Sedum

Sedum, or "stonecrop," is one of the more widely known and popular genus' in the family known as Crassulaceae. There are many reasons for this. There are hundreds of varieties, a majority of which are groundcovers. Most sedum grow at a faster rate than other succulents, depending on conditions. Each variety of sedum has a unique bloom which attracts butterflies, honey bees, and hummingbirds (as do all succulents). There are also some sedum that are native to California, one being the "Sedum spathulifolium purpureum." Sedum that are very small and appear to be delicate may require more shade or protection so they don't dry out too fast in warm weather.

 

Echeveria

The genus Echeveria has hundreds of varieties, many of which are native to Central America. These can be one of the most rewarding succulents to grow and propagate as hummingbirds favor these flowers. Many people note how certain varieties resemble the Lotus flower. Many echeverias do well in full sun, prefer well drained soil, and don't require much water.

 

Kalanchoe

Growing kalanchoes can be very simple once established, they like to propagate themselves. Certain varieties will become covered in small seeds that, once dropped, will take root quite fast. Kalanchoe are also some of the most interestingly textured and patterned of the succulents. Some are fuzzy while others are smooth, some are purple/pink while others have spots. Most kalanchoe can grow up to two feet in height and, once established, can go for months with no water.

 

Crassula

Crassula is the genus which contains the well-known variety of jade plant. Crassula can be extremely hardy when it comes to drought. There are many interesting varieties that resemble bonsai trees and even pine trees, while they don't grow nearly as large. Easy to propagate and safe to forget about, crassula are a good choice for succulent beginners.

 

Sempervivum

Sempervivum are also known as "hen and chicks" or "live forever." These succulents grow in a cluster or clump pattern and are easily propagated by separating the young "pups" from the mother plant. They do well in vertical gardens and planters since they prefer water to not be trapped around their roots. Adding rocks around the root ball is a good way to ensure proper drainage.

 

Tillandsias

Tillandsias are also known as "air plants" or "bromeliads," and are in the family Bromeliaceae. There are hundreds of varieties with some that grow as small as 2 centimeters, to some that grow as large as 1 foot. To propagate a tillandsia, you want to ensure that the sections to be removed are large enough to not dry out too fast once removed. Generally, once a "pup" is approximately 1/4 of the size of the mother plant, it is safe to cut it off to grow on its own. To learn more about tillandsia care, please check our plant care page.

 

We will have a list of available plants soon.

 

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