Month: September 2016

Seedlings & Propagations (September Succulent Sweep #039 – #062)

Today’s post is a collection of plants in the “nursery” – the oldest of my leaf propagations or attempts to start succulents from seed.  Most of these were single leaves (unless noted as seedlings) when started, most of them started sometime around February (meaning they are at about six months).  Some of them (like the Pachyveria Blue Jewel) didn’t start actively rooting or growing for the first 2+ months).  Patience, as it turns out, is a virtue. (more…)

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Starting Haworthias from Seed

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So I volunteered to be a plant foster parent over the winter.  One of my coworkers (after seeing pictures I shared online of some great Haworthia maughanii) ordered some seeds online and was asking about starting them; after I started describing the steps I use, we realized that without a setup with lights for winter, the best option was a windowsill (Which would likely be a bit too chilly and drafty with shortened winter daylight hours) – and I volunteered to try starting a tray of half the seeds over the winter to get a jump start on these very slow growers.  She didn’t have to twist my arm too hard.  I’m far from an expert, but I still had some seed mix left over from the seeds I started in July, two pans, and one spot in my seed starting tray that would fit a pan.

While I’m not an expert, I do a lot of reading – and have had some advice from folks who’ve supplied with some seeds to try while I’m waiting for a chance to try breeding my own hybrids – so here’s my approach. (more…)

Echevarias Galore (September Succulent Sweep #026-#038)

I don’t historically have good luck with echevarias. If I have a plant die on me, it’s probably an echeveria. They’re relativly common, though, mostly because they seem to grow at a pretty fast rate compared to other succulents, and they’re relatively easy to propagate. I’ve made a switch from trying to grow them in gritty mixes (I save that for haworthias and other things in the aloe family, mostly) to a peat based mix with extra perlite, and mostly I’ve switched to using square plastic pots similar to 4″ nursery pots with extra drainage holes… and that seems to be doing a bit better for me.

My ridiculously frilly echeveria “Neon Breakers”. (more…)

Things That Aren’t Haworthias! (September Succulent Sweep #018 -#025)

Yes, I mainly collect Haworthias, but I do sometimes splurge on some other random oddball things if they are odd or peculiar enough to catch my attention.  A lot of these are colorfully named plants that have common names shared with various animals.  I don’t know why there’s a tendency to do that, but it’s amusing.

Jade Plant - Variegated
Everyone needs a good jade – why not get a variegated one?

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Haworthia ‘Grey Ghost’ & Cooperi Truncata (September Succulent Sweept #016-#017)

I’ve been trying to condense my September Succulent Sweep posts because one a day would take forever, but this one might be shorter because it’s been late, I’ve been staring at code for hours, and I need to look at something else before bed so my brain doesn’t fixate on the stress of debugging.   I also am behind on drafting posts ahead of time and scheduling for updating — which I just recently learned how to do and has made it a bit easier to make posts actually happen.

That being said – here’s my haworthia “Grey Ghost”.  It’s very hard to find agreement on which variety of haworthia this actually is, it’s a more common cultivation of a variegated haworthia.

Haworthia Grey Ghost

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Haworthia Maughanii & Viscosa (September Succulent Sweep #006-#010)

This haworthia maughanii was a splurge in late spring. I never really documented it’s state when I acquired it, which is sad… because shortly after boasting about how proud I was of it as it’s one of the “Rarer” things in my collection, it took a fast turn for the worse. I might have done damage by being overcautious – I planted it in pure grit and watered ever so sparingly, and I think the roots actually dessicated and died back from being too dry too long. Fortunately, that’s a defense mechanism for drought in nature and they can recover somewhat easily. This one is looking better than it was, but not as good as it did. 🙂

Let’s flash back to these other Haworthias I acquired from Arid Lands back in late March… (more…)