Welcome to a brand new year of growth and greenery! January is here, and so are our exclusive plant picks for this month's subscription box. As we kick off 2024, let's dive into the unique characteristics and care tips for the delightful trio of Crassula Moonstone, Blue Myrtle Cactus, and Tillandsia Rubra.
Origin: Crassula Moonglow were first introduced in 1958 by Johnson Cactus garden. They are a cross between Crassula deceptor and Crassula perfoliata Var. Minor. Moonglows are a stemmed variety with velvety, stacked leaves of silvery green. This slow grower makes a great houseplant and can eventually reach 8.0" tall. Though not a predictable bloomer, 'Moonglow' can flower in late winter with clusters of tiny pink blossoms.
Size: With proper care, this succulent can reach heights of up to 8”. It propagates easily from cuttings and is a winter grower.
Light: Provide bright, indirect light for at least 6 hours a day. A spot near a south or west-facing window is ideal.
Soil: Use a well-draining cactus mix to prevent overwatering and root rot.
Pro Tip: Allow the soil to dry out completely between watering sessions. Remember, overwatering is the number one enemy of succulents!
Blue Myrtle Cactus
Origin: Hailing from the arid regions of Mexico, the Blue Myrtle Cactus (Myrtillocactus geometrizans) is a striking succulent with captivating blue-green stems.
Size: As this cactus matures, it can grow up to 20 feet tall in its natural habitat. Don't worry, though—indoors, it tends to stay much more manageable.
Light: These cacti thrive in bright, direct sunlight. A sunny windowsill or a spot with filtered sunlight is ideal.
Soil: Use a well-draining cactus mix, and consider adding perlite for extra aeration.
Pro Tip: Rotate the cactus occasionally to ensure even exposure to sunlight and encourage symmetrical growth.
Origin: Tillandsia Rubra, also known as the Red Air Plant, is native to Central and South America. These epiphytes are known for their unique ability to absorb nutrients and moisture from the air.
Size: Tillandsias vary in size, and the Rubra can grow up to 6-8 inches in height.
Light: Bright, indirect light is ideal. These plants thrive in filtered sunlight.
Soil: No soil needed! Air plants absorb nutrients through their leaves. Simply mist them 2-3 times a week.
Pro Tip: Ensure good air circulation around your Tillandsia. After watering, shake off excess water to prevent stagnation in the leaves.
This month's plant subscription is a curated celebration of diverse textures, shapes, and shades of green. Whether you're a seasoned plant parent or just starting your green journey, these January selections promise to bring joy and tranquility to your space.
I wish you nothing but great plants an no mealies in 2024!!