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The Cattleya Orchid was named in 1824 as a tribute to William Cattley of England. The plant originates from Central and South America. Long before the Europeans came to the area, the local people knew and used them in various ways for ceremonies and for decoration. GROWING CONDITIONS The right growing conditions will help the plant to grow well and flower regularly year after year. The ideal condition will be achieved in a normal growing house that has 50% shade cloth on the top, east and northern sides, with a more solid wind protection on the south and west sides,...

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Haworthia roots are quite different to other succulent roots. They are mostly deep rooted with fleshy large often fragile deep feeding roots. These roots are really storage roots for food Annually they reabsorb some of the older roots. Which end up hollow husks of outer skin. while growing the new roots They do have finer smaller surface roots as well. One thing I did notice in Japan was that many of the special Truncata and mauhanii types seemed often to be overpotted in rather large and deep pots Up to 200 mm deep for a big specimen plant. I leave...

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Succulent gardens, with plants that feature fat leaves and unusual shapes, add interest to ordinary landscapes. Because they look exotic, you might think succulents are difficult to plant and care for. In reality, succulents are some of the easiest plants to grow. They thrive in conditions other plants would consider neglect. The key to a successful succulent garden lies in the right kind of soil and light. Once you master those basic needs, occasional watering is all you need to help your plants thrive. 1. Choose a location for your garden that gets full sun to partial shade. Make sure...

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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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