Propagating succulents is both a science and an art. Succulents are some of the easiest plants to propagate, but there are still several tried and true methods to it. Some are more effective than others. What you’ll get from this post are the fundamentals to set yourself up for the best results, along with all of the different techniques you can try. Before we … Read More Everything You Will Ever Need to Know About Propagating Succulents
“Ain’t no planter dope as me, I’m planted so lush and green (so lush and so green, green)”. Wait, those are the Outkast lyrics, right? These succulent planters are the most lush ones I have. Just look at the size of those Blue Chalksticks! Plants pictured above: Crassula perforata Curio talinoides var. mandraliscae “Blue Chalksticks” Pachyphytum oviferum “Moonstones” Sedum kimanchii Sedum oaxacanum Sedum pachyphyllum … Read More So Lush and So Green, Green
I was faced with a conundrum. With the California winter rains upon us, it has been continuously wet outside, and my succulents were getting very soggy. As I’ve previously mentioned, I live deep in a redwood forest with limited light. I do use LED grow lights that help tremendously, but since my cabin is less than 700 square feet, I’ve ran out of room for … Read More Fighting the Winter Blues
I can’t stress the importance of drainage enough! Drainage helps keep your plants evenly watered and prevents them from drowning. Roots should never sit in soggy soil for prolonged periods of time. When a pot doesn’t have drainage, water fills up at the bottom of the pot and has nowhere to go. Over time, the roots will rot, and that will lead to plant … Read More Drain Me, Don’t Drown Me!
If you’re a plant hoarder like me, then you understand that you don’t always need to go to the plant nursery to acquire more plants. I can go shopping for more plants in my own plant collection, and I’m in a constant cycle of various leaf propagation starts and caring for cuttings. When it comes to my succulents, they multiply! Some are more vigorous … Read More Mad Props for Propagation
If you lack sufficient sunlight, but you love growing plants indoors, LED grow lights are a must! Since I live in a redwood forest with mostly shade (but I also love caring for plants that require bright indirect light all day), I had to figure out a way to keep my plants not only alive, but thriving. These LED lights work so well! I’ve … Read More LED Grow Lights
Do you have any succulents that seem like they are stretching towards the light? Were they compact like a rose but now have grown tall and leggy? When succulents (and most other plants) lack sufficient light, they will start to stretch. The technical term for this is etiolation. e·ti·o·late (ē′tē-ə-lāt′) BOTANY v. e·ti·o·lat·ed, e·ti·o·lat·ing, e·ti·o·lates v.tr. 1. To cause (a plant) to develop without chlorophyll by preventing exposure to sunlight 2. a. To cause to appear … Read More How to Save Stretched-Out Succulents
I’m a gardener who lives in a redwood forest. I share a little cabin with my boyfriend, my two cats, and over 100 houseplants. It’s peaceful here. With majestic redwood trees that tower over everything, stillness in the fresh air, and wildlife that roams in our wooded backyard, it’s very calming, but it is a challenge keeping my plants happy. Why? I have little … Read More Gardener in the Redwoods