Today’s succulent is Haworthia. These are small slow growing succulents that are happy indoors with low light. I find them very attractive especially the varieties with very fat leaves such as Fat Albert ( Haworthia comptoniana) and the tiny light green chubby (Haworthia cooperi). Everyone loves the Zebra plant with white stripes ( Haworthia fasciata) I heard it takes almost a year to grow a plant from a leaf but they do produce pups which can be separated from the mother plant. Because they don’t propagate so easily, they are more expensive to buy than other succulents. Be careful not to overwater and bring them in when it gets cold( 40 degrees F) .
9 days til our Giant Plant Sale – Today’s succulent is crassula, the most common being the jade plant. It also has varieties that are very interesting. One is ET jade and another is wavy or curly jade. Jade can be propogated from a leaf quite quickly or by cutting off branches and letting them callus before planting them. I like a tiny variety of crassula which I call watch chain. It grows very easily and is great for filling in arrangements with something delicate and intricate. Another tiny one is pine tree. Crassula usually have stems and thick leaves and they do not tolerate frost.
Today’s group is the Aloes. A year ago I knew of only one – Aloe vera but now I realize that I have at least 5 types of aloe. They all have pointed leaves but come in different colors and sizes. Some have spiny leaves, many form rosettes. They all produce pups quite quickly which can be separated from the main plant. They flower with a long stem. Aloes are quite easy to grow and the variety makes them much more interesting than I first thought. I prefer Aloe humilis which is very attractive and hardy. Aloes adjust to different lighting and watering situations well but do not tolerate frost.
I will keep 4 potted plants on the Succulent Swap table. No need to spend money. Come for a visit and if you bring a potted plant worth about $5 you can make a swap and take something different home.
Chris has lived in Bradenton for 20 years and 5 years ago moved to the yellow chalet in Palma Sola which is now ArtbyCmac Studio and Succulent Nursery
Chris started her teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. That set the course for a long career as a Spanish and English as a Second Language career in the US and 10 countries in Latin America,Turkey and Thailand.
Art had been a lifelong interest and in Bradenton she took classes from several excellent local artists.