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How To Care For Your Cacti & Succulents

BASIC CULTURE

Light: Bright or filtered light.
Water: (Outdoors) During warmer months, water once a week, or when soil is near drying. Some succulents may have to be watered more often. Check soil for dryness by pushing your finger or a stick into the soil. If the soil feels cool or damp, there is still moisture in the soil. During winter months, water once a week or when soil is dry. Continue reading “How To Care For Your Cacti & Succulents”

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Thriving Tillandsias

Thriving Tillandsias
The bright foliage and vibrant blooms of these plants bring a fresh, tropical atmosphere to your home. The first question you might ask is, “What is a Tillandsia?” Unlike bromeliads, Tillandsias are air plants, which means they can absorb nutrients through their leaves, thus these unusual plants require no soil or other medium to thrive. Tillandsias prefer light conditions, sufficient ventilation, and daily misting in areas of low humidity. Although hardy and low-maintenance, Tillandsias need to be protected from frost conditions. Continue reading “Thriving Tillandsias”

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Hoya kerri “Sweetheart Hoya”

Hoyas are adaptable, climbing plants found in South East Asia through Australia. The majority grow as vines to shrubs. Most are epiphytic or plants that grow on another plant, like a tree. One Hoya in particular is a good choice for beginner gardeners who prefer low maintenance plants. With its beautiful heart-shaped leaves, the Hoya kerri is commonly known as “Sweetheart Plant” or “Sweetheart Hoya.” This unique Hoya has succulent leaves that cascade to long, twinning stems. There are many varieties of Hoya kerri such as the variegated version called Hoya kerri “Variegata” or “Variegated Heart Leaf Wax flower.” Hoya kerri has clusters of pink blossoms, which are beautiful, waxy, tough flowers that last throughout the spring and summer. Continue reading “Hoya kerri “Sweetheart Hoya””

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Agave attenuta

Lacking the spines that most Agaves possess, the Agave Attenuata has 2 feet wide leaves that are soft green or gray green. The leaves are somewhat translucent with no spines. Originating from Mexico, the Agave Attenuata grows well in partial sun and will tolerate seaside conditions. In the spring the Agave Attenuata blossoms into greenish yellow on spikes that can reach between 12-24 feet long. It can be grown in moist or dry soils (looks best with regular watering) but, it will not take frosts below 28 °F. Continue reading “Agave attenuta”