adromischus alstonii – bulbees

adromischus alstonii is native to south africa. the beautiful succulent is sometimes called bulbees.

plant care

adromischus alstonii does best if located bright and sunny the year round. if placed outside during summer and to avoid rotten roots, make sure that rain water can flow out of the pot’s hole.

the soil should be well drained, im using a mix of some gritty, sand and a bit humus. a regular cactus mix can also be used.

from spring to fall adromischus alstonii can be deep watered. what’s running out of the pot should be removed after a few minutes. before adding water next let the soil dry.

a half diluted cactus fertilizer can be given monthly from spring to fall. fresh bought or recently repotted plants don’t need to be fed for the first six to eight weeks.

if you can give em enough light, adromischus alstonii can be cultivated at room temperature throughout the year. if not, it should be placed at approx. 5-10 (41-59 °f). watering has now to be reduced, a fertilizer must not be given.

adromischus alstonii

propagation

adromischus alstonii can be propagated with seeds or (leaf) cuttings.

adromischus bolusii

adromischus bolusii is a south african native. a common name for this blue-green leaved succulent belonging to the crassulaceae family i havn’t found.

adromischus bolusii care

adromischus bolusii does best on a bright and sunny location the year round. if placed outside during summer, make sure that rain water can easily flow out of the pot’s hole.

the soil should be well drained, im using a mix of some gritty, sand and a bit humus. a regular cactus mix is also welcome.

from spring to fall adromischus bolusii can be deep watered. what’s running out of the pot should be removed after a few minutes. before adding water next let the soil dry. sitting in water can cause rotten roots.

a half diluted cactus fertilizer can be given monthly from spring to fall. fresh bought or recently repotted plants don’t need to be fed for the first six to eight weeks.

if you can give em enough light, adromischus bolusii can be cultivated at room temperature throughout the year. if not, it should be placed at approx. 5-10 (41-59 °f). it now has to be less watered, a fertilizer must not be given.

adromischus bolusii

propagation

propagation can be done with seeds or cuttings.

adromischus cooperi – plover eggs

the sometimes called plover eggs, adromischus cooperi is a south african native. the leaves of this dwarf succulent can get 2.5 to 5 cm (1 to 2 inches) long. it belongs to the crassulaceae family.

plant care

adromischus cooperi likes a bright and sunny place, light shade will be tolerated. during summer it can be placed in the garden, but make sure that rain water can run out of the pot’s hole. because “wet legs” can cause root rot.

the soil should be well drained with some gritty, sand and a bit humus. a regular cactus mix can be used.

the plover eggs need to be good watered, what runs out of the pot should be removed after a few minutes. before watering next the soil must dry.

adromischus cooperi can be fed monthly with a half concentrated cactus fertilizer.

if you can give em enough light, it can be cultivated at room temperature throughout the year. during winter the plover eggs can be placed at 10-15 °c (50-59 °f). then keep it nearly dry and don’t feed.

propagation

adromischus cooperi can be propagated by seeds or cuttings.

aloe distans – jewelled aloe

the genus aloe belongs to the asphodelaceae family and contains approx. 400 members. the jewelled aloe (aloe distans) is native to south africa.

care

aloe distans does best if located bright and sunny. if placed outside during summer, make sure that rainwater easily can flow out of the pot. wet legs can cause root rot.

the jewelled aloe needs a well drained soil. a regular cactus mix or a mix between standard potting soil and sand (3:2) can be used.

it can be deep watered, water running out of the pot’s hole should be removed after a few minutes. before watering next allow to dry.

in spring and summer a half diluted cactus fertilizer can be given monthly and if placed at room temperature in fall/winter every eight weeks.

during winter the jewelled aloe can be placed at 10-15 °c/50-59 °f. at this temperature range it has to be kept nearly dry und must not be fed. a cold period can have an positive impact for producing its flowers. if placed at room temperature, give as much light as you can.

jewelled aloe distans

propagation

aloe distans can be propagated by division, cuttings or with seeds.

