Aeonium ‘Kiwi’ more commonly known as Kiwi Aeonium. This succulent grows quickly. It is very vibrant and colorful. When it has a little bit of sun, the leaves in the center are yellow and then darken into green towards the outside of the rosette. The edges of the leaves can be pink or red. This succulent adds beautiful colors to the garden all year. Sometime in late summer they can produce yellow flowers.
Aeoniums do not like dry or hot weather. They may go into dormancy in summer and may not require any water unless it is very dry conditions. Sometimes when it is extremely hot, their leaves might curl to prevent water loss. Growing them in moist shade seems to keep them happy in the summer time. Their growth season happens to be winter to spring. When temperatures are cool and damp. Only water them when their soil has dried out during wintertime. It’s the same with all succulents; they do not like their roots sitting in wet soil. It will cause root rot.
Remember to use fast draining soil. Buy a succulent and cactus soil or create your own fast drain soil. If you have regular potting soil, then just amend it. You can add sand, gravel and perlite to make the soil drain faster.
The best way to propagate the Kiwi Aeonium is by stem cuttings. 3 – 6 inches is the best size for the cuttings. Allow the cutting to calluses over then place in soil. In a few weeks the cutting will grow roots. Be patient. Each cutting takes its own time to root. They can also be propagated by seeds or even by division. Allow the new plants to form a root system before you add them to the garden. I would grow them in a shady area until they produce several sets of leaves. Then acclimate them to full sun. If you don’t they will burn from being in the shade.
Senecio Caposus is commonly known as Silver Coral.. This succulent is native to South Africa. It forms cobweb like rosettes of long silver leaves. The leaves are crowded and are almost banana shaped The young leaves have a bright silver felt like coating that seems to shed as they grow older and uncover a green leaf underneath. It reminds me of a snake or lizard shedding their skin. The silver coating serves to reflect the sunlight. It helps prevent overheating and burning.
It can grow and form large mats like a ground cover when growing in its natural habitat. They are great in rock gardens. The flowers are bright yellow and look like little daisies.
Same as all succulents they like porous soil with adequate drainage. They prefer full sun or the light shade of other plants. Only water when Soil is dry to the touch. They need less water in the winter months and protected from the frost.
They are best propagated from stem cuttings. They can be taken at any time of the year. But they seem to root faster when taken in spring or summer. They need to be dried out completely before being planted in well-drained soil. Rooting should start showing in 4-6 weeks.
Succulents are some of the most unique plants I have ever come across. And I want all of them. I understand that is totally a unrealistic desire. But I really do want all of them. I mean I do know it is humanly impossible for me to have every single type of succulent growing on this beautiful planet of ours. But I am going to have as many of them as I can possibly fit in my yard. I collect them from every where that I go. And one day I will eventually have a very large collection of these unique plants that thrive on neglect.
People gift me with cuttings of succulents from where ever their travels have taken them. I just love it when my friends and family come home from visiting some where and they bring back succulent cuttings. I am thankful that they encourage this succulent addiction of mine and share their cuttings with me. Most times I take the cuttings that I get from them and place them all in the same pot. Once they grow in I have beautiful succulent arrangements from their journey.
I can not even go inside of a store and buy soil without purchasing at least one succulent. And lets get real. Who truly makes it out of the store buying just one succulent. I even collect the leaves. Broken pieces. I am that weird girl picking up random leaves off the ground in the local nursery stores. And I know I am not alone with this thing I do. There are thousands of other weird people across the globe picking up succulent leaves from the ground of their local nursery.
If you are like me and just can not get enough of these beautiful plants. Then we have probably joined one of the same succulent groups across Facebook. The groups are the next level with this addiction. My Facebook feed is constantly filled with other peoples succulents. Some of these succulents I would not know even existed if it wasn’t for these amazing groups. And everyone in the groups are so grateful to meet other people who also love succulents as much as they do. There really is so much beauty, knowledge and love being shared in these groups.
I have started mailing plants in the mail. Rolling them up in some tissue and sending them off in a padded envelope or box. This week alone I have already mailed my Mother of Thousands babies to people in ten different states. I now have a P.O. Box so that strangers can send me envelopes and postage and in return I send them tiny plants. The lady working at the post office gave me her number. She wants to start doing succulent trades as well. She doesn’t have the Mother of Thousands plant. But she does have the pink Mother of Millions plant. And I do not have that plant. The line at the post office begins to back up a little as we quickly discuss our shared love of succulents.
