Monday, November 15, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
In it’s native habitat of South Africa, it grows in shady nooks or ledges of vertical, south-facing cliffs in relatively mild conditions with no frost.
The plants are ideally suited for indoor culture where winters are harsh, or it will grow well outdoors where there is little or no frost. G. glomerata will flourish in small pots or planters with other succulents. They are slow-growing and don’t require a great deal of attention. The plants benefit from some shade.
G. glomerata will appreciate regular irrigation during warm weather, but prefers much more dryness during winter months. Well draining soil is essential. You can easily propagate these plants by separating the offsets. Much slower are leaf cuttings, or by seeds.
We ship nice clusters of bare-root plants that will bring you years of enjoyment. Check out these plants and other Gasterias at http://www.smgsucculents.com/.
Reference: Van Jaarsveld, E.J. 1994. Gasteria of South Africa. Fernwood Press, Cape Town.
Monday, March 22, 2010
In general, these rosettes are hardy evergreen, clump-forming succulent plants which originate in the alpine regions of the Balkan Mountains to the eastern Carpathians. The foliage can vary from orange-yellow, to crimson, violet, and green. The leaves may look smooth and shiny or they may be plush and velvety. The flowers are ordinary, mostly yellowish and bell-shaped and attract large numbers of pollinating insects. The plants are grown for the showy foliage rather than the flowers. As in Sempervivum, the Jovi heuffs are also monocarpic, meaning the rosette dies after flowering. Its progeny quickly fills in the void created by the dead rosette.
Monday, August 10, 2009
It’s an old song and I think Eddie had something else in mind, but I am thinking about Sempervivum. Just as many of the fabulous Spring and early Summer Semps start to fade a little bit in the heat- the blues begin to develop their best color.
Take a look at S. ‘Blue Boy’ (Where is ‘Pinkie’?)
How about S. ‘Pacific Blue Ice’?
And finally, a perennial favorite, S. ‘Lilac Time’
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Saturday, November 15, 2008
Jovibarba hirta f/Belansky Tatra
Jovibarba sobolifera f/St. Martin
When these plants are actively growing, they tend to be mostly bright green or yellowish green with red highlights. In Autumn the colors will vary from yellow, bright red, to shades of blue and purple.
Jovibarba hirta yellow-green form
If the plants are in planters or containers which are exposed to very cold temperatures, it is best to give them some protection.
Jovibarba hirta f/Bulgaria
Most of the rollers are prolific producers of offsets and with a little care, they will provide you with years of enjoyment.
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Sunday, September 21, 2008
JOVIBARBA HEUFFELII PROPAGATION
The first step is to clean the existing soil from the plant and any dead leaves or debris from around the stem. Gloves are preferable since older dried leaf tips can be very sharp and can easily puncture the skin.
Jovibarba heuffelii is an extremely hardy plant and it can be stunning in containers. They require minimal care and have few problems.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Sempervivum arachnoideum 'Clairchin'
The genus Sempervivum is comprised of hardy alpine succulents that are members of the Crassulaceae family. They are rosette-forming plants indigenous to the alpine regions of central and southern Europe and the Mediterranean from altitudes of approximately 3000-8000 feet. There are roughly 50 known species and 3000 named cultivars.
The name Sempervivum means ‘Everlasting’ in Latin, although in fact it is a monocarpic plant, which just means that it dies after flowering. This name comes from the fact that the plant will produce several generations (usually 3-4 years) of offsets (‘chicks’) prior to its demise, giving the illusion that the plant ‘lives forever.’
The allure of Sempervivum as an ornamental plant is the wide variety in coloration and texture of the foliage, rather than the flowers. Sempervivum is widely known by its common names of ‘Hen & Chicks’ or ‘Houseleeks.
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