I’ve had my fair share of heartbreaks due to succulents so I say all of this with love and with the hope that it helps you avoid the same mistakes and upsets.Continue reading “Succulents: Straight Talk”
I get a bit panicky when I see people tossing out general advice that works for their succulents but could be harmful to others’ in a different location, and I hope this information will help teach everyone how important it is to factor climates into these conversations.Continue reading “How climate controls your succulents’ soil needs”
I’m excited to announce a new feature for members of the online version of The Succulent Manual and I hope you’ll join!
The VIP level includes online access to The Succulent Manual plus the Sucs for You VIP Club’s Facebook group, or if you prefer, a monthly email Q&A session with the author, Andrea Afra.
I recently created a private group on Facebook, the ‘Sucs for You VIP Club.’ The purpose of the group is to offer a place for our members to receive precise and personalized advice about their succulents, and the majority of the time it will be directly from myself. I have a great team of knowledgeable moderators on board to help as well, and I will review each post to make sure you are getting the right guidance.Continue reading “Sucs for You VIP Club!”
You may surprised to see Lithops and Faucarias among the list of easy succulents to grow from seeds. Along with Adenium obesum ‘Desert Rose,’ Aloe maculata, Anacampseros rufescens, Dioscorea elephantipes, Epiphylllum, Haworthia, and Barrel cacti, you’ll learn about how long it takes them to germinate and see how they grow over the months and years!Continue reading “Easiest succulents to grow from seed – a progress video”
You’ve probably had the question, ‘Why do my leaf propagations have new plants but no roots, or a ton of roots but no new growth?’
Read on to learn why this can happen!
Great. Another pest to worry about… Thrips. So small, they’re hard to detect without a microscope. Luckily my husband got me one as a birthday gift I highly recommend you get one too!Continue reading “Succulent Pests: Thrips and how I treated them (includes micro views)”
It’s been nearly 3 months since my first/last Stay Home blog post and so much has happened in the world since then, I would be remiss not to write about it.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was brutally murdered by Minneapolis police. I had a really difficult time watching the full video however I knew it was my job and everyone else’s to not only witness his death, but to raise my voice and take any actions within my power to amplify the demand for justice for George Floyd and the other innocent Black lives cruelly taken by law enforcement officers, and racist civilians, all who seem to think they would get away with televised homicide simply because their victims were Black.Continue reading “SFY Stay Home blog: #2 Black Lives Matter”
Here’s a little visual guide to caring for Pleiospilos nelii ‘Split Rock’ (NOT a Lithops!) It’s potted in a mix of about 30% topsoil and the rest is a combo of Turface, pumice, and expanded shale, and it’s top dressed with pumice.Continue reading “A quick visual guide to watering Pleiospilos nelii ‘Split Rock’”
I know Begonias aren’t succulents but there are many varieties that enjoy similar care, propagate like champions, and don’t require as much light as succulents, and we’ll take all the plants we can get, right?Continue reading “Propagating Begonia erythrophylla ‘Beefsteak’”
Five days ago (Tuesday, March 17 2020) my city of Houston ordered all of the bars and clubs to close and restaurants to switch over to pick-up or delivery only.Continue reading “SFY Stay at Home blog: #1”