Tools for Propagating Succulents

by Succulent Gardens

We have been enjoying doing a new self-guided tour each year for our visitors at Extravaganza.  We started by exploring medicinal succulents, then moved on to explore the native habitats of succulents in our habitat tour, and this year focused on some 101 basics of propagation.  

The first step toward being a successful succulent propagator is assembling the proper tools.  Below are our recommendations for a successful start.

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Sedums - World Travelers

by Aaron Ryan

Sedum 
is a large genus of succulent plants with an extremely large distribution throughout North America and Eurasia. With the exception of a few species in Peru, sedums are endemic to regions of the Northern Hemisphere, spanning a wide range of climate zones, from sub-tropical to polar. The genus is comprised of more than 400 species, with still more garden cultivars and hybrids in existence. Sedums are remarkable for their diversity of colors, shapes, and growth habits.

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Agaves in the summer

by Aaron Ryan

New cultivars and hybrid Agaves are being introduced every year. Variegated forms, dwarf varieties and even inter-generic hybrids like Mangave are showing up in garden centers and plant society shows. In the following post, we will discuss some ways in which you can keep your agaves thriving through the summer.

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Echeveria gibbiflora is the largest of all echeveria species, and one of the parent plants of the majority of the large, cabbage-head echeveria hybrids we’ve come to know so well.

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With such a diverse array of succulents out in the marketplace these days, proper taxonomy and identification often gets overlooked. Succulent identification confusion exists even amongst experienced horticulturalists, and plants might leave a nursery mislabeled or even unlabeled.

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Lithops

by Aaron Ryan

Lithops is a genus of succulent plants from the family Mesembranthemaceae, endemic to arid regions of Southern Africa. Some common names include "Living Stones", or "Split Rocks", though these names can also apply to other genera of "mesembs", like Lapidaria, Pleiospilos or Argyroderma. 

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Many people turn to succulents for their plant therapy, but succulents can be used for more than our emotional well-being.  Succulents have long been used to soothe and heal.

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Propagation: Grafting

by Lauren Mazza

Grafting is propagating a plant by taking a cutting and uniting it with the base of a more vigorous species. In this video, we used Cleisteo cactus as the scion (top part). Most Echinopsis will be suitable for the root stock (base).

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The genus Crassula is comprised of hundreds of species and garden cultivars. Most varieties that we see circulating around nurseries are endemic to the Eastern Cape of South Africa. They range from diminutive dwarf plants that barely surpass an inch in height like Crassula susannae, to larger shrubs, like the familiar jade plant, Crassula ovata. 

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 As we get deeper into the spring season, watering and fertilizing becomes important to help foster healthy growth. It is, however, important to keep an eye on the weather.


 

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