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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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If you live in a warm growing zone and are planting your aloe outdoors, choose a place that gets full sun (six to eight hours of sunlight a day). Water deeply, but sparingly. Aloe plants are pretty low-maintenance, since they don’t require much water. Wait until the soil is dry at least two inches below the surface, then water slowly and deeply until you see water coming through the drainage holes. Do not water the aloe again until the soil is dry at least two inches below the surface once more. In most environments this equates to watering once every...

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aeonium, aloe, echeveria, succlent plants, water saving plants -

Echeveria are very popular succulents that grow in attractive rosettes with beautiful leaves in a variety of colors and sometimes stunning flowers. These plants have been extensively hybridized, so in addition to the main species there are many varieties that have been specially bred for interesting leaf form and color. Most Echeveria will remain fairly small (a few inches to a foot across), but some species will grow to small shrub-like plants of 2 feet. Members of the Crassulaceae family, their care is similar to sedum and kalanchoe succulents. Growing Conditions: Light: Full/part sun. Water: Water during the summer and...

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