Vol. 2 – Your Stories: How have succulents helped you?

I posted a call for stories about how succulents and other plants have helped you, and the responses so far have been incredibly moving. I know how much they’ve helped me and reading your submissions has made me love these wonderful plants even more.

Here is the second round of many to come, I hope!
Click here for the submission form.

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What’s New

The Succulent Manual

Hi friends!! I feel like I’ve been somewhat absent from the social pages, but I’ve been super busy the last few months putting the final touches on my eBook ‘The Succulent Manual’ and the online version. I’m talking tedious 12-hour days staring at a computer screen until I’m literally cross-eyed.

I also recently made a new video and just added some delicious drainage materials to the shop page.

Drainage materials for succulents

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Now on Amazon and other platforms- The Succulent Manual eBook

I am incredibly happy to announce The Succulent Manual is now available as an eBook on several eShelves including:

Sucs for You –  eBook or PDF, with the option to add a custom care consultation! Choose this option if you have a coupon code. Save 10% off The Succulent Manual and custom care consultations with code: SFY10 

Online web versionAccess The Succulent Manual from your web browser

Amazon Kindle

Apple

Barnes and Noble

Google Play

Kobo

See all other available stores here

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The Many Mother of Thousands

You’ve probably heard the term ‘Mother of Thousands’ (or ‘Millions’) used for several plants by now. It’s a common name given to the varieties of Kalanchoe/Bryophyllum that reproduce by plantlets called bulbils that form along the leaf margins. Bryophyllum is another genus given to this type of plant, but it most commonly still referred to as Kalanchoe. Some botanists group Bryophyllum with Kalanchoe.

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How’s it Growing: March and April

Mammillaria melanocentra by Andrea Afra/Sucs for You

Hello from Houston, Texas, Zone 9A! Spring is here in full effect and I’m really digging the sunshine. Tomorrow is April first so I’m going to include what plants flowered for me in March and what is budding or close to blooming in April. I’m also including some other notes on growth and dormancy. I keep my plants outdoors in pots and in the ground. There’s a lot happening right now…

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Where to Buy Succulents: Houston-area shops and online faves

Crassula 'Morgan's Pink'

Where do I buy succulents? I get this question so often, it’s high time for a dedicated post! 

I also sell succulents on occasion – check out the shop! 

Whether you’re from the Houston-area like me or looking online for the best plant-mail around, these are the shops I can refer you to based on my experience as a customer, or that others I trust have spoken highly of. Please let them know Andrea with Sucs for You sent you!

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Air Plants – Bringing Home Tillandsia

Plant mail! My order from Mountain Crest Gardens

Tillandsia aka ‘Air plants’ — what a weird and wonderful expression of flora! I regularly see them growing in oak trees, clinging to electric wires, and stumble across them on the ground with no effort. I’m talking about the epiphytic moss balls that form on branches and resemble birds nests of various sizes. It’s hard to resist scooping up a tangled bundle of what I now know is Tillandsia recurvata, and not moss at all. The long curly Spanish Moss ‘Tillandsia usneoides’ (also not moss) is a bit less common around here, and is also an air plant. I remember trying to jump up and pull some out of a tree on our farm as a kid, but it was always just out of reach.

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