This is my Green Wheel succulent sitting on the counter of our 5th wheel trailer. We took it with us on a recent trip, to add some color and hominess. Continue reading
The Cotyledon tomentosa is commonly called Bear’s Paw. It’s primarily grown for its unusual bright green leaves with reddish brown markings that look like claws. Continue reading
Though commonly called Zebra Cactus, the Haworthia fasciata is a succulent, not a cactus. Continue reading
This Kitten’s Ears succulent is Over 30 years old. If you are a garden lover, then you’ll understand why a plant like this feels like part of the family. Continue reading
Aeonium arboreum is native to the Canary Islands, although the one above is growing in my front garden. My plant came from friends who no longer had room in their garden. It does quite well, most of the year, but tends to struggle in very hot weather. After doing a little reading on the habits of the aeronium, I learned that they like to be in a light place, but do not do well in full sun. Sadly I’d placed mine in full sun. Tomorrow I’ll give it a slightly shadier position in the garden. Fortunately, it’s growing in a pot, so can be moved easily. I also learned they can’t survive temperatures below 50 degrees and prefer a sandy porous soil. I like to make my own soil mixtures, and below is the recipe I use for succulents and cacti.
Cacti and Succulent Potting Mix Recipe
Two Parts Potting Soil
One Part Perlite
One Part Pumice
Place the above ingredients in a large dry container and mix well
These three ingredients are found easily in garden departments, or nurseries. It’s much less expensive to make your own mix, and all types of succulents and cacti do well with this mixture.