Succulents – my first attempt


Well today I had a go at planting my first succulents. As mentioned here, I have discovered these little plants (apparently there is a bandwagon and I am on it) and that I wanted to have a go at growing some.  So over the course of the last 2 weeks, I have been buying a couple of plants and yesterday we visited our local nursery to get some succulent specific soil and a pot.

I have no idea if I got decent plants or easy/hard ones to grow. Two are from the local hardware store nursery and the other three are from my local nursery. They cost between $5.95 to $6.95 and two of them I have no idea as to what they are as they were labelled as just Succulents. Tells me a lot???  Hubbie reckons I will kill them all. Humph I can grow things.

(I also thought this would be a good time to practice using my 50mm lens. God I hate this lens.  I just can’t get it to take decent photos. Obviously it is me, not the lens per say, so a bit more homework & practice is required. I also don’t have a great location for taking photos so the back step it was.)

The first one didn’t come with a tag, but I do know it is called a paddle plant or flapjack plant (Kalanchoe thyrsiflora).  I think this thing can grow big.. better keep an eye on it.

Next one, I have no idea as to what it is but I will find out.

And the next little fellow is a Grey Organ Pipe Cactus and he can grow up to 2 metres! Luckily his growth can be controlled by the pot size, watering and feeding.

Haworthia Mirror Ball is the next cutie.  I’ll be watching this one with interest.  I reckon some more in pots by themselves would be nice. This hybrid grows up to 8 to 10cm across. Very slow growing with a globular growth habit.

And the last little bunny is a Gasworthia Sprite. I am a bit worried about this one.  When I potted him, his roots were pretty much non existent. He also likes shade whereas the others seem to like full sun. I will need to keep an eye on him to see if he survives.

But should he grow, he will grow to 30cm across at 3 to 5 years of age. This one is cultivar between a Gasteria and a Haworthia and hopefully should produce upright flower spikes lasting many weeks in spring to summer.  Fingers crossed he survives.

Before repotting them, I gave them a bit of a drink and then placed them in the pot.  I hope the pot isn’t too shallow for them.  I want to now collect all the pots to put things in them.

Once I placed them in the pot I then covered the top with some white stone.  I want to get different kinds of this stuff and really want some natural coloured stone or whatever it is.

So I think I have caught the bug.  I would like to find an old stand of some sort to put a whole stack of them on; different pots and different plants.. excited.

Are you into these little plants? If so, do you find them addictive? I’d love to know so leave a comment below.

Now to watch them grow!!

all the best

Stefanie xx

4 May 2018