Garden Diary: Cacti and Succulents

Over the last few months  I have been meaning to undertake some general maintenance aka TLC to my expanding collection of succulents and cacti. Many have either outgrown their pots, are infested with woolly aphids and mealybugs, or have dead leaves and debris which is rotting between their fleshy leaves or at the base of the plant.

1. Echeveria – blue curls

I repotted this plant as the old soil had set like concrete in the pot and the roots were chocked was struggling. It was also infested with wooly aphids and an abundance of dead leaves. Once removed its babies are now visible. It’s a much happier plant!

Echeveria - blue curls
Echeveria – blue curls

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Echeveria - blue curls
Echeveria – blue curls

2. Crested Eve’s Needle Cactus

Sadly it is time to say goodbye. In October 2018 I spent hours trying to remove the scale from my crested Eves needle and revive the plant but it was not to be and I have had to concede defeat. As a gardening buddy told me life’s too short when you get to our age.

Crested Eve’s Needle Cactus infested with scale
Crested Eve’s Needle Cactus infested with scale

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Crested Eve’s Needle Cactus infested with scale
Crested Eve’s Needle Cactus infested with scale

As luck would have it the sickly crested eve’s needle had produced two babies which I removed and carefully removed any scale insects that were beginning to take up residence. Hopefully, I will manage to save these.

Crested Eve’s Needle Cactus cutting
Crested Eve’s Needle Cactus cutting

 

Crested Eve’s Needle Cactus cutting
Crested Eve’s Needle Cactus cutting

Having let the cut wounds dry for a couple of days, fingers crossed one of them takes. For now, I’ve put on the top shelf of my succulent and succulent display unit and they can decide if they want to live

3. Albuca bracteata – Pregnant Onion Plant

I have had this pregnant onion plant for a few years and as the baby plants started to develop it was long overdue rehoming to a larger pot.

Albuca bracteata – Pregnant Onion Plant

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Albuca bracteata - Pregnant Onion Plant
Albuca bracteata – Pregnant Onion Plant

 

4. Cacti Display

I bought these cacti a couple of years ago with the intention of creating a cacti garden. The garden never materialized so I finally created a small cacti display. I would normally either plant displays in odd numbers, 3, 5 or 7 but as I only had four spare plants an even number will need to suffice. The addition of sandstone rocks is not just aesthetic they are to prevent Mr. Blackbird destroying the display in his quest for insects.

cacti container garden
cacti container garden

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5. Echeveria mandala

I love this plant but I need to take care as it is susceptible to mealybugs. I also need to regularly remove debris that collects in the leaves. Failure to remove will result in the leaves rotting. The plant is rather top-heavy and it needs a heavier pot to stop it toppling over.

Echeveria mandala
 Echeveria mandala

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echeveria
Echeveria mandala

6. Walking Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe synsepala)

I love this plant. A gardening friend bought it for my 65th birthday back in December. This is the first time I have repotted but looking at this picture ti already looks too big for the pot.

Walking Kalanchoe - Kalanchoe synsepala
Walking Kalanchoe – Kalanchoe synsepala

These are its babies.

Walking Kalanchoe - Kalanchoe synsepala
Walking Kalanchoe – Kalanchoe synsepala

Eventually, I’d love to create a bed just with these plants. We will see.

 

That’s my six for this Saturday. Check out Mr. P’s blog for other six on Saturday gardens

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  1. I had never heard of the Pregnant onion plan, very cute. I love succulents and have loads of them, but I’ve never had mealybugs or scale on them. I wonder if it has to do with the weather.

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    1. Yes, the high humidity here is a nighmare! I recently lost one plant to mealy bugs. I wondered why it was dyining and it was only when I lifted up the pot and looked underneath did I realised it was riddled with the pesky little critters. I decided the plant was beyond saving.

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    1. haha, no my whole garden is not gacti and succulents justs part of it. I mainly grow them in pots … and more pots! I like your idea of recycling old dough bowls and tyres but they are not easily available here. AND terracota pots are as cheap as chips because they make them here 🙂

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  2. So many interesting things today! The pregnant onion brings back memories. My grandmother had a huge one, and naturally I took “babies,” and they did well. My parents put it in the ground, and it was fine. But, it gets too cold where I moved, and I don’t have the sunny indoor spots now, so no pregnant onion for me.
    I have a regular Eve’s Needle (or mine says Eve’s Pin).

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    1. I’d never seen it before a gardening friend gave it to me as a present. Maybe i should save the babies and see if I can plant in the ground here. We don’t get ground frost where we are so providing I planted in a sheltered space it should be fine. Good idea, thank you!

      Does your Eve suffer with scale?

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