I've been encountering the same thing with watering my plants! Moving them inside and outside on different days really changes the water requirements, making watering tricky. It just takes a lot more time and effort.
Now that I'm keeping most of my plants outside always (except during storms), watering has gotten easier. Finally figuring out where to put each plant, how much to water, and if the outdoor light is too strong (1/3 of them are now staying indoors permanently).
For indoor mixes, I doubt I'll be using bark at all anymore. With grit and perlite, maybe a smidge of soil, I think I get a mix that can easily last more than a week between watering. My indoor grow area gets a fair bit of air movement and temperature swings between 22C to 35C (72F to 95F).
Rina, did I send that to you? Looks great! All of these, IMHO, are very slow growers and don't do a great job on rooting. I've had this Echeveria agavoides Ebony for over a year and can't tell it's grown much. I recently repotted into a more gritty mix in hopes of promoting better root development and growth... the jury is still out! It's in a 4" plastic pot.
Drumrolls.. My favorites among my favorites! My variegates series.. These guys are much tougher than average to care for. They burnt, they sulk, they grow unstably variegations and die - you name it, they prove it. My most challenging set of plants to grow for me thus far, but equally as rewarding as I watch them slowly grow.
22) E. Glauca Variegated
23) E. Secunda Variegated (Compton Carousel)
24) E. Subselliss Variegated
25) E. Subselliss Variegated "Morning Light"
Chuckerfly - Glad you enjoy them as much as I do. Eches are very fussy when you keep them in a humid and warm environment with stale air, they attract rot very easily that way. My best bet is keeping a fan indoors when you grow them by the window, or place them outside in a shady but windy spot.
Thanks Crenda! The show has yet to come, my Laui and Lauii hybrids are budding flowers soon. Stay tune! I'll update when they bloom.
Thanks EHH, sanjana and notsolover - the variegates are a joy and a pain at the same time. My variegated E. Agavodies stopped growing green leaves, so I had to chop off the plant and hope it grows more green. Now it's budding, but the baby leaves are still pure albino. Will update with pics shortly!
Rina - My new job is very challenging and demanding, but it'll do me better in the long run. I do try to drop by and share when I have spare time available. -- Answering your question -- A) I don't drag the water out of my pots now, I let them sit in a tray and evaporate on its own. When it's dry, I re-water. My patio is very windy, so I face more issues underwatering than overwatering. B) As for light, it gets almost 5-6 hours of direct sunlight, 8-12 hours of indirect light. I set up a shaded terrace for most of my plants, so technically they get 12 hours of indirect light a day.
Mara, Nomen - I have yet to show case my weirder looking plants. Some were from you Nomen. Your A. Bryan Makin is doing really well. I just snipped off the top to propagate and the plant is plumping up pretty well.
Here's one I got from Ken last year, it's blooming..
Update on my E. Carly Agentea's Bloom
33) E No ID (Dusty Rose?)
Thanks Rina! The containers don’t have drainage holes. I’ve been working on a semi hydro experiment with all my succulents and while my stapelias are growing like weeds in it, I don’t like the way it looks and also just read that heat+humid conditions can kill echeverias.
I think tomorrow I’ll go buy some new pots for these and the first haworthia I got, along with some new grit mix ingredients to put them in. I’ll keep them off the heat mat and under the lights, hopefully that’ll be good for them.
Do you use clay or plastic pots for your echeverias? I read that they need really good air flow so I’m wondering if clay would be best, or if that’ll let the gritty mix dry out too fast.
Most of my succulents are in plastic pots - just because they are lighter, and I am a recycler :) And because terracotta breaks much easier too. I have few terracotta pots, but do not feel there is difference - many do. I never tried semi-hydro, so can't speak of that. I have potted some plants in grit+perlite only, few in just grit and couple in perlite only. Not echeverias IIRC. It has been more than a year and they are still alive. I do not see any difference in growth (comparing same type of plants).
You are right about humidity - it gets humid outside around here in Summer. I have them all outside, and try to keep them on shallower shelves, only 1 pot deep, for air circulation.
