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Should You Let Your Flapjack Plants Bloom?

– Posted in: Succulents
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You're probably aware of flapjack plant (Kalanchoe luciae), a succulent that's popular because of the color of its leaves. (Shown above at Waterwise Botanicals nursery, perfectly timed for Valentine's Day.) Like other succulents with overlapping leaves along a single stem, when Kalanchoe luciae blooms, the entire plant elongates. This is how those in my window box looked in [...]

Hearts in the Garden

– Posted in: Garden Adventures
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Have you noticed your garden has been sending you Valentines? Once you start looking for heart shapes, you'll see them everywhere. In addition to the flapjack plant (Kalanchoe luciae) above, here are a few Valentines from my garden (and others) to yours. Anthuriums have bright, heart-shaped bracts and green, heart-shaped leaves. The taro plant (colocasia), from Polynesia, likes [...]