October Succulent Subscription Box

October Succulent Subscription Box

Happy Fall Y’all!!

Love, love, LOVE the plants I found this month!

Once again its time for an air plant in your box and this month is a real winner! One of my favorites, tillandsia Streptophylla. This is a must have for any collector. The great thing about this plant it it’s not shy to tell you when it needs to be watered. In drier conditions you will notice the leaves will curl up tightly. These tight curls will stretch out and lengthen with higher humidity and watering. This plant is susceptible to rot if water is left inside the core of the plant so shaking out and not submerging fully is highly recommended. As with all air plants provide an area with bright but indirect light and display in an area with airflow.... put the glass jars away!!!

Tillandsia streptophylla

Our succulent this month is a moonstone, Pachyphytum oviferum. Native to Mexico your moonstones can grow in soil to a height of up to 10 cm and spreads around to 30 cm maximum around the soil as well. Stems are white and bare up to 15 leaves. They are coated with a light farina to protect them from the harsh rays of the sun.

The leaves have a varying color combination – they can be vary from blueish- purple or a faded blue-green. Flowers come in winter and early spring. The petals are red-orange while the sepals have the same pigmentation as the leaves.

The leaves are JUICY on these little plants and may fall off during transport but keep them around for propagation and it should yield you a sweet little offset.

Moonstone succulent

Our cactus this month is a darling Mammillaria polythele is a single-stemmed plant that grows up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall and up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. The stem is dull green to dark bluish-green and covered by crowded tubercles, bearing 2 to 4 spines. It sports cute flowers that are rose to pinkish purple, up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) long, up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) in diameter, and appear in summer in a ring around the top of the stem. The fuzzy white wool on top is NOT mealy bugs!!! It just the way the plant grows, you can put the bug treatment away!!

Mammalaria polythele

And finally the little bonus this month is a sample of the new soil in the shop, if you mix your own this is the consistency I recommend you shoot for. It drains really well and promotes hearty root growth. It’s a combination of compost, sand, lava rock and pumice.

 

Happy Planting!!

Sonja

 

 

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