For some reason, I do not have much luck with stapeliads...maybe I should try semi-hydro!
Kevin, I've decided to share the growth on some of my plants over the past 3-6 months.
Obviously my photo taking skills are no match to yours, but it's definitely inspired.
Echeveria Lauii x cv
Echeveria Agavodies (Variegated)
Pachyphytum Superbum and assorted cuttings
Echeveria Compressicaulis and Multicaulis
Crassula Perforata, Strings of Buttons
Echeveria Lauii (Mr Lauii)
All I can say is, I experience more exponential growth with mix in a higher inorganic mixes.
My Lauii is still in the equal parts bark/turface/gravel, the newer leaves growth never seem to grow larger. I've also experienced more casualties with the equal part mix.. Mrs Lauii was lost in that. It's such a pity because she was special and my favorite plant.
Anyway, moving forward.. next Spring, all plants will go into the newer mix, with more grits, no bark. And also gonna experiment with some loam/peat soil into the modified gritty version.
Todd - I found mine at a local family-run greenhouse. Haven't seen any at big box stores or garden centers before.
Well, winter is now over and it's time for another update on my plants! This round will be a completely new set of plants, all of which are slow growers. Sounds exciting doesn't it? Haha.
To me, they've changed a lot and come a long way. They are bigger, some have grown flatter, and nearly all have taken on a deeper colouration.
It's been a lot of fun growing my collection of 'Winter Growers' so there is definitely action year-round for me! =)
Adromischus maculatus, Antegibbaeum fissoides, Aloinopsis rosulata, Faucaria felina subsp. tuberculosa
Lithops helmutii C271, Lithops terricolor C132, Lithops terricolor C345
Titanopsis calcarea, Aloinopsis luckhoffii (setifera), Aloinopsis luckhoffii CM232
I would imagine that stem on yours is quite short? Mine is not as nicely growing as yours, one did have few mealies that I was able to get rid of. Stem is longer, also thick (probably skinnier than yours). No sign of any offsets...
The leaves look to me like haworthia leaves and seem to be as difficult to propagate from. I'm constantly saving leaves of everything, I don't know why, and these have such thin insertion points that dry up.
Aphids for sure
Thanks everyone. Hopefully I don’t see more of them. I didn’t think you could actually see aphids but good to know!
One of my Stapelia Flavopurpurea is blooming
It's been raining so much here lately that it's been difficult for me to photograph, but then I don't have that much anyway. Some plants seem to be blooming a bit late, but here's one of my Kalanchoe daigremontiana, which I have relegated to the front yard:
And here is my dark colored Aeonium
which blooms a bit later than my other Aeonium. As you can see, the aloe is putting out buds, but they might not open until next month.
Great to know about the alcohol Tan, thanks.
My two plants seem to like it under the lights too. Heat+Lights with water it seems. Looks like the side limbs are slowly making their way up taller. My two side limbs on the smaller one I have are slow but definitely growing. One is growing faster than the other it seems, a bit longer on one side like your side growths. Still really enjoying these plants, the contrast between their sculpted white base and the rubbery, weird leaves is really eye catching.
I notice on mine that it seems to show that it wants water when it's leaves droop. You notice that too? Might help with the watering schedule for you. I can tell it's not happy when it's green leaves loose their upright shape.
Just noticed your guy has three new limbs at the bottom? Looks like two on one side and a longer new growth on the other side. Going to look really crazy when it grows those side limbs more. White poissonii octopus.
Tan, don't know how warm it is where yours is located, but my soil temp is about 75-80 degrees and made my larger one explode with leaves the minute I added a good amount of water.
Hope this helps, and hopefully one day either of mine will look as awesome as yours
I will guess 7 to 10 years. This would be incredibly fast for most all of us. He uses a fertilizer system that produces monster plants in no time. It could be older, but he produces show size medusoid plants from seed in about 3 years.
Hmmm.... maybe I need to feed mine more.
Here’s a small Duvalia that opened today
Very nice plant. Just a reminder - you can post on February thread here
Oh right, my fault. Thanks for the heads up
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