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Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana


kalanchoe blossfeldianaKalanchoe blossfeldiana is a popular succulent native to Madagascar, and sometimes referred to as the christmas kalanchoe or florist kalanchoe. It is glabrous, which in botany means has a feature that is smooth and glossy.  This kalanchoe has compact clusters of leaves and forms heads of tubular flowers that have numerous, up to 50 on some, flower buds per stem. Our kalanchoe blossfeldiana bloom in the late fall and into early winter.

kalanchoe blossfeldianaKalanchoe blossfeldiana seems to be the happiest with at least four hours of sunlight per day and as most succulents, living in a well-draining medium. They prefer cooler temperatures and but do not like it when it the temperature is under 50 degrees F. This succulent does well indoors and outdoors, however we do not recommend planting in a place where it gets bright direct sun all day.

Mokalanchoe blossfeldianast florists toss out this plant after it blooms, however proper pruning can make your kalanchoe bloom several times per year. Pruning encourages more branches with eventually leads to more flowers. To make your Kalanchoe blossfeldiana bloom it needs 13 to 14 hours of darkness per day. We have noticed that new buds began to form in roughly 30 to 40 days but we have also experienced kalanchoe that have retired from blooming completely. Several new plants we have propagated from these retired kalanchoes do flower after about a years time.

We use this kalanchoe often to make living succulent wreaths and in other projects. We have enjoyed red, yellow, white, purplish-pink, pink and orange flowers from our various blossfeldianas.

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Aloe x Nobilis

Aloe x Nobilis


 

Aloe x Nobilis

This compact aloe is an evergreen that gives off 2 feet tall racemes of orangish-red flowers in the summertime. It can grow to be 6 inches to 2 feet in height and width. Aloe x Nobilis can survive in the sun and shade and down to a temperature of 20 to 25 degrees F.

Sometimes referred to as the golden tooth aloe the leaves of this succulent are fleshy and green with a reddish tint on the edges. They have yellowish-white teeth running along their edges. Be careful handling this aloe, it may cause a skin irritation or rash.

This plant has grown well for us indoors and outdoors, shade and sun and in the ground as well as it does in a pot, although the aloe x nobilis we have growing in pots in the shade have stayed relatively small. This is a fantastic plant to use in xeriscaping and will do well indoors. It is an evergreen, drought-resistant and its flowers attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

We have been successful propagating this aloe by cuttings and by removing pups off the stems. You can see two little pups on the aloe in the photo. We have this plant available in our succulent store.

Building a Succulent Website

Building a Succulent Website


Building a Succulent Website

If I could go back in time and start college over again I would’ve taken as many computer classes as possible.  I remember thinking such classes were a waste of time and do not apply to me and what I wanted to major in.  Plus, they were not required to graduate. My future successes would never depend on building a website, I had convinced myself.

My grandmother’s crystal ball was always a bit hazy and Al Gore had only recently given us the World Wide Web, I had no idea that everything would depend on the Internet in the future. Now here we are twenty years later and 5th graders know more about the Internet than I do.  Several months ago I made the choice to enroll at YouTube University and basically learn step by step as I built my site. Step by step as in mistake by mistake.

I am a pretty smart person and a fast learner but let me tell you, building a succulent website has not been an easy task for me.

Fat Plants Favorie Succulent Photos55 My ADHD probably plays a huge role in the amount of time it has taken me to get a basic blog started but I think what has made it most difficult is that there is just way too much information out there.  The reason I decided to build a website about my passion, Fat Plants aka Succulents, is that I depended on the Internet to learn about my hobby. Yes, there are some fabulous websites and blogs about succulents out there but there is also a bunch of crap. Like weeds in the garden.

After years of researching the web I still can only accurately identify half of the species of succulent plants in my yard and although my initial goal was to help other fat plant lovers identify their succulent plants, my goal in building a website for succulents now is to share all of the fascinating things I have learned by testing many theories/practices from other internet gardeners on my own, living succulent plants.

To make this long story short, Please be patient with my ever-changing website. I have years of notes and photos I am trying to organize all while trying to write it in a language that is very new to me.  My computer literacy is better than my Spanish, but only by an inch. Thank you for your patience and any input, advice, criticism, comments are welcome!

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