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I’m super excited about the darling plants I was able to find. As mentioned in the listing, my focus is more on the plants than the container they may come in. That’s totally the case this month.
Variegated Crassula Perforata
I haven’t met a Crassula I didn’t like and Variegated Crassula Perforata is one of my favorites. Also known as String of Buttons, this is a striking and unique plant both in form and color. Stacks of green, cream, and red triangular leaves can grow to 12" long. Older leaves tend to be less variegated with the brightest colors on new growth. String of Buttons succulent needs protection from frost and grows well indoors and is easily propagated. This plant is a wonderful addition to arrangements and will add a stunning spilling effect. It can also be pruned for a more compact look.
Care: Soft succulents will not survive a hard frost, but if there is a risk of freezing temperatures, they can be brought indoors to grow on a sunny window sill or under a grow light. They need bright sunlight, great drainage, and infrequent water to prevent rot. For the health of your plant, use containers with drainage holes and use a well draining succulent and cactus medium, a 6 part potting soil mix to 4 parts, such as coarse sand, pumice, or perlite. Water deeply enough for water to run out of the drainage hole. Then wait for the soil to fully dry before watering again. If you live in more dry areas of the country or your pots dry out very quickly, consider adding more organic material. If, on the other hand, your climate is very humid and wet, add more inorganic material to speed drainage.
Opuntia Consolea Rubescens
How would you like a cactus tree? How about two? Ok, it’s going to take a minute to turn into a tree, but the potential is there! Also lovingly known as Road Kill, I assume because it’s flat as a pancake. This cactus can reach 20 ft - again it’s going to be a hot minute. This is a dark green [almost black] paddle cactus and mercifully at this stage, it seems to have no spines. I would still caution that anything with “Opuntia” always makes me think of little tiny spines, so handle with care. Easily propagates from cuttings and you may be rewarded with orange blooms in spring and summer. Flowers turn to fruit and these happen to have a “limey” taste to them.
Care: These particular varieties will not tolerate overwatering, and while they will come in a small pot, I recommend repotting in a soil medium suited for the home grower and not the nursery. A good starting point is a ratio of 50-50 organic to inorganic material. Use a pot with a drainage hole. I cannot recommend enough terra cotta as a choice pot.
I mean, how could I not send one of my favorites in the first box? And a large established one at that!
Caput-medusae, originating from Mexico and Centeral America, is aptly named for the leaves that take a similar shape to that of Medusa's hair. It is very similar to bulbosa in terms of care with the exception that caput-medusae can tolerate higher levels of light. When in bloom, and depending on light conditions, you may see the bracts turn red (high light) or stay green (low light) it will produce a purple flower. It’s ideal for both indoors and outdoors during mild and warm weather.
Care: Spray or dunk once a week and allow to dry within 6-8 hours.
I hope you enjoy adding these plants in your collection. Chosen for their sizes, and unique features, you have pieces of me as well. I never buy a plant I wouldn’t keep for myself. I hope they bring you joy as you tend to them and learn what makes them happy and hopefully propagate and share them with others.