succulent plants

Succulents That Like Stress

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Stress, Aloe dorothaea (sc)

If there's a good thing about our too-hot Southern California summers, it's that heat makes certain succulents turn color. A case in point is Aloe nobilis, which in my garden grows in nutrient-poor decomposed granite with minimal water. In winter, the same plant reverts to green. Such "stressed" succulents---which seal moisture in their leaves as [...]

Six Sux for my Show-and-Tell

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Echeveria agavoides 'Lipstick'

  Spring starts for me this year at the Fallbrook Garden Club in north San Diego County on Feb. 24. Guests are welcome, and all attendees will receive a gift plant courtesy of nearby Serra Gardens Nursery. I'll show photos of beautifully designed gardens and do a show-and-tell of outstanding succulents from Serra.  Among them are: Echeveria agavoides 'Lipstick'. Shown close-up [...]

Fall Succulent Must-Do’s

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Overwintering succulents

The secret to caring for any plant is to understand its native habitat and to try to replicate that as much as possible in your garden, greenhouse or home environment. Succulents by and large come from warm, dry regions with low humidity and minimal rainfall, and the majority can't handle freezing temperatures. After all, these are [...]

Vase Envy

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Do you remember the first time you were enchanted by cut flowers in a vase? Although each element was lovely on its own, combined they were amazing. My mother filled jars with nasturtiums, which grew in sunny patches in the avocado orchard. Unfortunately, they last only two days before they start to look tired. Aren't we always looking for flowers with [...]