Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
I searched high and low and finally came upon a nice specimen. As you can see when the plant gets sufficient light the tips become red.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Remember how easy these are to propagate using leaf cuttings. Let the leaf sit in the sun for a couple days until it forms a callous and then plant in soil. Make sure the soil is fifty percent gravel or perlite. It needs to be able to drain easily and water when dry. It's that easy.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
This plant is Euphobia Lactea Crest and as you can see it has been grafted onto another Ephobia. In the wild the crest is rare but with breeding and propagation techniques they are easily found. The Euphobia Lactea Crest is grafted onto the Ephobia to speed up it's growth. I've been told they do this in Thailand.
I'm not really into Cacti. Repeat after me, All cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti. I have some and enjoy them but there are endless varieties of succulents to discover. The Coral Cactus, though, is a beauty and I'm looking forward to seeing it flower.
I originally posted this pic on other site and realized it made it look larger than it really is so I took another picture with a yardstick to show how large it really is.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata is a beautiful little plant.
I wrote about this plants cousin, anacampseros rufescens a not too long ago HERE .
This is a much smaller succulent but given sunshine it is truly beautiful in its' pinks. I didn't get this too long ago and already it's responding well.
Small white hairs grow out from it's stem. This one hasn't flowered yet but from what I've read I can expect a small magenta flower.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I've never been a big cactus person. I love succulents but cacti in general never really excited me.
It' important to remember, All cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti.A while back I saw this cactus and fell in love with it. It is so ugly that it's beautiful I believe it is Cereus peruvianus f. monstrosus, from South America.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
The Ghost Plant is native to Mexico and is also known as the Mother of Pearl Plant.
The plant has gray rosettes with a purplish undertone. It's a member of the crassulaceae family that includes the popular Jade Plant.
This plant is incredibly hardy and wants to be left alone. If handled too much the leaves will drop off. This isn't that bad of a thing as the leaves are easily propagated by just laying them on damp potting soil and you'll have a new Ghost Plant in no time.
I've been expecting it to bloom this summer with small white flowers. I'm still waiting.
Friday, August 22, 2008
I'll be coming back to this plant later, it's a beauty.
Jades have rich green leaves and are great for creating an indoor bonzai. I got mine from a friend whose plant is over four feet tall. Her crassula has flowered beautifully with white star like flowers.
Jades are incredibly easy to propagate. Just take a leaf off, let it dry, and then plant in damp soil. It won't be long before it will root.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I have a friend in San Diego who grows this in his rock garden but obviously it wouldn't survive Ohio's harsh winters. My friend thought that it was a kind of lithops but it isn't. Lithops are odd plants that grow buried up their tops but Split Rock sits on top. Plus Split Rock will have multiple flowers.
The main problem with this plant is it demands so little attention. I've read where in a European environment a mature plant can go an entire year without being watered. I water mine lightly and infrequently and so far it is doing quite well. I'm hoping for flowers before too long.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
In the wild the plant is covered with sand and only the leaf tips are visible. This is another plant that is easy to grow as long as you don't overwater it. Baby Toes produce large yellow flowers on long stems.
After having the plant for a few months I was surprised in the middle of summer with three flowers. They are reminiscent of daisies but very shiny.
Baby Toes should be a part of every succulent collection.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
This blog will show pictures of the succulents I have and I'll talk about growing succulents from seeds and cuttings.