succulents

Should You Let Your Flapjack Plants Bloom?

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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. 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 March of last year. I didn't want the window box [...]

Oh No, My Succulents Froze!

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Can succulents recover from a hard frost? It depends. Let's look at a southern California nursery's display garden before nighttime temperatures dropped into the mid-20s F: Here's the same Euphorbia ammak 'Variegata, after the frost: Likelihood of recovery: Nil. Too much of the tissue was damaged. But what about the Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' behind it? It's hope of recovery [...]

Succulent Gift Bouquet in Colored Sand

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For a great hostess gift, arrange a bouquet of succulent rosettes in a glass container filled with layers of colored sand. Despite no roots, soil or water, cuttings wired onto faux stems and wrapped with floral tape last for months, living on the moisture in their leaves. The sand lends color, style and interest, and serves as ballast so top-heavy rosettes don’t [...]

How to Make a Succulent Centerpiece

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To create the composition shown here, the designer chose a white-painted wooden urn 12 inches in diameter and 8 inches tall, with a basin 3 inches deep. Plants include ‘Sunburst’ aeonium, Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’, burro tail sedum, assorted blue echeverias, lithops (living stones), and Seneco radicans (fish hooks). Cut a circle from heavy mil plastic (such as a [...]

Muertos that Garden? ¡Claro!

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I love the culture of Latin America, especially Dia de los Muertos (All Saints Day, Nov. 1). It's a celebration of loved ones who have passed away and who, one day a year, return to be honored and fondly remembered. Depictions of los muertos show them happily doing things they enjoyed in life, and are a charming, highly collectible folk [...]