Echeverias offer a wide variety of options. These are easy to grow plants and are found in lot of different sizes hence are a popular option of succulents to grow. I particularly have a great weakness for the Echeveria Black Knight because of their dark outer leaves. It is a small growing, rosette style succulent with dramatic dark coloring. These delightful plants also have dark red flowers which are usually projected above the foliage.
Most Echeverias are not complicated succulents to grow. As long as they are looked after and a few basic rules are taken care of. Lets take a look at what these are:
Never allow water to sit in the rosette as it can cause rot or fungal diseases which will kill the plant.
Any dead or dry leaves should be removed from the bottom of the plant as it grows. These dry leaves are a haven to pests which will also kill the plant eventually.
Echeverias mostly should be planted in terracotta clay pots as they dry out quickly and that prevents the roots from rotting.
Echeverias need plenty of light but direct sunlight is not good. So a covered patio or a windowsill which receives lots of light but no direct sun is a good place to keep these lovely succulents.
Over watering will likely kill an Echeveria plant. It requires frequent watering only during its first year of planting after which frequent watering is only required during the summer months.
Echeverias especially the ‘Black Knight’ can be easily propagated from leaf cuttings. To propagate a leaf cutting, place the individual leaf in cacti or potting mix and cover the dish till the new plant sprouts.
If you own one of these stunning Echeverias, please do share a few images here and also if I have missed out on any care instructions, I would really appreciate it if you put forward your suggestions too.
Hey guys continuing with my series of the top 10 easy to grow succulents, today lets look at the Kalanchoe Tomentosa or the Panda Cactus. It is by far one of my favorite succulents.
The leaves of the Panda plant are covered with tiny hairs that give it a velvety look and feel. The covering of hair also ensures that there is no rapid loss of water due to transpiration hence this plant can survive without water for long periods of time. The leaves are equipped to store water.This plant can grow up to a height of 1.5 ft. This plant is a native of Madagascar.
The Kalanchoe tomentosa can flower within its natural habitat, producing fuzzy bell shaped flowers in spring and summer, it is very rare to see these succulents bloom indoors. It is grown primarily for its foliage within homes and offices.
Kalanchoe tomentosa care is pretty simple.
They like bright light and sunshine. A mixture of direct, indirect and shade is a good balance of sunlight if it can be provided.
Temperatures which ranges between 15-23 degrees is recommended if possible.
Only water Kalanchoe tomentosa once the soil has become dry and then soak the soil but do not leave water in the bottom tray. In winter this succulent needs less water. The leaves of the Panda plant store water so these lovely plants can survive without water for prolonged periods of time.
Kalanchoe tomentosa needs a porous soil containing about one third grit with adequate drainage.
Normal room humidity is fine and it might even tolerate dry air.
The leaves of the Kalanchoe tomentosa should not be wet for a prolonged period of time as this will cause rotting.
The propagation of this plant can be done through leaf cuttings. Leaf cuttings can be placed in new soil during spring. The leaf cuttings should be allowed to dry out for a week before re-potting.
The Panda plants are excellent for beds and borders, succulent gardens, Mediterranean themed gardens or of course as ground cover. These plants are also perfect for containers where spectacular floral arrangements can be created.
Please share pictures of your Panda plants if you own any and also share care tips if I missed out on any. Thanks for reading !!
Who says that wardrobe shutters have to be conventional and made out of wood and glass? There are lots of ways to uplift an ordinary looking wardrobe shutter and make it a conversation starter. It is one of the ways to give your décor a quick update without going the whole way. Wardrobes are an intrinsic part of most homes, so looking at different ways of doing up the shutters will give your interiors a fresh look.
If you have floor to ceiling wardrobe shutters, why not commission a local artist to paint them in strong and bold colours. This look is definitely not for the faint hearted. http://www.brittanyambridge.com
How about adding a padded 3D fabric panel to your wardrobe shutters, stylish and sophisticated….as seen in Living Etc
Make wardrobe handles out of MDF and paint it in a bright colour, the results are absolutely gorgeous as seen in Gemma Ahern’s home. abigailahern.com
You can create an exotic look by incorporating laser cut intricate patterns on laminate and using it as your wardrobe shutters. I love these. http://www.jaali.in
Hello !! Cutting boards are kitchen essentials aren’t they? But they don’t have to be boring, all kinds of cutting boards are available these days from sleek and ultra modern to really cute personalised ones, let’s look at a few which will definitely be conversation starters.
Hello!! How is it that it is already the 1st of December? Wow…..where did the year go I am wondering. It’s also been ages since my last post and I am glad to be back with a new post, I missed blogging….:) So its 24 days now till Christmas and everyone must be in a frenzy trying to get all the gifts sorted out. Here are some fantastic gift ideas all under £25. Happy shopping everyone!!
Hello!! We all love trinket boxes, don’t we? They are in many ways indispensable, whether it is for tucking away your favourite ear rings, saving some space for those memorable rings, putting away your crafty bits or simply having a few as collectibles. While I was out grocery shopping last week I came across a few adorable ones myself……..:) And so this post!!!
These are soap boxes but who is stopping you from using these as trinket boxes after the soap has been used??
As they say Paris is always a good idea!!!!
I love collecting trinket boxes especially ones with typo or words. There are so many lovely designs out there and many talented people who keep coming with fantastic new ideas. What would you use a trinket box for? Storing memories????