- Otherworldliness. Plants like echeveria etna, crassula moonglow, and haworthia maughanii look like they've been beamed down from Neptune. Their unapologetic weirdness charms me.
- Nearly infinite propagat-ability. The idea that I can reproduce an entire plant from a single leaf still blows my mind. It's also amazingly cost-effective for those of us who are, say, full-time graduate students writing dissertations, working on the side, and making student loan payments. Just hypothetically.
- Sheer variety of shapes and colors. If you're reading this page, I doubt I have to convince you of this one!
- Amnesty for my neglect. I'm a busy gal, and sometimes I can't get to my plants for two days... or three... or four. When I had a vegetable garden, this was problematic (note that I'm using the past tense). With the exceptions of seedlings and very young plants, succulents actually seem to prefer it when I neglect them for a little while.
- Collective fanaticism surrounds them. Maybe this is true of lots of things, but I adore the photos, writings, and community that surrounds succulents. Succ-ers are a lot of fun, and getting to know other succulent gardeners and attending events like the Succulent Celebration has been awesome. There is SO much to learn, and I never seem to tire of it.
The other day, a friend asked me why I like succulents so much more than other plants. First, a clarification: I like lots and lots of other plants. But I don't like growing them nearly as much as I like growing succulents. Here are my top five reasons, in no particular order:
First of all, I wanted to thank all the new readers who are following Gardening Succs! I really appreciate it. This blog has gone from zilch, zip, nada to about 200 visitors each day (with a high of 800!), and the Gardening Succs Facebook page has over 1000 "likes." Thank you!
Next, a confession: I suffer from propag-addiction, one of the most common succulent ailments around (more info on specific ailments soon--I feel another infographic coming on...). Sooo, following the growers at Lone Pine, I decided to start using flats for the plants I both (1) already have several of and (2) would like to grow more of. But since I don't have enough of any one type to fill a flat, I used two different kinds to fill a flat:
In the next flat I made, I used four different kinds. (So far, I've only made these two flats.)
What am I going to do with the new plants? Sell them? Give them away? Propagate more plants and see if I can get on "Hoarders?" I have no idea. Most likely, I'll try to trade them with other succulent aficionados for plants I don't have yet.
For many of my plants, though, I only have one or two specimens. Or three. Or four. (Whatever--don't judge me.) Here's a shot of the inside of part of my greenhouse.
And lastly, just for fun, two random pictures I took in my backyard the other day.
Thanks again for being awesome, and for sticking around to watch this blog grow. I promise you, it'll only get better!
I several agaves, three of which are the gorgeous hybrid known as "blue flame." Two of my three blue flames, though, have recently become plagued with a few little brown spots on their lower leaves.
Any idea what's going on with this? There's nothing on the back of the leaves--no bugs or anything. And so far it's just the lower leaves. It's also only my younger blue flames (maybe 8-10" across) that are affected. My big one seems to be doing fine...