Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Plant flowering
Blooming Aloe Vera Plant

Aloe Vera is one of my favorite succulents to have in the garden. It will thrive pretty much anywhere as long as the soil is well drained. Aloe Vera rarely needs to be watered, give it a good soaking and then let the soil dry out between watering.  It has many health benefits and the easiest way to use Aloe Vera is to just snap off a leaf when you need it and rub on the gel. Use it fresh, or it stores it in the fridge for up to a week. Its a nice little burn cream to have on hand.

Bulbine Frutescens

Bulbine frutescens
Bulbine Frutescens

Bulbine Frutescens blooms in the spring and is dormant during the summer season. It can be propagated easily by cutting the stems and plant immediately in a shady spot. It is similar to many aloe species, and is touted for the similar healing properties as Aloe Vera such as to ease burns, rashes and itches. It grows naturally in South Africa, we got ours as a bonus plant in a 6 pack of succulents.

Mother of Thousands Succulent

This succulent can resist drought, but she will perform better when regularly watered. She does need good drainage and is best potted in a commercial cactus soil mix. The succulent needs sunlight but avoid growing in the full sun. Propagators will love this plant but it can get out of control if not tended to on a regular basis. Mother of Thousands forms tiny plants on the edges of its leaves that drop off and root new little plants.

Mother of Thousands succulent
Mother of Thousands