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Chile offers cornucopia of Copiapoa cacti

Editor’s note: In November, Altman Plants succulent plant development mgr. Kelly Griffin and his wife, Denise, traveled to Chile to, more or less, see as many Copiapoa cacti as possible in a week’s time. They also took in non-cactus sights, admired the wildlife and, of course, indulged in the food, if not always Chilean cuisine. They were also fortunate to get a surprise private tour of the San José mine, where 33 miners endured more than two months of being trapped 2,300 feet underground. This is the first of a two-part series.

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Tiger jaws you can touch without losing a hand

“Hear me roar,” we might imagine this succulent to say if it possessed vocal cords.

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A menu loaded with succulents, from small plates to party platters

Last week in this space, we got a little playful, a bit wild even, in talking about succulents with animal-inspired names, from Crassula ‘Calico Kitten’ to zebra plant (Haworthia spp.).

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Adopt a zebra … plant for your windowsill

It’s December and ooh baby isn’t it cold outside? Maybe even snow on the ground? That doesn’t mean you’re shut out from succulent planting until spring, though. We happen to be rather fond of a species that can not only live happily indoors year-round but also weather the dim tones of winter just fine: Haworthia fasciata, better known as zebra plant.

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Some ‘animal’ succulents worth adopting into the family

Have pets? Do you lovingly refer to them as your fur babies? All the time? Stickers on the car back window? It’s perfectly OK if you do. This is a judgment-free zone. After all, whether they be dogs, cats, birds, iguanas, velociraptors, or all of the above plus pot belly pigs and chickens, they are beloved members of the family. But where do your succulents fit on that pecking order?

Marble hanging out with panda plant kalanchoe, baby burro’s tail sedum, and other succulents.

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Adorn your space with this little jewel of a succulent

Pachyveria ‘Glauca’ is a diminutive but distinctive gem

We succulent lovers sure do live in a golden age of gorgeous variety. Pachyveria ‘Glauca’, aka “little jewel,” is a Pachyphytum × Echeveria mash-up — a cross between two members of the family Crassulaceae.

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The X-Succulents

Intergeneric hybrids: all crossed up and completely beautiful

Succulent fanatics enjoy more choices than ever before, with new plants popping up seemingly every day. Amazingly, there are nearly 20,000 varieties of succulents on this planet. Many of our fleshy friends available in nurseries and garden centers were introduced into the marketplace during the last few decades.

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Winter is coming

But our treasured succulents don’t have to unduly suffer

We are fond of referring to succulents as the ultimate easy-care plants but many species can and will suffer easy deaths if exposed to elements they aren’t predisposed to tolerate.

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Krazy for kalanchoes

These succulents are go-to choices for texture and diverse foliage

“It’s so fuzzy I’m gonna die!”

That might be the (perfectly rational) utterance of a succulent fan upon laying eyes on Kalanchoe tomentosa. Commonly known as panda plant, the species is distinguished by its fuzzy, velvety, dotted leaves, which kind of look like cat ears.Those who fancy fuzziness and brown bears might like the bear ear-shaped leaves of Kalanchoe tomentosa ‘Teddy Bear’ even more.

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Getting into the fall and Halloween spirit succulent-style

So many fun Halloween/fall-inspired decorations and arrangements are possible with succulents. Here are the few we’ve done in the past week or so. 

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