Monthly Archives: March 2019

The Great Opuntia Genus – Prickly Pear Cactus

“Opuntia” in its botanical name, is a truly unique genus ranging from small, prostrate plants to towering trees. Standing proud in their natural habitat, the most recognised member of the Opuntia family has to be the native South American “Prickly Pear” Cacti.   The “Prickly Pear” is sun-loving specimen with flat, rounded pads each generously […]

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii- Cute Mutant Moon Cactus

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii

Gymnocalycium mihanovichii is a cactus commonly known as Moon Cactus. This is a “mutant” species that comes from South Africa, natural habitat for over 80 varieties of this cactus. Moon Cactus is usually a combination of two cacti. A most common combination is a Gymnocalycium (the sicon) and a rootstock cactus, such as Hylocereus.  A Wonder […]

Pleiospilos nelii- Great Succulent For Beginners

Split Rock

if you’re new in growing succulents, this little guy may be just a right start for you. Pleiospilos nelii (Split Rock) comes from desert-like regions of South Africa. You can find it in shades of green and purple. This is a succulent that grows very well indoors, but you can also take it outdoors when […]

Spiral Aloe- A Gem You Want In Your Garden

Spiral Aloe

Aloe is probably one of the most numerous genera of succulents. Among all of the species, Spiral Aloe is probably one of the most unique looking ones. Spiral Aloe is also known as Aloe polyphylla. It origins from Lesotho mountains, near South Africa and its a protected space there. Unique Succulent Worth Of Effort This succulent […]

A Comprehensive Guide to Growing Asclepiads

With a total of more than 100 genera, the botanical Asclepiadaceae family contains few species which fall into the category of “Average”.  These spectacular specimens represent a visually unique group of plants that are desirable to the most enthusiastic and dedicated of succulent growers, often presenting a challenge in their care and cultivation.  The difficulties […]

10 Tips For Growing Succulents Outdoors

Succulents outdoors

With spring just around the corner, its perfect time to take care of your outdoor garden. If you’re not already, you should consider adding succulents to your little piece of nature. You can really take advantage of the variety of their geometrical forms and sizes. Beautiful colors and shapes of succulents can inspire you to […]

The Amazing Family of Asclepiads

Flowers of Edithcolea grandis

Asclepiads are a super-stunning plant family containing over 3000 members.  These range from perennial herbaceous plants, woody twining shrubs, stem succulents, lianas and occasionally trees, all belonging to the common “Milk weed”, or botanical “Asclepiadaceae” family. Today I want to take a look at the range of stem-succulents within this fascinating and somewhat eccentric plant […]

Aptenia- A Great Ground Cover For Your Garden

Aptenia

If you have an outdoor garden, you sure faced some doubts when it comes to the right ground cover you should have in it. There are so many plants you can choose from. Sure thing, some plants like Baby`s Tears, thyme or Dichondra will always be a good choice. However, if you want something outstanding, you should turn […]