Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Kalanchoe's can be so krazy!!!!

Yeah! The majority of you were correct. The succulent picture I posted yesterday for Cactus Monday is a variety of Kalanchoe. I am not sure exactly what the name is because I think it looks different growing in the wild like this than in home cultivation.

Kalanchoe Serrata "Magic Tower."
These Kalanchoe plants are just growing all over the place in and amongst her pansy's, weeds (lol) and different color viola's. The babies just keep on falling off the edges of the leaves and replant themselves. And yes of course I took some home!

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi Purple Scallops

The Kalanchoe above has a wonderful trait that I believe quite a few of this species has. When a leaf of these plants drops on some slightly moist dirt they will develop tiny plants they will root and grow into new plants. Now most of my Kalanchoe's live in part shade during the day. Yes they get a few hours of full sun but not during the hottest time of the day. I think they will burn. They are pretty easy to grow and need to be treated like other succulents in that they need well draining soil and to water when just dry. If they start to drop lower leaves, give more water. Here are some other Kalanchoe's that I have.

Kalanchoe beharensis 'Fang'

Kalanchoe luciae also called 'Flap Jacks or Paddle Plants'

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

Kalanchoe Millotii

Kalanchoe panamensis

Kalanchoe marnieriana

Kalanchoe tubiflora Maternity plant

So there you go! There are many, many more varieties. Some look like a bouquet of flowers and some are really fuzzy. So give them a try!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Happy Cactus Monday......What is this?

I bet a lot of you will know what it is! But.......I will let you know later tonight or tomorrow! hee hee! These are growing wild at my Mother in law's house in Southern California. Here's a hint. Each of those little bumps is a tiny baby plant. Take a guess!

May our friend Judy Butler has peaceful travels to the light.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Purdy, Purdy Flower

My mother in law just celebrated her 80th birthday. We celebrated while we were at there house in South Pasadena. She received this gorgeous bromeliad.

Thank you Megan for coming up with the name. It is called Aechmea 'Del Mar'. There are over 2000 species of bromeliads! Wow! They are native to Central and South America.

Now you know that I had to take a trillion shots of this awesome flower stalk from every which angle. You never know which one will turn out cool like the one above which I love!!! he he It's so nice to be able to take tons of pictures and not worry about running out of film. And being able to see them right away and delete the yucky ones. Yes I was around before digital!!!!! LOL

Caring for these guys sounds pretty easy. Now I only have the bromeliads that are air plants so they have different care. But I read that you have to make sure that water does not sit in the pot they are in. The water should be allowed to drain out completely. It should be slightly damp and allowed to just barely dry out before adding more water. Another 1/4 cup of water should go in the cup. But watch this to make sure the water does not get icky and inner leaves look a yucky color. Then get the water out and let to dry out. Also the leaves should be kept clean of dust and sprayed with water every once in awhile.

I tried to get a close up of the individual flowers. They were so awesome. I wonder if each one opened more to reveal more tiny flowers. I think I'll have to call my mother in law to find out. Oh No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The End or should I say the Top!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Happy Prickly Cactus Monday

This work of art is called Opuntia neoargentina!

This Happy Cactus Monday I think I'm going to do a full blog post since I haven't done one in quite a few days. This post will mostly be about Opuntia cactus. So HCM everyone!

Opuntia are also called "Prickly Pear" or "Nopal" cactus. In Mexico the fruit of the prickly pad is called "Tuna". There are about 200 species of opuntia "I thought there were more".

This is one of two Prickly's that are huge against my back fence. Don't be jumpin our fence cause you will be in the hospital. I have to trim them twice a year. They grow really fast and I planted them with only two pads each about 6 years ago. Wow! To start a new prickley from another all you need is one pad. You wait for the cut part to harden off (about a week) then put 1/3 of it in soil. Some take longer to root than others but they are easy to start.

Opuntia engelmannii var subarmata

I love this prickly so much. It is in the front of my house in a planter running the length of my garage. It grows really slow but the pads get huge. They are about the size of dinner plates if not bigger. This is last year's photo and this year it only got 2 new pads. It get's huge fruit that are bright and red. I think I posted one before on HCM.

Opuntia Microdasys

You do not want to mess with this one. It looks soft and cuddly but each of those cute dots has 100's of teeney tiny spines. They are hard to get out of your fingers because they are hard to see.

Opuntia microdasys var rafida
These are really small, haven't seen a bloom yet.

This is Opuntia Santa rita blooming. One of my favorites.

This is a pretty blue one that has a lot of growth this year. I don't know the name though and wish I did. I may have to post to Flickr and see if anyone knows the name. There are practically no spines on this one but they are there and sooooo teeney!

Another with elongated pads flowering! Thanks to Teri we have a name for this one it's : Opuntia engelmannii var. linguiformis or Cow's tongue!

Another one with no name that I got from a friend.

Opuntia vestita

I have a couple more but I don't have good pictures of them yet. So maybe later I will post them for you. Hope you enjoy these. If you have any questions just ask and hopefully I will be able to answer them for you! Enjoy!