Succulents are really gaining in popularity. They seem to be everywhere. They can almost grow in and on everything. I have even seen people wearing them even on their fingernails! Everything could be a potential succulent arrangement. As does many others. If you have a friend or family member who also loves these strange plants that do not like to be over watered. Bring them back a succulent cutting from where ever you go. They will appreciate that you thought of them while you were away.
I created a broken terracotta arrangement over the summer. I saw so many broken pot arrangements and fairy gardens being posted all over the internet. And I wanted to create one myself. I had a bunch of broken terracotta pots that were behind the shed in the back yard. I have now placed those broken pieces into a bucket for safe keeping. 🙂
I took a piece that was broken in half but still had the bottom attached and put some soil in it. I then took another piece and stood it up and added soil to the front of the piece and the back. I took two more broken pieces and added them on top of the soil and then added more soil to the front and back of them. I then took a really small piece of the broken terracotta and placed it at the bottom to stop the soil from falling out.
I went to my propagation area and picked out a bunch of little pups and placed them in random spots all around the soil. I then went and picked out a few river rocks from my rock collection. I added a crystal quartz. I tried to place the crystal in the center. Then I began sprinkling some crushed rose quartz and purple amethyst on top of the soil. I still didn’t think it was finished. So I added a couple small sea shells and a tiny broken piece of ceramic that I found in the river.
I like to use the pups from my leaf propagation area instead of bigger cuttings in this type of creation. Because I really enjoy watching the succulents grow and fill in the arrangements I make. I plan on making more of these broken terracotta pots. I collected all the broken pieces from behind the shed and now have a half of a 5 gallon bucket filled. I like to reuse as much stuff as possible.
I love to go into nature as much as possible. I enjoy collecting rocks, driftwood, sea shells, twigs feathers. Anything that catches my eye. I enjoy combining those little treasures that I collect with my succulents. Every arrangement I create has a little bit of an adventure inside them.
I ordered a greenhouse the other day. It finally arrived. I am so excited. It is a 3-tier shelf hexagonal walk in greenhouse. It is 6.4′ in diameter and 7.4′ in height. It is made of PVC covering over a powder coated steel frame. All the pieces had letters on them. We just made little piles of everything. We read the directions and went step by step as we slowly put it together. It took us about an hour to put it all together.
The zipper door will allow easy access to my plants. It will also be great for ventilation. I plan on leaving the door open most of the time. I will only close it due to extreme cold. I am a little bit nervous about how well it will hold up in a wind storm. I am going to tie it to the fence line and I did order a extra anchor set just to be safe. It is suppose to protect plants from extreme heat and extreme cold.
I am hoping to be able to put a lot of my succulents in this for the winter. I still have a lot of decisions to make regarding who will be residing in this greenhouse through out the winter months.
I have created a little area on my patio that I call my propagation station. I like to use saucers that normally sit under a pot. I fill them with soil and I put leaves all over them. Then I sit them on a table and leave them alone. Every now and then I will squirt them with a squirt bottle. But you do not really have to do that. The leaf will provide water to the pup until it shrivels up and dies. Once the pups begin to grow bigger I put them into a tiny pot. Then I place them into a tiny green house. Once they establish themselves with a nice little root ball I move them into a bigger pot with other little succulents. When I create my succulent arrangements I use the little succulents from the pot of many.
I just love to propagate succulents. I think its really amazing that you can reproduce a new tiny plant just from a leaf. I mean you can even accidentally break a stem and place it in soil and it will grow roots. Just like magic another plant forms. The tiny plants growing from the leaves are called pups and the broken stem i mentioned is considered a stem cutting. I normally let the stem cutting sit for a couple days so that it forms a callous. Once it has callused I place it into soil and it will eventually form roots. Be patient sometimes it takes a while for roots to form.
Every time I go to my local hardware store i check out the floor of the nursery and pick up the random succulent leaves that seem to always be on the floor. I always ask whoever is working what they do with them and they always say we sweep them up and throw them away. Then I ask if I can have them. They always give me a weird look and say sure. I mean I cant help but see a leaf and think of the future plant that it can be.