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A colorful team (of succulents) you’ll wanna root for

Perhaps you’ve noticed, perhaps not, that football season is well under way, from the Friday night lights of high school ball (already winding down) to Saturday’s rousing collegiate showdowns, to the bruising glitz of the NFL on Sunday. And Monday. Um, Thursday too. 

What if one were to create a team made up of succulents? Say what? We present the Juicy Treasures! They’re full of heart and resilience. Devoted to good form and fundamentals, all while avoiding stretching as much as possible. They leave everything they have on the field week after week, although they’re OK with moving the action indoors if it’s too cold or soggy. That’s when their basketball side really comes through.

 Draft your favorite succulent footballers at our shop

Wide Receivers: Echinocereus rigidissimus rubrispinus (rainbow hedgehog cactus) & Sedum adolphi Firestorm™

Quarterback: Echeveria ‘Cubic Frost’

Running Back: Echeveria ‘Neon Breakers’

Tight End: Lithops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offensive Line: Echinocactus grusonii (golden barrel cactus), Euphorbia mammillaris ‘Variegata’ and Ferocactus glaucescens

Kick Returner: Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ / Kicker: Aloe ‘Swordfish’

Head Coach: Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’

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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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Get to know this jewel of a succulent hybrid

Our succulent guru Tom Jesch gets a little goofy while talking about a gem of a Pachyphytum x Echeveria hybrid commonly known as little jewel.

Look for Pachyveria ‘Glauca’, or little jewel, at our retail shop and wholesale shop.

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The heir to the succulent throne: Echeveria ‘Black Prince’

Echeveria ‘Black Prince’ is unusual for an echeveria in that its leaves can appear nearly black in color. Red flowers appear in fall to winter.

Look for Echeveria ‘Black Prince’ at our retail shop and wholesale shop.

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Hanging around with string of bananas

Senecio radicans is commonly known as string of bananas because its cascading stems resemble strings and strings and strings of green bananas. Those pendant “strings,” which can hang to 5 feet unless trimmed, make this succulent a perfect fit for a hanging basket. It also excels in arrangements as a contrasting element to flashier specimens such as echeverias and aeoniums.

Look for Senecio radicans, or string of bananas, at our retail shop and wholesale shop.

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Old man Andes has a point: The purposeful hairiness of Oreocereus celsianus

This old man dwells far above the sea, although you won’t encounter “him” unless you’re exploring the mountains of Argentina, Bolivia, or Peru. It is in those high-up places that old man of the Andes cacti stand like snowy sentinels, eventually reaching up to 10 feet tall. 

We recommend planting a specimen with porous cactus soil that allows for adequate or better drainage. Try to avoid watering Oreocereus celsianus during overcast or humid weather, or on cold winter days. Outdoors, this mountain native is fine with full sun, but it does not care for extreme heat. If indoors, it will want to be near a sunny window.

Look for old man of the Andes cactus at our retail shop and wholesale shop.

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Explore the rugged character known as golden barrel cactus

There’s not a whole lot of mellow about the eye-popping, golden-yellow sphere officially known as Echinocactus grusonii, which belongs in the orbit of every gardener who desires a space light on fuss but deep with dramatic appeal. The color, texture, and shape of golden barrel cactus lend interest, definition, and contrast to any composition. For maximum effect, group it in threes.

It can be grown in a container on a warm, bright patio or in full sun in a garden landscape. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Can tolerate temperatures below freezing for brief periods, but is best to protect from frost to prevent scarring.

Golden barrel cactus is available at our retail shop and our wholesale shop.

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Succulents to keep you company during shady respites

It’s summer (news flash!) and sometimes we just want to hide. From the sun. That fiery sphere serves a noble purpose, of course, but occasional time apart is healthy. Our succulent pals, though, we always want close by…even when in shady-friendly spots.

Even if not necessarily lovers of deep shade, aeoniums can relate, as they are also susceptible to sunburns, as well as leaf curling, when overly exposed. They have a distinctive, daisy-like appearance. The leaves can vary in color from black to rose to green to yellow. The rosettes grow on the ends of stems that, depending on the variety, may be a quarter inch or more in diameter. We should all take a cue from these diversely hued succulents that like nothing more during summer than to chill. They perk up in winter to spring, when the weather is cooler and on the damper side.

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Brighten your landscape with shy-but-strong Echeveria ‘Lola’

The time for relishing the summer breeze as it brushes your face on a balmy Friday evening has arrived. While Seals & Crofts may have had a soft spot for jasmine, we can’t help but have eyes for a favorite succulent beauty of ours: Echeveria ‘Lola’.

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#nofilter living no ideal for most succulents — add a tree

Tree options for succulent gardens are many. We look at five:

Summer has arrived, which has us thinking of shade and the coming moments when we will be fleeing for cover from an oppressive sun.

At the same time, feeling compelled to seek refuge indoors is not particularly desirable. Do you have any cool or cool-ish zones in your succulent garden? Or, if not some majestic, light-blocking tree canopy, areas where more wispy specimens soften the sun’s impact for your fleshy leaved light lovers?

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