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…
This is a bonus post to show and tell the backstory to the garden featured in my latest video ‘How to Build a Cacti and Succulent Garden.‘
We moved to our new house in the summer of 2016. Not long after I settled in, I was given some big prickly pear pads from a lovely local Houstonian who has an amazing xeriscaped front yard. Seeing her accomplishment flourish inspired me to try my hand at a much smaller-scaled cacti garden.
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!
How to take succulent cuttings and a bit of ‘shop’ talk about my experimental in-ground succulent garden.
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.
Here we go! Plant Lovers for Texas Hurricane Relief…
From Rockport, where Harvey made landfall, to Port Arthur, Beaumont, and Orange County, and the other towns in what is known as the Golden Triangle, all hands are on deck here in Houston and pushing out help as quickly as possible.
HOUSTON: Hurricane Harvey – info and links
Monetary donations – read this updated post for suggestions
Alcalde @SylvesterTurner-Ciudad de Houston: “Si alguien trata de deportarte, yo mismo te representaré” -Busque ayuda independientemente de su estatus migratorio
Mayor Turner- City of Houston: “If someone tries to deport you, I will represent you myself.” Seek help regardless of your status.
What you’re asking … There’s a trend, mind you.
Howdy fellow succulent keepers! Well, this has been a week for the history books, has it not? I wanted to share a little look into the questions folks are asking me about their succulents, but first I must use a bit of this space to discuss what’s taking place in America right now.
Fellow succulent lovers: This time, I need your help. Please read on for my latest announcement. (Hint: I started a Patreon succulent care community)
As of today (Aug 16, 2017 ) Sucs for You has over 16k followers on Instagram, 4k on Youtube, and several hundred between Twitter, Facebook – and of course our Facebook Group. We’re a big community and I’m having a blast learning with you and I hope you are too.