aloe juvenna

the genus aloe belongs to the asphodelaceae family and contains approx. 400 members. aloe juvenna is native to kenya.

care

aloe juvenna can be placed from sunny to light shaded. in hot summer sun its leaves can turn to red/brown. if placed outside during summer make sure that rainwater can easily flow out of the pot, because wet legs can cause rotten roots.

a regular cactus mix or a mix between standard potting soil and sand (3:2) can be used.

drench it well, water running out of the pot’s hole should be removed after a few minutes. before adding water next allow to dry.

in spring and summer a cactus fertilizer at half strength can be given monthly and if placed at room temperature in fall/winter every eight weeks.

aloe juvenna can be grown at room temperature the year round with a winter minimum of 10-15 °c/50-59 °f. at this temperature range it has to be kept nearly dry und must not be fed. for flowering it needs a cold period.

aloe juvenna

propagation

aloe juvenna can be propagated by division, cuttings or with seeds.

clusia major – pitch apple, autograph tree

the pitch apple (clusia major) is also known as balm apple, fat park tree or, because people are writing messages into its glossy leaves, autograph tree. it is native to the tropical middle america and can get approx. 20 m/65 ft tall in its natural habitat. there is a cultivar with green-yellow variegated leaves available.

care

the pitch apple is suitable for sunny to light shaded locations. to avoid burned leaves, new bought plants should get some time to adapt full sun. especially if placed outside during summer. for showing its colorful fooliage the variegated cultivar shouldn’t be placed too dark.

a regular potting mix can be used. it should be kept moist but not wet and can dry before adding water next. wet legs can cause rotten roots.

during the spring and summer clusia major can be fed every two to four weeks and if placed at room temperature every four to six weeks in fall and winter. with a half diluted water soluble fertilizer.

it can be cultivated at room temperature throughout the year and needs a winter minimum of 15 °c/59 °c. if wintered at this temperature it needs less watering and must not be fed.

a medium humidity is welcome. spraying it over with water or giving a shower keeps its leaves free from dust.

clusia major pitch apple

propagation

clusia major can be propagated with cuttings.

crassula “baby necklace”

crassula “baby necklace” is a crossing between c. rupestris and c. perforata.

care

crassula “baby necklace” does best on a bright location with some morning and/or evening sun. afternoon sun and high heat in summer can cause leaf drop. light shade will be tolerated.

the soil should be very porous, a standard cactus mix or a mix between regular potting soil, coarse sand and grit (2:1:1) can be used.

it can be deep watered, what’s running out of the pot’s hole should be removed after a few minutes. sitting in water can cause rotten roots. allow to dry before watering next.

a half diluted cactus fertilizer can be given monthly in spring and summer and every eight weeks in fall and winter.

crassula “baby necklace” can be placed at room temperature the year round with a winter minimum of 15 °c/59 °f. at this temperature range it needs less watering and no feeding.

crassula baby necklace

propagation

crassula “baby necklace” can be propagated with cuttings.

crassula “morgan’s beauty”

crassula “morgan’s beauty” is a crossing between c. perfoliata var. minor and c. mesembryanthemopsis, both native to the southern africa.

care

crassula “morgan’s beauty” does best in bright light with some morning- and/or evening sun. a half shaded place will be tolerated. afternoon sun and high heat in summer can cause leaf drop.

it likes a very porous soil, a standard cactus mix or a mix between regular potting soil, coarse sand and grit (2:1:1) can be used.

drench the soil well, water running out of the pot’s hole must be removed after a few minutes. wet legs can cause rotten roots. before adding water next allow to dry.

in spring and summer a cactus fertilizer at half strength can be given monthly and every six to eight weeks in fall/winter (if placed at room temperature).

crassula “morgan’s beauty” can be grown at room temperature throughout the year with a winter minimum of 15 °c/59 °f. at this temperature range it needs less watering and no feeding.

crassula morgans beauty

propagation

crassula “morgan’s beauty” can easily be propagated with cuttings.

crassula “springtime”

crassula “springtime” is a cultivar, based on c. rupestris. it’s available with green and silver leaves and flowering in pink.

