Archive | February 2014

Wax Echeveria

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My wax echeveria just bloomed for the first time, so I thought I would share it with you.

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I have seen this plant referred to as echeveria wax, lipstick, agavoides, and ebony, so take your choice. I learned the hard way that it is prone to sunburning, so be aware and give it some protection from full afternoon hot sun.

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The plant is nice and fleshy and probably more impressive than its blooms, since they are of the smaller variety, but it is still a nice specimen for your collection. The coloration on the tips of the leaves is nice, and the blooms are colorful and dainty, so I recommend it. I don’t treat it as cold-hardy here and bring it in for the winter.

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A Field of Kalanchoe Color

Well, not exactly a field, but a bit of color on a dreary winter day. We are caught in the prolonged series of cold fronts that you may also be experiencing, and I suspect that you, too, are good and ready for Spring to show up. But in the meantime, I can slip into the greenhouse and be thrilled to find plants blooming their little heads off in spite of the cold. So let me share with you:

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The pot in the upper right-hand corner is the old tried and true red bloom, and while it is the oldest plant, it seems to be a little slower coming around.

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These buds have been trying to open for over a week, and we just haven’t had enough sunshine to make it happen. But they are trying.

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This bloom is a single; the pinks are doubles and make a nice showing once they open.

As you can see, I still have lots of color to look forward to as they continue to open. That is, if the sun will cooperate.