ornithogalum dubium – sun star

the genus ornithogalum is a member of the scilloideae subfamily within the asparagaceae (formerly cyacinthaceae) and contains approx. 210 members. the sun star (ornithogalum dubium) is native to south africa and available flowering in orange or yellow. ornithogalum dubium care –>

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.