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Various plants in my collection


First up is a seedling (1.6 years) – Faucaria tigrina

Next is a plant I need to learn about more, but hope to bring flower pics at some stage: Quaqua mammilaris

Then we have another of the Aloe seedlings, A. mitriformis, now A. perfoliata, a slowish grower.

Aloe excelsa babies, going to become 2m high tree aloes, sometimes confused with Aloe marlothii.

Finally the stemless and highly recommendable Aloe claviflora seedling, they have unique feature to send the inflorescence horizontally to the plant.

Hope this gives you some idea of some additional gardening things I do, it is a process for me, I literally grow many of my plants from seed for the garden as they are not readily available. LT

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Those are brilliant ! I think succulents are so interesting. Nice to grow them from seeds too.

21 Aug, 2012


Yes, these are my tomatoes, roses and so on! LOL! I think it is fun, but you learn a lot i.t.o. caring for them. I can really take a holiday without much fears, with the garden, babies - a little different. Thanks Hywel. LT

21 Aug, 2012


Great photos and while you and Hywel are on here. Could you explain the difference between Succulents and Cacti? I hope this is not heresy to ask!

21 Aug, 2012


Some say all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. Another, but not totally true, Cacti from Americas, succulents all over the world. Here is a better difference:

What defines true cacti are areoles. Areoles are what spines, glochids, branches and flowers may sprout from, and all cacti have them, while succulents do not. Areoles are not hard to find – they usually look like small, fluffy, cotton like lumps on the body of the cactus.

Hope this helps.

21 Aug, 2012


How often do you water them please ? Its all a strange new world to me.

22 Aug, 2012


Thanks LT

22 Aug, 2012


Diane, it depends on the specie really, but a good start point is good fast draining soil and water once dry. So 1 per week in summer and 2 weeks in winter. Ok that is general, now you look at when they grow and when they rest, some grow in summer some in winter, some like Argyroderma never ever wants water to go out bottom, therefore very little. You also have in some cases musch hotter summers and darker cold winters, and they would stop growing, therefore not need water in most cases. This is very general, best is to look as them a little more in detail, when you get them and a nice comment is, when in doubt, do not water! Many show you, rimpling of the leaves, aloes can take a little more water and more richer soil. You see - lots of permutations, but not unlike most other plants. With my blog proper I am working on creating more info on species, origin, cultivation, in progress, but comes from many years on forums and repeat questions, not that I am a expert by any means! LOL! LT

22 Aug, 2012


Great photos LT. I especially like the first one Faucaria tigrina. It is easy to see how enthusiastic you are about anything succulent or cacti. Its nice that Hywell now has a fellow fan.

22 Aug, 2012


Thanks, yes I am on both counts! But the very few people do not have a succulent of sort! We are just a little more inclined to pick one up garden just in Aloes have about 140 species in it. Some with nice stories of holidays and trips with family, some cuttings from my grandparents and parents. Some from places we lived or friends in those places. Similar to bulbs for other people. LT

22 Aug, 2012

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