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Growing plants with a little help from our robotic friends

We’d like to introduce you to Bender, one of the two-wheeled spacing ninjas here at Altman Plants who helped us prepare for the soft launch of our True Bloom Roses line. On average, Bender spaces 150 pots per hour. We have six such robots at our production nursery in Lake Mathews, Calif.

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Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’: A succulent of stunning elegance

While new succulent hybrids pop up seemingly every day, Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ has stood the test of time with stunning grace — well the 80-some years since it was created. The pink highlights bring us back every time. Listen to our succulent whisperer Tom Jesch talk about this beyond lovely rosette stunner.

Look for Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’ at our retail shop or wholesale shop

 

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Moon cacti: Put these colorful grafted creations in your orbit

These beautiful Gymnocalycium seedlings lack chlorophyll and therefore cannot survive on their own, but when grafted onto rootstock of Hylocereus cacti, the colorful, shade-friendly living lollipops can brighten up any room. Listen to our cactus whisperer Tom Jesch talk about this vibrant union of cacti.

Look for Gymnocalycium mihanovichii ‘Hibotan’ at our retail shop or wholesale shop

 

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It’s a succulent sunrise: Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata

Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata, an adorable little mat-forming succulent, lights up any space or dish garden with a ravishing mix of pink, green, and creamy ivory or yellow. It doesn’t tolerate intense heat or strong, direct sunlight for extended periods of time. Prefers bright, filtered light and temperate climates with ample airflow. Native to South Africa, occurring in much the same areas as the mimicry plants, or Mesembranthemaceae. Requires a porous soil that drains quickly. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Protect from frost.

Look for Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata at our retail shop or wholesale shop

 

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Luminous jelly beans: Sedum rubrotinctum ‘Aurora’

Sedum rubrotinctum ‘Aurora’ is an especially pink cultivar of the stonecrop succulent known as pork and beans or jelly bean plant. This attractive ground-cover form should stay to about 6 inches high but it can spread to about 3 feet, in part because it roots easily from stems and leaves. 

Look for Sedum rubrotinctum ‘Aurora’ on our retail shop or wholesale shop

 

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Add zest, spice with Echeveria ‘Lime n’ Chile’

Echeveria ‘Lime n’ Chile’ is an Altman Plants original hybrid that forms rosettes of chunky lime-green leaves and produces a veritable bouquet of tangerine/gold flowers.

Look for Echeveria ‘Lime n’ Chile’ on our retail shop or wholesale shop

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Caught in the grip of succulent jaws

Faucaria tigrina (tiger jaws), a native of South Africa, is a clump-forming succulent with thick, fleshy, triangular green leaves that are lined with soft, recurved teeth. Watch our tiger jaws whisperer Tom get up-close and personal with this striking plant.

Look for Faucaria tigrina at our retail shop or wholesale shop. Read our blog post about Faucaria tigrina here.

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A pet zebra for your home

Zebra plant was one of the species that turned our succulent guru Tom Jesch onto succulents. This haworthia can tolerate low light better than can most succulents, making it a fabulous choice for a spot indoors.

Look for Haworthia fasciata, or zebra plant, at our retail shop or wholesale shop.

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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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