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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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A happy-glow-lucky, shy-but-strong ‘Lola’

Tom talks about a hens-and-chicks succulent that will light up your landscape or glow from a container: Echeveria ‘Lola’. The plant forms a sculpted rosette with a somewhat “rosebud” shape. Leaves are alabaster marble with a delicate blush of pinkish violet and tipped with rose. Rosette gives the impression of alabaster wax suffused with violet. Flowers are peach, bell-shaped and appear in spring. Would look great in a centerpiece or bridal bouquet.

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A tale about tails … ‘Burrito’ tails

Tom explains how to “greenify” your container gardening with the bright lime-green tails of hang-friendly Sedum ‘Burrito’.

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Pet (Your) Plant

Bringing a pet into your home can be an exciting occasion. Perhaps you are looking for a companion or a new form of responsibility. No matter what the reason may be, man’s best friend can be a lot of work.

For those in search of less commitment, adopt our favorite succulent pet, Kalanchoe tomentosa ‘Chocolate Soldier,’ into your home.

Not only can you pet the plant with its fuzzy, velvet-like bristles, it is also low-maintenance. ‘Chocolate Soldier’ can withstand a bit of neglect so let it beautify your windowsill with morning sunlight and a bit of water.

Click the video below as Tom Jesch of Waterwise Botanicals discusses how this furry little treasure can be your new perfect house pet.

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A Match Made in Heaven – Sedeveria ‘Blue Elf’

Roses are red, violets are blue, we created a hybrid we think you will love as much as we do.

The Valentine duo of Sedum and Echeveria combine all of their best features together to create the Sedeveria ‘Blue Elf’; a match made in heaven.

Love multiples as the petite succulent produces chicks around its base. Its compact rosettes transform from a stone-cold a blue to a Valentine red with bright sunlight. ‘Blue Elf’ is the perfect succulent for a Valentine’s Day bouquet or a centerpiece for a romantic candle-lit dinner.

Tom Jesch of Waterwise Botanicals introduces the secrets to a long and happy relationship with Sedeveria ‘Blue Elf’ in your garden.

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Bashfully Beautiful – Graptoveria ‘Bashful’™

We are always searching for ways to create that rosy glow for our skin. For the Graptoveria ‘Bashful’™, it comes naturally. With direct sunlight and cool temperatures, the hybrid transforms from a mint green to a deep blush color. Set it on a windowsill to protect it from frost, then plant the ‘Bashful’™ outdoors when the weather warms. Tom Jesch from Waterwise Botanicals dishes the secrets to keeping the succulent healthy and vivid year-round.

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