care

crassula “springtime” likes a bright position with some morning- and/or evening sun. a half shaded place will be tolerated. afternoon sun and high heat in summer can cause leaf drop.

the soil should be well drained. a regular cactus mix or a mix between standard potting soil, coarse sand and grit (2:1:1) can be used.

drench the soil well, water flowing out of the pot’s hole should be removed after a few minutes. wet legs can cause root rot. before watering next allow to dry.

in spring and summer a half diluted cactus fertilizer can be given monthly and every six to eight weeks in fall/winter (if placed at room temperature).

crassula “springtime” can be grown at room temperature the year round and needs a winter minimum of 15 °c/59 °f. at this temperature range it has to be kept nearly dry and must not be fed.

crassula springtime

propagation

crassula “springtime” can be propagated with cuttings.

crassula ausensis

crassula ausensis belongs to the crassulaceae family and is native to namibia. there are different forms of this plant available. in good sunlight the knobby leaves of subspecies titanopsis form red tips.

crassula ausensis

crassula ausensis care

crassula ausensis does best if located bright and sunny the year round. a light shaded place will be tolerated. during summer it can be grown in the garden. but make sure that rainwater can easily flow out of the pot.

this succulent likes a well drained soil. a regular cactus mix can be used. i’m using a mixture of potting soil, coarse sand and pumice (2:1:1).

from spring to fall crassula ausensis can be deep watered. what’s flowing into the saucer must be removed after a few minutes. wet legs can cause rotten roots. before adding water next allow to dry.

a half diluted cactus fertilizer can be given monthly in spring/summer and if placed at room temperature every six to eight weeks in fall/winter. new bought or recently repotted plants don’t need to be fed for the first six to eight weeks.

for showing its inflorescence in spring, a cold winter location may be helpful. crassula ausensis can be placed at 5-10 °c (41-50 °f). at this temperature range it has to be kept nearly dry and don’t need to be fed. if placed at room temperature during winter, give as much light as you can.

crassula ausensis leaves

propagation

crassula ausensis can be grown from seeds or cuttings.

crassula falcata – propeller plant

the propeller plant (crassula falcata) is an easy to care for succulent, native to south africa. it’s flowering from orange to red.

care

crassula falcata likes a sunny place but also does good on a bright or light shaded location. during summer it can be placed in the garden but make sure that rainwater can easily run out of the pot’s hole. if the temperature is falling under 10 °c (50 °f) constantly give it back into the house.

it can be planted in a mix between humus and sand (2:1) or in standart cactus soil. it needs to be good watered, what runs out of the pot’s hole should be removed after a few minutes. allow to dry before adding water next. overwatering can cause rotten roots.

it can be fed with a half diluted cactus fertilizer monthly in spring/summer.

for flowering in spring the propeller plant should be placed at 10-15 °c (50-59 °f). it now has to be kept nearly dry, a fertilizer must not be given.

crassula falcata propeller plant

propagation

the propeller plant (crassula falcata) can be propagated by seeds, stem or leaf cuttings.

crassula cv. “morgan’s beauty”

crassula morgans beauty

crassula “morgan’s beauty is a hybrid between c. falcata and c. mesembryanthemopsis.

echeveria “pearl of nuremberg”

echeveria “pearl of nuremberg” (“perle von nürnberg”) is a hybrid (crossing), based on e. gibbiflora var. metallica and e. potosina. both of them are native to mexico.

care

for showing its rosy-bluish coloured leaves echeveria “pearl of nuremberg” needs a sunny location the year round. if placed in the garden or on the balcony during summer, make sure that rainwater easily can flow out of the pot, because sitting in water can cause rotten roots.

the soil should be well drained, a standart cactus mix can be used. if you want to mix your own you can use regular potting soil, coarse sand and grit (2:1:1).

from spring to fall echeveria “pearl of nuremberg” can be deep watered. what’s running out of the pot must be removed after a few minutes. before watering next the soil should be allowed to dry.

