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Hey plant peeps!

April Showers bring May flowers. In this case, they bring succulents!

This month’s box includes 4 plants that I’m super excited to bring to your collection.

A staple in any succulent collection is the beloved string of pearls. My hubbs refers to them as string of peas, frankly, he’s not wrong. Senecio rowleyanus is truly an all-time favorite for its bead-like leaves that can cascade several feet on slender, trailing stems. It is a perfect choice for hanging pots and a great addition to arrangements by providing the "spiller" component. String of pearls do best in bright, indirect sun. They do tend  to need more frequent water than most succulents, due to its slender stems. For a bountiful effect, prune long strands and place back in the pot to re-root, or just coil them without cutting, the stems will root either way. Do not plant them low in your pot, your peas, I mean pearls, need airflow to keep them from rotting, so make sure you can see your plant at the rim of your pot.This variety, as many others, are native to South Africa. In the wild, it grows as ground cover in the shade of rocky outcroppings. They are a member of Aster family and produces white, pompom flowers that smell of heavenly cloves.

Next we have a pop of color with  Kalanchoe luciae, also known as Flapjacks or Paddle Plant. Trimmed with red leaf edges especially when stressed its wide, round leaves fan out like clam shells. The color will intensify with  moderate stress from direct sun and cool temperatures (around 40F) your plant may blush from a soft pink to an intense red.Mature leaves can grow up to 6.0" wide and rosettes produce new offsets at their bases. Paddle Plant is a monocarpic plant; after several years it will produce a bloom stalk up to 3.0' tall with pale yellow, tubular flowers. The flowering rosette will die but it typically will produce a bounty of offsets. The offsets can be transplanted or left to form dense clusters. I choose this plant often for my “filler” in

Our cactus selection is Myrtillocactus geometrizans.This can grow into large shrubby cactus that can grow up to 16.5 feet tall, don’t worry, it will take a hot minute to get there! As it reaches maturity, the cactus grows branches that resemble a candelabrum, hence its other nickname "Blue Candle". I haven’t met a blue cactus that I didn’t like! This plant can be grown in full sun and will be happiest in a well draining soil.

This month’s mix has a bonus plant and something for those in cooler climates, Black sempervivums... ummm that’s what I’m calling it because that’s what was on the side of the tray! You may know these buy their more common name, hens and chicks. There are dozens of varieties of sempervivums but this one in particular appears to be a mini version. All the little rosettets are dainty and petite. Like most sempervivums these plants will not be happy in full sun conditions but rather prefer a more shady spot in your garden. These are the perfect size if you love to make fairy gardens as it will  make small dense clumps that hug the soil and not overgrow in the container.

 

I hope you enjoy your new gems!

Happy Planting!

Sonja

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