Our December Subscription Plant Collection is here and I’m thrilled to bring you a curated selection of unique and stunning plants to brighten up your winter days. This month, we are thrilled to showcase three remarkable plants: Echeveria Lilacina, Aloe haworthioides, and Cereus forbesii. Each of these plants has its own distinct beauty and charm, and we're excited to provide you with the essential care information to help you nurture them into thriving, vibrant specimens.
Echeveria Lilacina (Ghost Echeveria):
Origin: Echeveria Lilacina, also known as Ghost Echeveria, hails from the arid regions of Mexico. Its mesmerizing, pale-blue leaves form rosettes that resemble flower petals, creating an enchanting display.
Light: Provide bright, indirect sunlight for at least six hours a day. If growing indoors, place the Echeveria Lilacina near a south or west-facing window.
Soil: Use well-draining cactus or succulent mix to prevent waterlogging and promote healthy root development.
Watering: Allow the soil to dry out completely between watering sessions. Water sparingly during winter months when the plant is in dormancy.
Origin: Aloe haworthioides, a captivating succulent, is native to South Africa. Its striking rosettes of spiky, toothed leaves make it an eye-catching addition to any collection.
Light: Aloe haworthioides thrives in bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some direct sunlight but should be protected from intense afternoon sun.
Soil: Use a well-draining succulent or cactus mix to ensure optimal growth. A slightly acidic to neutral pH is ideal.
Watering: Allow the soil to dry out between watering, and water more sparingly during the dormant winter period. Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogged roots.
Cereus forbesii (Peruvian Apple Cactus):
Origin: Cereus forbesii, commonly known as the Peruvian Apple Cactus, originates from South America. This tall, columnar cactus features ribbed stems and, under the right conditions, produces stunning white flowers and not to mention the fruit is delicious! These can on occasion spiral as it’s from the same seed batch as the spiral cactus I sell in the shop.
Light: Provide full sunlight for at least six hours daily. This cactus thrives in bright, direct sunlight. However these have been greenhouse grown so introduce them to sun slowly so that they don’t burn!
Soil: Plant in a well-draining cactus mix with added sand or perlite to enhance drainage.
Watering: Allow the soil to dry out between watering, but water more generously during the active growing season (spring and summer). Reduce watering in the dormant period (fall and winter).
We hope you enjoy the December Subscription Plant Collection and find joy in caring for these unique plants. Remember, understanding the specific needs of each plant, including their origin, dormancy, light, soil, and watering requirements, is crucial for their well-being. Happy Planting and Happy Holidays!