a cactus or regular water soluble fertilizer at half strength can be given monthly in spring and summer. fresh bought or recently repotted plant don’t need to be fed for the first six to eight weeks.

during winter the echeveria can be located at 5-15 °c/41-49 °f. it now has to be kept nearly dry. the colder it’s placed the less watering is needed. a fertilzer must not be given. a cold winter location can be helpful for producing its inflorescense in spring.

echeveria-gibbiflora

propagation

propagation can be done with seeds or offsets.

echeveria derenbergii – baby echeveria, painted lady

the genus echeveria belongs to the crassulaceae family and some of its members are known as “hen and chicks”. echeveria derenbergii is native to mexico. it’s a drought and frost (approx. -4 °c/39 °f) tolerant succulent.

care

the baby echeveria or painted lady likes a sunny to bright location. if placed in the garden or on the balcony, make sure that rainwater can flow out of the pot, because sitting in water can cause rotten roots.

it likes a well drained soil, a standart cactus mix can be used. if you want to mix your own you can use regular potting soil, coarse sand and grit (2:1:1). echeveria derenbergii can be deep waterd, what runs out of the pot should be removed after a few minutes. before adding water next allow to dry.

a half strength cactus or regular water soluble fertilizer can be given monthly in spring and summer. if placed at room temperature in fall and winter every six to eight weeks.

the baby echeveria can be wintered at 5-15 °c/41-49 °f. the colder it’s placed the less watering is needed. a fertilzer must not be given. if placed warmer give as much light as you can.

propagation

echeveria derenbergii can be propagated with seeds or offsets.

euphorbia “diamond frost”

euphorbia “diamond frost” is a cultivar, based on e. hypericifolia. the easy to care houseplant is becoming popular more and more. here in germany it is sold as balcony plant.

care

euphorbia “diamond frost” is suitable for a sunny, bright, light shaded or shaded location. if placed sunny to light shaded it can be a non stop bloomer. on a shaded place it shows less flowers.

a regular potting soil or a mix between humus and a bit of sand (3:1) can be used. keep it moist but not wet, drying at the soils surface between the waterings will be tolerated.

in spring and summer a half diluted water soluble fertilizer can be given monthly. if placed at room temperature during fall/winter every six to eight weeks. on a colder winter location there is no need to feed.

euphorbia “diamond frost” can be cultivated at room temperature throughout the year but can be wintered at +/-10 °c/50 °f. then it needs less watering.

propagation

euphorbia “diamond frost” can be propagated by cuttings.

euphorbia horrida – african milk barrel

euphorbia horrida is native to south africa and commonly known as african milk barrel. it’s a somewhat variable plant with many varieties and forms. there are also cultivars with red spines and flowers available.

euphorbia horrida

euphorbia horrida – african milk barrel care

this description is based on my experiences with euphorbia horrida var. striata. the cultivation of other forms or varieties can be different.

the african milk barrel does best, if grown on a bright and sunny place throughout the year. a light shaded location will be tolerated. during summer it can be placed in the garden. but make sure that rainwater can easily flow out of the pot. because sitting in water will cause rot.

it grows well in a good drained mineral potting substrate. i’m using a mix of potting soil, seramis (lay granulate), pumice and coarse sand (1:1:1:1).

from spring to fall euphorbia horrida var. striata can be deep watered. what’s flowing out of the pot’s hole must be removed after a few minutes. before adding water next allow to dry.

in spring and summer a half diluted cactus fertilizer can be given monthly. during fall/winter there is no need to feed.

euphorbia horrida var. striata can be cultivated at room temperature the year round and needs a winter minimum of 10 °C/50 °f. the colder it is placed during this season, the less water is needed.

euphorbia horrida flowers

euphorbia horrida propagation

euphorbia horrida can be grown from seeds or cuttings.

euphorbia obesa – baseball plant, basketball plant

on first sight, euphorbia obesa is looking like a cactus without thorns. but it’s a member of the euphorbiaceae family and related to such popular houseplants like the christmas star (e. pulcherrima). the commonly named baseball plant or basketball plant succulent is native to south africa.

