Succulent gardening for beginners~
An exciting & rewarding time with nature
Become a Succulent Collector
As a beginner I suggest you ...
Look through my catalogue, New Items and Sale Plants pages. For variety, choose plants from different families to begin your collection. Go
to your local library and read about propagating. After getting your plants at home, cut off a stem or a kalanchoe leaf or divide a plant. Place them in loose, moist soil and wait for them to root. Don't water for a week or so and then water gently. The moment I saw a plant start from a kalanchoe leave, I was hooked. You will be too.
Crassula are easy to grow. Bring them inside when it's cold; like most succulents, they are not frost tolerant.
Euphorbias are also easy to grow and encompass many textures, colors and forms. Once again, they are not frost tolerant. The plant in this photo is Euphorbia fire sticks.
Mesembs are an interesting lot. They are strangely shaped yet have beautiful flowers. Mesembs don't require a lot of
water and are okay with light shade or light sun.
Cactaceae: You'll see large cactus in photos of my own garden.
They have wonderful and unusual flowers. The large succulents and cactus are
available for local pickup only.
Aeoniums are winter growers with many varieties having huge yellow
flowers in spring, They are not frost tolerant. When my aeoniums were
frost bitten, I cut off the damaged tops and in spring they branched out
and became fuller plants. So don't give up on your plants too quickly.
Kalanchoe like euphorbias have many different textures and colors.
Kalanchoe luciae (aka) flapjacks become a deep reddish orange color when exposed to full sunlight.
They are winter growers and bloom in fall.
Aloes: The most common Aloe is Aloe barbadensis better known as Aloe vera.
Because aloes are semitropical they don't endure frost like temperatures.
Plant in full sun to light shade in well drained soil area. You can grow aloes
indoors if the area is well lighted or a sunny window. Grow them indoors in
winter and put them outside in summer. My mature aloes have produced
flowers in the form of a tall branch with peach flowers. Hummingbirds love
aloe nectar and I love having the humming birds around.
Echeverias are spring/summer growers and are dormant in winter.
In summer I water weekly and in winter once every 2-3 weeks. There are
some very exciting Echeverias in purples and magentas, lavenders and blues.
My Favorites from some of the plant family/species
Crassula ~ crassula morgan's beauty ~ Crassula Tetragona, Crassula campfire
Euphorbias ~ Euphorbia fire sticks ~ Euphorbia trigona, Euphorbia obesa
Mesembs ~ Fenestraria ~ baby toes, lithops~living stone
Cactacea ~ Echinocereus rubispinus
Aeoniums ~ Aeonium canariense, Aeonium sunburst crested
Kalanchoes ~ Kalanchoe beharensis, aff marmorata, Kalanchoe luciae
Aloes ~ Aloe Plicatilis, Aloe striata, Aloe vera
Echeverias ~ Dondo, Wavy Curls, Afterglow
Agavaceae ~ Agave Americana blue, Yucca
Lamiaceae family ~ Plectranthus ernestii