Monday, February 7, 2011


a lot of plants in my garden are succulents.

They are hardy, easy to propagate and  to share cuttings with others 
is so easy...just clip or break off a piece, let it dry out abit to form a callous and
push it into the soil, water lightly and away you go.
 In this climate  they grow effortlessly.   Mine break off,  fall to the ground
and take root wherever they land.  And  if you
have one you have a million, they are that easy.

It takes alot to kill them.  

I have some that I just threw in my potting shed in a empty flower pot and they
are still growing.  No soil.  No da... They are a little mad at me but still
they carry on with their easy grace and charm.

They get along well with others.  

I just put these in an old birdbath with
a little soil and some pebbles

In California, anyone can grow them. They live without alot of care,
fuss, and most importantly they don’t need alot of water.
I love the variety of shapes, colors and sizes. 

Answers to your questions...
(from my own experiences, I am not a professional)
so take these  with a grain of salt.

Jeanette...I don’t know jack about gardening in Phoenix, but  I would
say...too bloody hot!  Put yours in the shade, water well but not too mushy.

They grow in any kind of dirt, but to be kind and give them a good start
I buy the special “succulent and cactus mix” soil.   They like good drainage.

Look around your hood and see what everyone else is doing.   If
it works for them it will probably work for you.

Jan...I remember  the “hens & chicks” in Wisconsin.  I was a kid then
and didn’t have much gardening experience, but I think they overwinter
outdoors.  Ask a Grandma.

They are perfect to put in your broken china cups, hang on a fence in all kinds of ways
(this is where your cleverness comes in)  Recycle stuff you didn’t know what to do with
but love.


jeanette from everton terrace said...

They are so lovely. I can't believe you said they are easy. I've killed so many. Now I feel even worse, what could I have done to them? You must have quite a green thumb friend. I do not.

miss*R said...

I love succulents & have quite a few too.. the flowers are gorgeous !!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

The perfect plant!

Chris said...

Very gorgeous photos~

collage whirl said...

In California, you can grow ANYTHING! I miss that... I love succulents too :-)

Gracie's Cottage said...

I love succulents...."hens & chicks" grow fast here in in summer but don't generally survive the winter. Your beautiful photos make me want to run out and get some and try to get them to grow inside!


Julie@beingRUBY said...

No care plants.. exactly what I need!!! I have some succulents in my garden.. and every morning I get up and 'something' has knocked them over.. completely out of the earth.. luckily they are so hardy they keep on keeping on...

Love yours.. and love your shots in the last post!! Have a great week.. ciao xxx Julie

Jacqueline said...

Dear Cynthia,
I don't think that they need the California sun to grow in as they grow like mad here in the UK as well, where we get the strangest of weather at all times of the year. My favourites are the long skinny ones that tumble over the sides of the container and dangle down !!
Enjoy your garden Cybthia and your photography. XXXX

Riki Schumacher said...

Hi Cynthia, so great to see a message from you! I love those succulents, need to do that too. Haven't planted any of those. Silly question, do they need water in the summer? Yours are just beautiful, love the bird bath! Hugs sweet one, hope you're having a fabulous day. Riki

PK Studios said...

Wow..... your photos are fabulous! You might be getting me into trouble if I download those programs....I will procrastinate on everything else I should be doing... hmmm. I better wait. I'll enjoy yours instead...but it is tempting : ) I love succulents too. My parents and I trade's great and so easy!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'm with you.... Succulents are fabulous and so easy to grow.
Cheers, jj

koralee said...

You know what...I adore these plants....I must add more to my garden!!! Yours are lovely. xoxoo

oldgreymare said...

I love them too, but what does it say that yes indeedy i can kill em off pretty frequently. : (


Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Cynthia!
Your plants look wonderful. I have tried to grow them since moving to Kansas but they just die on me....I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I don't think I water them too much...I let them dry right out. Maybe they didn't have enough sun? I plan on trying them out by the chicken coop this year...we'll see how that goes. Hope your day was a good one.
Maura :)


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