care

euphorbia obesa does best in sunny to bright positions. light shade will be tolerated but then it can grow a bit slower. plants growing in moderate shade should be slowly hardened off before placing it in full sun.

it can be planted in a regular cactus mix or a mix between standard potting soil, coarse sand and pumice (2:1:1).

the baseball plant can be deep watered, what’s flowing out of the pot should be removed after a few minutes. wet legs can cause root rott. before watering next allow to dry.

a half strength cactus fertilizer can be given monthly and if placed at room temperature in fall and winter every six to eight weeks.

euphorbia obesa can be grown at room temperature thoughout the year. but it can be placed at approx. 10 °c/50 °f in winter. at this temperature range it should be kept nearly dry, a fertilizer must not be given.

euphorbia obesa baseball plant

propagation

propagation of the baseball plant can be done by seeds.

faucaria tigrina – tiger jaws

the genus faucaria belongs to the aizoaceae family and contains nine members, of wich the tiger jaws (faucaria tigrina) is the most popular. the yellow blooming succulents are native to south africa. the flowers are opened at afternoon and closed in the night.

care

the tiger jaws does best if located bright and sunny the year round. a light shaded place will be tolerated.

the soil should be well drained with some sand and grit. i’m using a mix of loam free garden soil, sand and pumice (2:1:1). regular cactus mixes can contain too much humus, then it should be mixed with sand and grit.

from spring to fall, faucaria tigrina can be deep watered. what’s running out of the pot’s hole should be removed after a few minutes. before adding water next allow to dry. at this time a half diluted cactus fertilizer can be given monthly. repotted plants don’t need to be fed for the first eight weeks.

faucaria tigrina can be cultivated at room temperature throughout the year and needs a winter minimum of 15 °c/59 °f. at this temperature range it has to be kept nearly dry, a fertilizer must not be given.

propagation

the tiger jaws can be propagated with seeds, cuttings or by division.

faucaria tuberculosa – tiger jaws

faucaria tuberculosa is commonly known as tiger jaws or sometimes pebbled tiger jaws. the south african native succulent is belonging to the aizoaceae family. its yellow flowers are opened at afternoon and closed during night time.

care

the tiger jaws likes a bright and sunny position throughout the year. but it’s also growing on a light shaded place.

the soil should be well drained with some sand and grit. i’m using a mix of loam free garden soil, sand and pumice (2:1:1). regular cactus mixes can contain too much humus, then some sand and grit should be added.

from spring to fall, the soil can be drenched well. water running out of the pot’s hole should be removed after a few minutes. before adding water next allow to dry. at this time a half diluted cactus fertilizer can be given monthly. repotted plants don’t need to be fed for the first eight weeks.

faucaria tuberculosa can be cultivated at room temperature throughout the year and needs a winter minimum of 15 °c/59 °f. at this temperature range it has to be kept nearly dry and must not be fed.

tiger jaws faucaria tuberculosa

propagation

the tiger jaws (faucaria tuberculosa) can be propagated with seeds, cuttings or by division.

frithia – baby toes, window plant

the genus frithia belongs to the aizoaceae family and contains two species. both, frithia humilis and frithia pulchra are native to south africa. the beautiful succulents can be recognized trough its blooms and are sometimes called baby toes or window plant.

growing frithia

frithia does best on a sunny place throughout the year. they are opening their blooms in the afternoon sun.

they need a well drained and gritty soil with only a small part of organic material. don’t put them in to a regular potting mix. i’m using a mix of pumice and a little bit of loam free garden soil.

in their natural habitat they have some summer rain and so they are not shy of water. they need to be good watered when they’re blooming, what runs out of the pot’s hole should be removed after a few minutes. between the waterings allow to dry. during winter they should kept nearly dry.

a half concentrated cactus fertilizer can be given monthly during blooming time.

frithia can be cultivated at room temperature the whole year through, with a winter minimum of 14 °c (57 °f).


