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 a 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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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! 

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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