Category: succulents

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peperomia dolabriformis

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b. delagoense setting blooms!

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spanish dagger blooms

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The succulent hardiness experiment continues! We had two nights that were around 20 degrees and these graptos did great.

According to some sources they’re hardy to my zone (7b). It helps that I’m near the coast, which has its own microclimate that keeps things warmer in winter. I think the only thing I’ll have to worry about is rain….

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Kalanchoe/bryophyllum: the herpes of succulents

echeveria subsessilis

echeveria subsessilis

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If Lola really wants to bloom in November, i’m okay with that!👌🏽

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– graptopetalum rusbyi –

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A lesson in soil compaction / why sand isn’t a good substrate for potted succulents.

I was running low on pumice so I mixed this with some old bagged cactus & succulent mix. WELP – most of the commercial mix went straight to the bottom and compacted into a wet mass!

Most sand is too fine to use as a potting medium. It will quickly clog up any air pockets or gaps (which are important for roots to breathe). And as you can see here, the roots that reached the sand at the bottom are covered in algae – the small particles retained too much water.

But look at that top half!! Healthy, white roots and plenty of space between soil particles for air and drainage. Pumice and bark fines are where IT’S AT.

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echeveria pulidonis || spring vs. fall