1-3: f. humilis, 4-6: f. pulchra

propagation

frithia can be propagated by seeds.

frithia humilis

frithia pulchra

graptopetalum paraguayense – ghost plant

the genus graptopetalum contains approx. 16 members and belongs to the crassulaceae family. they resemble to the echeverias. the crossings of both are named x graptoveria. graptopetalum paraguayense is commonly known as ghost plant or mother of pearl plant and is native to mexico.

graptopetalum paraguayense care

the ghost plant grows best if located bright and sunny throughout the year. a light shaded place will be tolerated. during summer it can be placed in the garden. but please make sure that rainwater can easily run out of the pot because wet legs will cause rotten roots.

a standard cactus soil or a mix between humus, sand and gritty (2:1:1) can be used. from spring to fall graptopetalum paraguayense can be deep watered. whats flowing out of the pot must be removed after a few minutes. allow to dry before watering next.

a half diluted cactus fertilizer can be given monthly from spring to fall. fresh bought or recently repotted plants don’t need to be fed for the first six to eight weeks.

for showing its inflorescence in spring, a cold winter location may be helpful. graptopetalum paraguayense can be placed at 5-10 °c (41-50 °f). at this temperature range it has to be kept nearly dry and don’t need to be fed. if placed at room temperature during winter, give it as much light as you can.

propagation

the ghost plant can be propagated with stem or leaf cuttings and seeds.

lepismium monacanthum

lepismium monacanthum (syn. rhipsalis monacantha) is native to bolivia and argentina where it grows mostly epiphytic (sitting on trees). its stems are flat or three-angled and can get more than 40 cm/15 inches long. there are two subspecies (ssp. monacanthum and ssp. espinosa), both flowering in orange. young plants are growing erect, older ones hanging.

care

lepismium monacanthum does best on a sunny to bright location. during summer it can be placed outside, but make sure that rainwater can easily flow out of the pot. to avoid burned leaves it should slowly be adapted to the direct sun.

it needs a well drained soil, there are special mixes for epiphytic cacti available. if you want to mix your own, you can use humus, orchid bark and grit (2:1:1).

keep it moist but not wet, water running out of the pot should be removed after a few minutes. before watering next allow to dry. sitting in water can cause rotten roots.

a half strength cactus fertilizer can be given monthly in spring and summer and every six to eight weeks in fall and winter (if placed at room temperature).

lepismium monacanthum needs a winter minum of 15 °c/59 °f. if placed at this temperature give less water and don’t feed.

for flowering a night time heating reduction in spring can be positive.

propagation

lepismium monacanthum can be propagated with seeds or cuttings.

musa acuminata x zebrina – banana

musa acuminata x zebrina is a dwarf cultivar, based on the bananito (m. acuminata, australia) and the blood banana (m. zebrina, indonesia). the leaves are green with red spotches on the topside.

care

this banana is doing best on a sunny location the year round. a light shaded place will be tolerated, but then it’s growing slower and producing smaller leaves. during summer it can be placed outside untill the temperature is falling below 10 °c/50 °f constantly.

it can be planted in a good regular potting mix. keep it evenly moist but not wet, sitting in water can cause root rott. the drying of the soils surface is ok but it shouldn’t dry in complete.

during summer a half diluted water soluble fertilizer can be given every two to four and if placed at room temperature in fall and winter every four to six weeks.

the banana can be grown at room temperature the year round, but can also be located at +/-10 °c/50 °f during winter. if placed at this temperature range, it needs less watering and must not be fed.

musa likes to be sprayed over with water from time to time. this keeps its leaves free from dust.

musa acuminata x  zebrina banana

progation

pragation can be done by division or with seeds.

pachyphytum bracteosum

what makes pachyphytum bracteosum such an attractive houseplant are its green grey leaves and the purpelish flowers shown in spring.

care

pachyphytum bracteosum does best if located bright and sunny the year round. a light shaded place will be tolerated. during summer it can be given outside. but please make sure that rainwater can run out of the pot because wet legs will cause root rott.

a standard cactus soil or a mix between humus, sand and gritty (2:1:1) can be used. from spring to fall this succulent can be deep watered. whats running out of the pot’s hole should be removed after a few minutes. before adding water next allow to dry.

