February Subscription Box
As with all things in February, this month’s subscription box is full of love!
Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata ‘Sunrise’
I am BANANAS over the color of this sweet little plant!
This variegated succulent has pink, magenta and green leaves. As the rosettes grow, they can creep outwards as a mat in rock gardens, or in container gardens it trails over the edge, making it great for arrangements. In summer, you will be rewarded with long peduncles (new favorite word for flower stalks) and violet flowers. Attractive, white filament-like hairs are present along the stems adding another layer of texture. No freaking out that it’s mealie bugs. It’s supposed to be there! This is the largest of all the Anacampseros species. Hardiness zone 9-11.
This variety is winter dormant and should be kept completely dry during the winter months. From early spring onwards, the plant will begin to grow and watering should be increased gradually until late spring when the plant should be in full growth mode. Water regularly during the active growth cycle so long as the plant pot is allowed to drain and not sit in a tray of water - it will be happy. Don’t get the body of the plant wet while exposed to sunlight, as it can easily burn, create scars or even fungal infections. From late summer, watering should be reduced to force the plant to go in to a state of semi dormancy. By autumn, you should be back in to the winter watering regime. Keep dry with ample airflow in winter (but for outdoors cultivation, it is somewhat resistant to wet conditions too if grown in very draining substrata). In the rest period, no high atmospheric humidity!! Care must be taken with watering as they tend to become swollen and untidy in growth habit if given too much water and shade.
What a score! Through a little haggling, I managed to save these cuttings from being planted into 6” pots. This is a gorgeous opalescent rosette and super low-maintenance. This plant will do well in partial sun. It will be a powdery blue-green with a pink blush and a nice covering of farina. Moving it into sunnier conditions will bring out the pink blush on the leaf edges. Its distinctive leaves stay fairly upright and can grow into an 8.0" wide rosette.
This is a relatively fast grower and will produce clusters of offsets at the base of the mother rosette. It thrives in sunny locations and pots and soil with excellent drainage. Water deeply and only when the soil is completely dry.
Over time, it can grow trailing, bare stems up to 8.0" under each rosette. Fortunately, 'Opalina' is easy to propagate and will stay compact with a quick trim. With a sharp, clean pair of scissors, cut a stem just below the rosette. Leave the rosette in a cool, dry place for 3-5 days so the cut can dry and callus. Re-plant the rosette in gritty soil and water regularly until it establishes roots.
This cutting just needs to be poked in some well draining soil. It should show signs of new root growth within a few weeks - just in time for spring.
Parodia scopa - Silver Ball Cactus
A cute globose to cylindrical cactus with bright white areoles and spines. The stems are lined with 30-40 ribs of low tubercles. It boasts large, yellow flowers at the stem. This variety is native to Paraguay and Brazil. Mature plants can reach 20.0" tall and 4.0" in diameter, occasionally forming clusters.
This cactus variety will not survive a hard frost, but if there is a risk of freezing temperatures, it can be brought indoors to grow on a sunny window sill or under a grow light. Pick containers with drainage holes and use well draining soil mix with 70% or more mineral grit, such as coarse sand, pumice, or perlite. Water deeply and wait for the soil to completely dry out before watering again.
I hope you enjoy this month’s selection! You get to enjoy these without the guilt of calories!