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Descent into Dormancy A desert rose that drops its leaves in autumn is probably just entering dormancy, a natural part of its life cycle. The plant must be kept quite dry during that period, so it’s best to grow it in a container rather than in the ground where winters are wet. That way, you can move it under an overhang or take it to a sunny spot indoors to protect it from rain while it remains leafless. A large plant, such as one in a 20-inch pot, shouldn’t require any water at all for its three- to four-month dormant...

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Echeveria Growing Tips for Difficult Varieties such as Echeveria agavoides Romeo, Echeveria C.J.Van Keppel,  Echeveria Vincent Cato, Echeveria Longissima Aztatlensis.  Problems with Pine Bark: I have found over the last few years that “Pine Bark” and pine bark mixes are not so good for some of the difficult succulents. Especially some that rot easily. Or get fungus in their stems.Pine bark has a lot of natural fungus and bacteria in it as it’s decomposing. Also as more and more Echeveria have been tissue cultured. It has been found that many of them have very high rates of natural bacteria and...

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Overview of the Genus. History. Origin. Distribution. Some Species. Hybrids and Hybridizers. Crassula collecting: When I started growing succulents years ago my focus was really on Echeveria and Sepervivums. My Crassula then were mainly of the more well known plants. Useful and hardy but not inspiring. This changed when at a CSSA show Heinz Stroud showed a beautifully grown Crassula deceptor. I thought it was incredibly beautiful. I could not help but ask if he could spare me a piece, 3 months later he gave me my first plant. Since then I have found the smaller growing ones very difficult...

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lithops, living stones -

 Lithops their Care, + Cultivation, Growing tips: For the Southern Hemisphere. When saying what does a plant need to grow well. Its best to study a bit where it comes from or grows endemically. Lithops home is in SW South Africa, A very dry area of grasslands and rocky hills. They grow from sea level to a thousand meters. The three countries they grow are generally very dry over winter May to September. Some areas have winter fogs where some Lithops draw some moisture from.  Spring and Summer brings some sporadic rain, from October to March. March and April are the flowering time for the...

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adenium obesum, collector items, save water in your garden -

Adenium (Desert Rose) Adenium is a genus of flowering plants in dogbane family, Apocynaceae, first described as a genus in 1819.  It is native to Africa and to the Arabian Peninsula.  Adenium also known as desert rose is slow growing but long-lived succulent plant. The attractive flowers of adeniums and their interesting bottle-shaped trunk make them desirable for the garden. Adenium Species Adenium Obesum A highly variable species with a vast range of plant, leaf and flower forms.  Generally self-sterile, though some clones do set seed when alone. Leaves can be small or large, smooth or tomentose; growth compact and...

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