a cactus fertilizer at half strength can be given from spring to fall. fresh bought or recently repotted plants don’t need to be fed for the first six to eight weeks.

for showing its inflorescence in spring, a cold winter location may be helpful. pachyphytum bracteosum can be placed at 5-10 °c (41-50 °f). at this temperature range it has to be kept nearly dry, a fertilizer must not be given. if placed at room temperature during winter, give it as much light as you can.

the leaves of pachyphytum bracteosum are breaking off very easily. so be careful when re-potting.

propagation

propagation can be done with seeds or leaf cuttings.

pachyphytum compactum

pachyphytum compactum is a succulent plant with distinctively patterned fat leaves. a common name for this mexican native i havn’t found.

care

pachyphytum compactum likes a bright and sunny place throughout the year. light shade will be tolerated. during summer it can be placed outside. please make sure that rainwater can run out of the pot because wet legs can cause root rott.

a standard cactus soil or a mix between humus, sand and gritty (2:1:1) can be used. it can be deep watered from spring to fall, what runs out of the pot’s hole should be removed after a few minutes. allow to dry before watering next.

from spring to fall it can be fed monthly with a half diluted cactus fertilizer. recently repotted or bought plants don’t a fertilizer for the first six to eight weeks.

for showing its inflorescence in spring, a cold winter location may be helpful. pachyphytum compactum can be placed at 5-10 °c (41-50 °f). at this temperature range it has to be kept nearly dry, a fertilizer must not be given. if placed at room temperature during winter, give it as much light as you can.

the leaves of this beautiful succulent houseplant are breaking off very easily so be careful when re-potting.

pachyphytum compactum

propagation

propagation can be done by seeds or leaf cuttings.

peperomia columella

peperomia columella has small, fleshy leaves and is native to peru. in its natural habitat this succulent species is growing between rocks and cliffs.

peperomia columella care

peperomia columella grows best if located bright and sunny throughout the year. if placed outside during summer and to avoid rotten roots, make sure that rain water can flow out of the pot’s hole. a light shaded place will be tolerated.

the soil should be well drained, im using a mix of some gritty, sand and humus. a regular cactus mix can also be used.

from spring to fall peperomia columella can be deep watered. what’s running out of the pot should be removed after a few minutes. before watering next allow to dry.

a half diluted cactus fertilizer can be given monthly from spring to fall. fresh bought or recently repotted plants don’t need to be fed for the first six to eight weeks.

if you can give em enough light, peperomia columella can be cultivated at room temperature throughout the year. if not, it should be placed at approx. +/-10 °c (59 °f). it now has to be kept nearly dry, a fertilizer must not be given.

peperomia columella

propagation

peperomia columella can be propagated with cuttings.

sansevieria cylindrica – cylindrical snake plant

this plant became popular more and more over the past few years and now there are a lot of cultivars available. sansevieria cylincdrica is known as cylindrical snake plant, african spear or sometimes spear sansevieria.

care

sansevieria cylindrica grows best in full sunlight. a light shaded place will be tolerated. during the summer it can be placed in the garden, but make sure that rainwater can run out of the pot because sitting in water can cause root rot.

it needs a well drained soil, a regular cactus mix or a mix between humus, gritty and some sand can be used.

the cylindrical snake plant needs to be good watered, what runs out of the pot’s hole should be removed after a few minutes. let it dry out before watering next.

a half concentrated cactus fertilizer can be given monthly and if placed at room temperature during fall/winter every six to eight weeks.

sansevieria cylindrica can be cultivated at room temperature the whole year through with a winter minimum of +/-15 °C (59 °f). if placed colder during winter it needs less watering, a fertilizer must not be given.

propagation

the cylindrical snake plant can be propagated by division or leaf cuttings.

sansevieria raffillii – snake plant

this snake plant (sansevieria raffillii) has glaucous leaves with dark mottling. its native to kenya.

care

sansevieria raffillii does best on a sunny to bright location throughout the year. if placed outside in summer, make sure that water can flow out of the pot. bring back inside if the temperature is falling below 10 °c/50 °f constantly.

