Okay then. Let’s talk about heat dormant succulents for a sec. In extreme heat, a lot of succulent plants will slow down or completely stop growing to conserve their energy. Overwatering at this time = risk of them rotting. So how do we know when it’s time to reduce or stop watering? How do we know when a succulent isn’t actively growing? Observation. Some signs of growth include flowering, new leaf production, increasing in size etc. Making notes and taking pics of your plants (as we do) builds familiarity with their growing cycles.Continue reading “Let’s talk about heat dormant succulents for a sec.”
Update added! Here’s to hoping this sweet little cactus has produced seeds! Frailea castanea (aka Frailea asterioides) tend to be ‘cleistogamous,’ meaning they self-pollinate within the closed flower bud. We open up the bud and see what’s inside…Continue reading “Harvesting Frailea castanea seeds…hopefully!”
PART 1: My husband came home with 2 gorgeous Desert Rose bonsai plants and it’s up to me to pot them up! First we reveal the massive caudex and treat a rot spot with sulfur powder before transferring to a new planter.
PART 2: We reveal a fantastically massive caudex, clean it up, and repot it in a new planter. And we get to see both newly potted plants side-by-side. Spoiler alert – they are gorgeous!Continue reading “Parts 1 and 2: Potting up two BIG Desert Roses Bonsai plants (Adenium obesum)”
Here’s a chill video I made while tackling an overgrown pot of succulents – hang out with me and watch while you’re working with your own plants!Continue reading “Taming an overgrown pot of succulents”
Did you know plants can make their own ‘sunscreen?’ It’s true! But they need time to build up their tolerance to sunlight. Here’s a video about when to watch out for sunburn, how to protect your succulents from being scorched, and how to help them adapt to more light.Continue reading “How to Avoid Sunburned Succulents”
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I am thrilled to announce ‘The Succulent Manual’ is now available as a paperback! Here’s a quick video introduction so you can see all the good stuff inside. Thanks so much for all of your support!Continue reading “The Succulent Manual: Now with REAL pages!”
The Succulent Manual paperback version is now available! I am SO grateful to everyone who has supported Sucs for You, and I’m super stoked to finally hold a physical manifestation of my book ‘The Succulent Manual: A guide to care and repair for all climates’ in my very own hands!
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(CC – Closed Captioned) Genus, species, subspecies, variety, hybrid, cultivar, form… I wanted to make this video because not every plant we buy comes with an accurate label, and if you really want to be able to correctly identify something, you need to understand what’s in a name when it comes to finding the right name. Right? Right!
Bonus: How to pronounce Myrtillocactus geometrizans cv. ‘Fukurokuryuzinboku’
First, a big warm thank you to those of y’all who reached out with kind words after the freeze last February! Here’s a 9 month update on the Aloe maculata I attempted to rescue in this video.Continue reading “Success!! Aloe maculata rescue update: 9 months after the Texas freeze”
Follow Sucs for You on Twitter – Since Facebook took over Instagram, both platforms have gone down several times. I know a lot of us use those sites to keep in touch with friends and family, and have several years of photos and memories suddenly unaccessible. Along with the Sucs for You group and its 9,000+ members, I personally enjoy the many plant and nature centric Facebook groups and communities.Continue reading “Facebook and Instagram are down, so follow me on Twitter @sucsforyou”