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!
‘Succulents are taking over the hearts and window sills of millions of people around the world, and everyone wants to know what they need to thrive. Andrea Afra, from the popular succulent care and advice platform ‘Sucs for You,’ has helped thousands of succulent lovers become confident about understanding their plants’ needs based on their growing location. From these exchanges and shared experiences, The Succulent Manual was born.’
Euphorbia mammillaris, blooming in March! You may have heard of a Corn Cob cactus – well, this is it, but it’s not a cactus. Euphorbias contain a latex/sap that can be highly irritating and toxic, so handle with care and wash your hands with a good soap after handling them.
This plant barely survived a brief freeze while covered on my front porch (zone 9A, Houston, Texas). Its soil was very dry which definitely helped it deal with the cold. I didn’t pay much attention to it but the other day I noticed every last branch was in flower!
Besides their latex, Euphorbias are easily distinguished from cacti by their flowers.
Euphorbias need a bit more water than cacti and thrive in bright indirect light. Full sun is good too as long as it’s not too hot, or else they can go heat dormant and possibly struggle to survive.
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.
I like to check in on Mountain Crest’s Unusual Varieties category, and they have some really neat new plants up for grabs! Here are several I’m adding to my wish list – get them while you can because some have a limited amount available! Their prices are super reasonable, and MCG always has the best customer service and ships quickly and securely.
“I was a $5 grocery store rescue back in 2017. This curly-haired lady had just finished shopping and was headed to her car when she stopped the cart and glanced back at me sitting there alone in my pot on the ground, up against a concrete wall in the full harsh sun.
Winter is around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere but that doesn’t mean you can’t still add a few more succulents to your collection! Here are some lovely cold-hardy succulents for those of you who don’t have a lot of space left over after bringing your plants indoors. Many can survive freezing temperatures and even snow!
Hello lovely people! I added a new feature to the site –Ask Andrea!
I wanted to offer a quick and simple way for you to reach out with your succulent questions. Whether you need help with an identification or figuring out what may be ailing your plant, I’m happy to help!
Simply fill out the form on the Ask Andrea page, send your payment (securely via Paypal, Venmo, or Zelle), and I’ll email you with the answers or a request for more details and/or photos.
It starts at $5 for 1-2 questions, but you can add more as needed! And of course there’s always the Custom Care Consultation option should you require a broader discussion.
Help me open this box of amazingness from sculptor and potter Edward Murray from Edward of Austin Sculpture! I also demonstrate and discuss the best practices to potting up new plants, like when to water them, how to choose the right sized pot, and what to do with the old soil.
I’ve had several people tell me they’d to purchase The Succulent Manual eBook but are unsure how to read it without a tablet. The good news is you don’t have to have any special device – you can open and read eBooks with any computer and most mobile devices. Read on to learn how!