the snake plant needs a well drained soil, a regular cactus mix can be used. it need to be good watered, whats flowing out of the pot should be removed after a few minutes. wet legs can cause rotten roots. allow to dry before adding water next.

in spring/summer a half diluted cactus fertilizer can be given monthly. if placed at room temperature in fall/winter every six to eight weeks.

sansevieria raffillii likes can be cultivated at room temperature throughout the year with a winter minimum of 14 °c/57 °f. if wintering colder it needs less watering and no feeding.

sansevieria raffillii snake plant
sansevieria raffillii var. glauca

propagation

the snake plant can be propagated by leaf cuttings or division.

sansevieria trifasciata – snake plant, mother-in-law tongue

the snake plant (sansevieria trifasciata) is a houseplant classic that was forgotten for some years and is now becoming more popular with a lot of new cultivars available. it’s also known under the name mother-in-law tongue. this succulent is native to africa.

there are a lot of cultivars around with more yellowish or white striped leaves. very popular are the dwarf “hahnii” forms.

care

the snake plant does best on a bright and sunny place. especially the coloured cultivars need some more light for building up the variegation. a half shady place will be tolerated. during the summer they can be put in the garden or on the balcony.

sansevieria trifasciata needs a well drained soil. good works a mix between humus or garden soil, sand and crushed rocks. keep it moist bu not wet and allow to dry before the next watering. overwatering (especially on a colder place during winter) can cause root rot.

a water soluble or cacti fertilizer in half of by the manufacturer indicated concentration can be given monthly. if at room temperature at winter time every six to eight weeks.

the snake plant can be placed on +/- 15 °c (59 °f) during the winter. then it needs less watering and no fertilizing.

propagation

the mother-in-law tongue can be propagated by seeds, division or leaf cuttings.

sedum burrito – burro’s tail

the burro’s tail (sedum burrito) is an easy to care houseplant, native to mexico. it’s suitable for a hanging basekt.

care

the burro’s tail likes a bright and sunny place. during summer it can be placed outside, but give it back when the temperature is falling below 10 °c/50 °f constantly. make sure that rainwater can easily flow out of the pot.

the soil should be well drained, a regular cactus mix or a mix between humus, sand and gritty (2:1:1) can be used.

during spring/summer sedum burrito needs to be good waterd, what runs out of the pot’s hole should be removed after a few minutes. overwatering can cause rotten roots. before adding water next allow to dry.

in spring and summer a half strength standard or cactus fertilizer can be given monthly.

for blooming in spring, sedum burrito should be placed at 10-15 °c/50-59°f during winter. now it has to be kept nearly dry, without fertilizing. if placed warmer give it as much light as you can.

burros tail sedum

propagation

the burro’s tail can be propagated by seeds, stem or leaf cuttings.

sedum rubrotinctum – pork and beans

the genus sedum belongs to the crassulaceae family and contains more than 400 members. some of them are popular garden plants and really frost tolerant. the pork and beans or sometimes called jelly bean (sedum rubrotinctum) is a mexican native. there are cultivars with more yellow or red leaves available.

care

the pork and beans does best from full to partial sunlight. especially the red cultivars can loose their coloring if placed too dark. during summer you can give it in the garden or on the balcony. but make sure that the pot isn’t sitting in water after it has rained.

sedum rubrotinctum needs a well drained soil, a standart cactus mix or a mix between humus, sand and gritty (2:1:1) can be used.

during spring/summer it needs to be good waterd, what runs out of the pot’s hole should be removed after a few minutes. wet legs can cause rotten roots. allow to dry before watering next.

a half diluted standard or cactus fertilizer can be given monthly in spring and summer.

for blooming in spring, sedum rubrotinctum should be wintered at 10-15 °c (50-59°f). it has to be kept nearly dry and must not be fed. if placed warmer give it as much light as you can.

sedum rubrotinctum pork and beans
sedum rubrotinctum “rosea”

progation

the pork and beans can be propagated by seeds or leaf cuttings.