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is a Snake Plant or Mother-in-law's Tongue Sansevieria trifasciata it
likes bright to medium light and I put this one out side for the summer. It's
name also comes from its leaves that are thick, fleshy and sword-shaped. Although
they rarely bloom this one has and the one my mother had always did. The fragrance
is strong and very pleasant. Since putting it outside in the warm weather it
has done quite well. I brought it back inside when it was ready to bloom and
had to put newspaper under it to catch the dripping of the flowers, the sap
is quite sticky. It was quite a sad sight when I first got it. It now is doing
fabulous. I have also started new plants from the leaves that did not stand
upright. I've also heard that this plant needs so little light they can be grown
in a closet or a cave.This is the seedpod that grew after blooming. I've moved
part of this to the outside, where it will get some drainage water.
deep purple Gloxinia Sinningia speciosa has blossoms that are showy and
colorful, with a velvety texture and ruffled petals. It is low-growing and has
massive, fuzzy green leaves, broad as a beaver's tail. This plant may bear as
many as twenty-five or more flowers at a time. Although this one is purple,
they may be red, pink, lavender, white or a mixture. After flowering let the
leaves die back, cut off all growth, and allow it to dry out for 8 weeks and
then resume watering, and it will grow anew.
This is just one of many spider
plants Chlorophytum comosum that I have growing, unfortunately the cat
will not allow new plantlets to grow from it as she removes them as soon as
they appear. It likes more direct sunlight than most people think, medium to
high light and I allow the surface to dry out between watering. The flower and
seed pod on the right add to it's beauty.
These variegated spider
plants Chlorophytum comosum 'variegatum' love any room. The foliage is
arching and graceful, with narrow leaves of green and cream. The parent plant
sends out long slender shoots with star bursts of new plantlets which are not
allowed to grow in my home as I have a cat that removes them almost immediately.
It likes medium to high light and I allow the surface to dry before watering
This Devil's Ivy Epipremnum aureum in the center of this picture, is said to be a climber but mine grows to the floor and no two leaves are identical. It likes medium light and you can allow the surface to dry out between watering.
is Dracaena Tricolor, Dracaena Marginata it has multicolored, spiky leaves
and enjoys medium light, moist soil and a warm home temperature. It grows tall
like an abstract star, the long pointed leaves are edged in pink and red. It
survives our wide temperature swings very well.
This plant likes the morning sun and is doing fine, it is called a Philodendron scandens Parlour Ivy, or Heart shaped Philodendron. I just seem to be keeping it happy. It's some kind of Pothos and it will tolerate abuse very well. It will grow in low light, has heart shaped leaves and is a veining plant. Thanks to Terry for identifying it. Thank you!
hen-and-chicks sempervyevum is a popular succulent. I started with a
hen rosette and watched it form little chick rosettes, nested alongside the
parent plant. It grows in very high light and in a shallow pot. It has produced
these flowers this summer and they are a very pale yellow. It is a perfect present
for a young budding green thumb. I have different kinds of these, but this is
the first to bloom.
are more hen-and-chicks sempervyevum and they also grow in very high
light and in a shallow pot.
Painted Lady echeveria derenbergii has clustering small rosettes with
orange flowers. Lipstick red leaf edges in proper light. It likes bright light
or full sun and to be drenched thoroughly and allowed to dry.
Jade Plant Crassula argentea is dependable and undemanding, it is a succulent
and can store water in its thick fleshy leaves, which allows it to survive quite
a while between watering. This plant has never produce flowers although it could
produce a small white or pink one in summertime. It will stay small when in
a small container or can grow to 4 foot or more when in a large container. Mine
have adapted to a window sill and do quite well there. They get morning sun
and like to be near a bright east or south window. If it produces flowers I'll
put the pictures on here. A fallen leaf put on dry soil and left alone produced
these new babies at left.
weird looking jade, Crassula Hobbit has the neatest looking leaves they
are fat and have an indentation at the end of each leaf. We have this in an
eastern window and it grows quite well. I let the pot dry out between watering.
Thanks to Nelson for identifying it. Thank you!
is another jade, Crassula argentea, it is a little different from the
other one of that name I have, it has purple bottoms to the leaves, I received
a bunch of different mystery jades that are doing great. It has shot up and
has branches now at the top. Thanks to Terry for identifying it. Thank you!
is another of the mystery jades, Crassula I received, it has grown quite
tall and has branched out at the top.
mystery jade, Crassula.
is Crassula Pagoda also known as Haworthia reinwardtii, it is a neat
plant that is stacked high. This is not a very big plant. Thank you Daniel for
your help in identifying it!
is a Burro's Tail Sedum Morganianum it is native to Mexico, but has long
been a favorite hanging plant. The thick bluish-green foliage is so dense it
covers the stems of the plant completely. The unusual leaves on the cascading
stems resemble and animal's tail and common names for it include donkey's tail,
horse's tail, and lamb's tail. It is an amusing and endearing hanging plant
that is a delight to have. It likes very high light and we have ours in an eastern
window sill. It tolerates varied degrees in temperature from 50 to over 90 here
in our area. We water thoroughly, then allow the potting mixture to dry before
watering again. I fertilized it with a solution of high nitrogen fertilizer,
and do that every 3 months. The leaves break off easily, so try and avoid placing
the plant in areas where wind or people will brush against it. You can start
new plants by putting the fallen leaves into a pot of dry soil, and spraying
it lightly with water about every two weeks. These plantlets on the left have
been growing for almost 6 months.
