre :(
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