Saturday, May 10, 2014

New succulents for the fall

I recently went to Home Depot, looking for any new plants that I could add to the greenhouse. Surprisingly, they had a very large variety of succulents offered, many of which were native to South Africa and were never offered there before (to my knowledge). Others were succulents we once had, but the mother plants were sold off or died before propagation.

These are some pretty nifty plants, and hopefully we'll have some for sale this fall; if they aren't big enough by then (I'll be fertilizing throughout summer), you'll be able to buy them in the spring.

Zebra Plant (Haworthia fasciata). Our original died, but now I know how little water this plant needs. 

Firestorm sedum (Sedum aldophii "Firestorm"). It's always nice to add more sedum to our collection, and this one has deep red coloration, very fitting for our university. 

Haworthia venosa v. tessellata. Another cool plant from South Africa. 

Crassula "Caput Minima". It has unusually soft leaves and a tesselated appearance. 

Haworthia subspecies. Very tough leaves. 

Dwarf Ox Tongue (Gasteria liliputana). I'm not sure what ox tongues look like, but this plant looks pretty interesting. Gasteria are pretty closely related to aloe vera, but their leaves can be sturdier. 

Haworthia mirabilis mundula. Another neat Haworthia, with redder coloration. 

Lithops subspecies. Also known as the mimicry plant or living stones because they closely resemble ordinary rocks. In the wild, they receive less than two feet of rainfall a year, so they have long taproots to obtain water from deep underground. 

Plush plant (Echeveria harmsii). Similar to the panda plant with its fuzzy leaves, but its growth is more akin to that of a sedum. 

Two unknown plants from Whole Foods Market (grown in East Texas), most likely Haworthia.

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