This succulent has a flower like a "Bird-of-Paradise", it is called Pedilanthus
macrocarpus. It belongs to Euphorbiaceae family and it lives in México.
It is outside in the sun during the spring and summer and protected once cold
weather comes. Most of it grows straight up, and it was very hard to root, I
have had to start over with this plant and brought it inside for the winter,
not taking any chances with it. In the center is the main plant and it's at
least 17 years old. Pedilanthus macrocarpus is a very interesting member
of the Euphorbiaceae from Sonora and Baja California, Mexico. In a pot it produced
many of the unusual flowers depicted in the photograph and is also suppose to
produce quite a lot of seeds being wasp pollinated, this I haven't seen. A lot
of the stems reaching over 6 feet . I've been told to prune it heavily. Thank
you to Iñigo for identifying it!
succulent not only has beautiful light green leaves, but as in the picture to
the right has the daintiest of yellow flowers it is called a Ghost Plant. Thanks
Peni for telling us it's name. Thank you!
This is a new plant to my collection, it isCrasulaceae sp d Sedum
is a new plant to my collection, it is Graptopetalum Parafuayense
This is a new plant to my collection, it is Andromischus Coopers
one is x Pachyveria sp.
This one is Senecio Articulatus = Kleimia Articulata.
This is a new plant to my collection, it is Senecio Stapeluformis
This is a new plant to my collection, it is Ledefduira Socialis.
This Medicinal Aloe, Aloe Barbadensis is an easy to grow succulent and is known as the "burn plant" because the juice in its thick swollen leaves helps to soothe and heal cuts and burns. A native of South Africa, it is a member of the lily family. It can send up a tall, slender flower stalk covered with tiny yellow flowers. Likes high light, water thoroughly and then allow to almost dry out before watering again. Gel from the cactus-like leaves of the aloe plant has been valued for its curative powers since prehistoric times, when ancient South African cave dwellers depicted it in paintings. Rubbing aloe on skin to soothe minor burns, treat infections, and moisturize patches parched by dry air remains a mainstream treatment to this day. A study on psoriasis found that aloe produced good results — with the difference still noticeable a year after treatment stopped. In addition, research suggests aloe may stimulate immunity and inhibit viruses.
South African Candelabra Aloe, Aloe Arborescensis a thorny, treelike
plant that grows upward with thickened, rounded branches. It is very decorative,
and further enhanced by delicate gray green leaves edged with straw-colored
spines. If grown in high light, it may send up a long flower stalk in late winter,
with clusters of bright scarlet flowers. It needs plenty of space and likes
a dry heated area, it can grow to 5 feet. It should be watered thoroughly and
then allowed to dry before being watered again. It can tolerate 45 degrees and
likes a temperature of between 60 and 85. Three years and 3 feet taller and
this flower is beginning to show it's beauty. It is January here. It took a
month, but here is the pale red flowers
Aloe sends up the longest stem about 2 feet tall and the neatest flowers.
aloe, Aloe mitriformis it has sharp red "teeth" on the margins and undersides
of its leaves. I tried to grow it unsuccessfully outside. It likes very high
light and to be watered thoroughly and then allowed to dry out before watering
again. It has never bloomed and so I have no idea what blooms might be like.
Panda-Bear Plant Kalanchoe Tomentosa is grown for its furry foliage
It is a whimsical succulent from Madagascar, with pump grey-green leaves covered
in fine white felt. Each leaf looks like a panda paw thus it's name. Shapes
and sizes of Kanachoes vary. It is said to be ideal for a child and easy to
care for. I likes medium light and for the soil to dry out between watering.
A fallen leaf put on dry soil, brought about the baby plant to the left.
one just got repoted and is doing GREAT.
Echeveria is similar to a Panda-Bear plant, with it's furry foliage. This
succulent stores water in it's leaves. This one appears ready to bloom, so pictures
of the flowers will be up here soon.
is Echeveria Flammea and it has grown much taller since I took this picture.
The tips of it's leaves are a pretty red and the center of the plant is very
is Haworthia Altalineata, is appears to be from the aloe family in it growth.
tiny red flowers top the Kalanchoe scapigera , to make it a very nice
succulent to grow.
Desert Rose Adenium obesum has a remarkable growth pattern. Put in a
pot and it will quickly develop an enlarged lower stem section, completely out
of proportion to its modest height. It has a smooth, light tan bark, and leaves
concentrated near the tips of the branches. Bright pink to red funnel-shaped
flowers are borne near the branch tips. It likes medium to high light and needs
to dry between waterings and also when the temperature drops it needs to be
believe this is Starfish Flower Stapelia gigantea. It has been an experience,
it falls over when it doesn't have enough water, and although it always looks
like there are going to be lots of flowers, the blooms don't seem to last after
the first one opens up.
Other plants, cactus
and information found on our web site.
Cactus Cholla Cactus Christmas
Desert Cactus Cultivation Epiphyllum Hedgehog
Cactus Hybrid Cactus
Mystery Cactus Night
Blooming Cactus Pincushion Cactus
Prickly Pear Cactus Saguaro
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