Saturday, July 24, 2010

Echeverias are beautiful!

Hi everyone! I am so sorry that I have been missing in action. I went to my first physical therapy on Tuesday for my back. I was told that my back was so inflammed (after a month) that I should be off my feet and on my back with legs up. (Don't laugh) With ice on my back as much as possible. So here I sit with the computer on my legs, in my recliner (all the way back), pillows under my legs with a huge ice pack on my lower back. I get cold and have to put on a light blanket. It's in the 90's outside! LOL But he said if I want to go to Maui in August I have to do everything he says. OK!

So before we get into the succulents I have to tell you about my project. Ever since I got into succulents I have been taking photos of them. That's how I got into photography. I have thousands of photos by year. Some of the plants are named and some not. Sooooo whenever I am looking for a photo to post I have to search and search because I don't know what folder they are in. So I made a folder in my pictures called Succulents and when you click on it there are a few different folders. One of which is succulents by type or species. I have Aeonium, Echeveria's, Kalanchoe's, Sedum, Notocactus, etc. And I am putting all my photos in there respective folder. If the picture does not have a name I am trying to name it. It will be so easy to find pictures now. It is taking a lot of time but hey, what else do I have to do but watch TV.

Now on to Echeveria's. There are so many different varieties of these little beauties. And I wish I had every one. I do have a lot of them, hee hee!



This is echeveria pludonis and below is it's gorgeous bloom!



Echeveria's are pretty easy to care for and fairly pest free. They like about a half days light (mostly morning light). Try not to put them in direct afternoon sun in hotter areas of the country as they will burn.


Echeveria afterglow with blooms and friends


Make sure that you plant your echeveria's in a well draining potting soil. I buy a palm and cactus mix by Supersoil. My succulents seem to really like it. Sometimes I add a bunch of clean sand. They also like watering during there growing season (which is summer). Make sure to let the soil dry out between watering. But because they are succulents they can go many days without water. They will perk right back up when you start regular watering again. As with a lot of plants a sign that they are not getting enough water is that they will drop there lower leaves. During the winter they stop growing but a little water now and then is a good idea. Especially if you see the leaves get a little wrinkled or dropping.


Echeveria Doris Taylor 'Wooley Rose' with bloom below


Echeveria's are easily propagated. During the growing season they will produce little babies (chicks) at there base. These can be cut off and planted in there own pot. Wait about 5 to 7 days after cutting off for the cut end to harden off (this is true of all succulents when propagating) before planting to avoid rot. Ok, enough education let's see more echeveria's.

Echeveria Lola

Echeveria Spruce Oliver

Ok that is enough for now. I could show you all my pictures but I'm just teasing you for now! You will just have to wait for another Echeveria day!

11 comments:

Cindy said...

I like echeverias too. Got a couple at the cactus show this weekend. I may also have a "wooly rose" like yours too, rescued as a fallen scrap from a previous plant show!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Awesome Cindy. Can't wait to click on your link to see. Looks like I was too late with my email. Shoot!

housewife9988 said...

hi candy the echeveria pludonis that petals can be eaten right? sort like tasteless to bits of sour..

Megan said...

Hope your back gets better in time for the trip. Love the echeverias!

Mandy said...

Echeverias are another favorite! Your's are really nice too. I just picked up another 'Wooley Rose', mine wasn't growing fast enough and I needed to share with my mother. This one had several offshoots so i was able to make her a pot to take home.

Feel better and follow the doctor's orders!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thanks for the great comments everybody and yes I am being a good girl. And housewife I don't think it would be a good idea to eat the leaves. Some succulents are poisonous. Not sure about echeveria's. But safer not to take a chance. Thanks for the visit!

Julie said...

Oh, this is a grueling test, Candy!!! LOL. Your echeverias are just gorgeous! Your garden there at top of blog is so pretty too! I have never seen the echeveria pludonis...WOW is all I can say!!! Very cool! I will be looking forward to further pics from you, girlfriend!!! :)
Julie

Julie said...

P.S. Please take care of your back and get in shape for your trip! Sounds like it will be an awesome trip!!! Take care!!!

lostlandscape (James) said...

'Afterglow' has such great colors, but then I'm partial to using purple kale and cabbages as both edible and ornamental parts of the garden. I also like its more informal growth habit--once again back to cabbages... I hope your back gets lots more cooperative in time for next month. I don't remember any native succulents from there but I'm sure they're there, and Maui has at least one succulent nursery...

Anna said...

Love your site - but why on earth do you have an apostrophe after echeveria? What belongs to the echeveria?

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Sorry Anna, not the best at puncuation! Hahaha! Thanks for the head's up! Glad you like the site.