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Succulents for any and every occasion.

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Pollinating Adenium

Pollinating Adenium




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Echeveria Nodulosa ‘Painted Beauty’

Echeveria Echeveria nodulosa ‘Painted Beauty’



Echeveria nodulosa 'Painted Beauty'

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echeveria (ech-eh-VER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: nodulosa (nod-yoo-LOH-suh) (Info)
Synonym: Echeveria discolor
Synonym: Echeveria misteca
Synonym: Cotyledon nodulosa
2 vendors have this plant for sale.
19 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents
Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

under 6 in. (15 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

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Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Pale Yellow
Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From leaf cuttings

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

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Agave potatorum “Kichijokan”

Agave potatorum “Kichijokan” is one of the most beautiful and highly sought after Japanese cultivars. It can be found under many different spelling (rarely seen this name spelled the same way twice)


Agave Kichijokan

Description: Very attractive small growing rosette forming succulent, usually solitary and stemless. The bigger it gets the stronger the margination, spines, colour and global shape. (This cultivar shows a few different variegated forms and no two plant are exactly identical one to each other)
Rosette: Open spreading, symmetrical, hemispherical in shape up to 25 tall by 25 wide
Leaves: Short blue/grey with beautiful wide, up-curving, spoon-like shaped terminating in a wide upside-down “V”. The outermost sides of the leaves have beautiful lateral, creamy-coluoured variegations (and occasionally also a pale green coloured variegation along the centre of each leaf). Nice imprints are present on the back side of the leaves. The edges are a purplish/maroonish colour. The leaves have large rusty coloured teeth and a long sharp terminal spine that contrasts well with the pale leaf colour.
Flowers: May bloom at maturity with a tall spike.


Cultivation: Agave potatorum  is a relatively easy-to-grow species, though not as cold-hardy as many of the more northerly-occurring species (Winter hardy to around -3° C degrees) But it is best to protect it from frost to avoid disfiguring the foliage. Suited for light shade to full sun, but better with some shade in  summer.  It needs a very well-drained soil. It grows fairly fast in summer if provided with copious water, but allow to dry thoroughly before watering again (the more water and fertilizer this plant gets, the faster it will grow). During the winter months, one should only water enough to keep the leaves from shrivelling.
It does great in containers or in the ground.  Plants cultivated outdoors are more drought tolerant, and can take some heat and full sun. Remove eventual suckers to show of the beauty and form of the individual rosette.

Propagation: By  suckers that are found growing around the base of the plant. The basal suckers can be removed in spring or summer.  Let the cuttings dry for a few days before inserting into the compost

Agave Kichijokan 3

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Full bloom

WATERING: Adeniums, like all succulent plants, have the ability to store water. In their native habitat they live and grow only on the available rainfall, storing water in wet times to sustain them through drought. In extreme drought, even during the growing season, they can drop their leaves and become ‘drought dormant’, only to re-leaf with the first available moisture. These arid conditions do not adversely affect the plants other than to cause them to grow more slowly. This is a characteristic to be taken advantage of in cultivation. Adeniums can be left for long periods (the larger the plant, the longer the time) without the need to be watered and only suffer a setback in growth, but no adverse effect on the health of the plant. However, it is extremely important to realize that a container grown plant has its entire root mass confined to the pot, (unlike a plant in the ground that can actually grow roots in search of available soil moisture) and so is dependent on an outside source of water (YOU!) to survive and grow.

Ancient Adenium

FERTILIZING: Under natural conditions plants utilize nutrients in the soil they grow in and to a limited degree will grow roots into ‘fresh’ soil when needed. In a container a plant can use up the available nutrients in a relatively short time. When these nutrients are depleted, growth slows and in the extreme will stop or become distorted. Also, nutrients are leached out of the soil with watering. Under ideal conditions (usually only achieved in the nursery) Adeniums can be fertilized with what amounts to a full strength application of a general purpose fertilizer every two weeks. Under most home conditions, and only if the plant is healthy, a half strength solution applied once a month during the growing season (April – October) of any available house plant food will be adequate.
TEMPERATURE: In their native habitat, Adeniums are not subject to freezing temperatures. Here in the arid southwest we regularly experience sub-freezing temperatures. (Tucson averages twelve nights below 32°F.) This is a major consideration in growing Adeniums. They must not be allowed to freeze! Most often this is simply a matter of moving the container to a protected location. If possible it is desirable that the plant have good light throughout the winter, such as that available through a sliding glass door, just inside the house from the patio. The further into the house the plant is, the less light available to it. If overwintered inside, unless it receives very bright light, an Adenium should be allowed to go dormant. If home nighttime temperatures stay above 55°F, dormancy may need to be forced by withholding all water until the leaves drop. If indoor night temperatures are too high (70°F) the plant may try to grow. This is an undesirable situation causing weak, etiolated (thin, light-seeking) growth and an alternative overwintering area should be found. If a plant does experience this type of growth, it is best to prune it off after being moved outdoors in the spring.

SOIL and POTTING: The basic characteristic of potting soil for Adeniums is that it be well drained. This means that water should drain through the soil in a matter of seconds after being applied. A good potting mix with the addition of an equal part of pumice or clean, small gravel (preferably granite) will work well. Good commercial ‘cactus’ mixes are available. There are many recipes for soil and every grower will use a different one. It is a good idea to find one that you and your plants like and stick with it as your cultural habits (watering and fertilizing) are somewhat dependent on the soil mix used.
Adeniums will tolerate being pot bound without ill effects. They can continue to grow roots to the point of distorting plastic pots and even breaking clay or stoneware pots. Repotting Adeniums should be done only during the growing season and not late in that season. When repotting is desired, it is usually a simple matter of putting the plant, with its rootball intact, into a larger pot and filling in with the soil mix, making sure not to bury the plant deeper than it was. Since these plants usually have a large root/stem just below the soil line, some of this can be exposed by removing a layer of soil and filling in beneath the plant to raise it up. Removing the old pot can sometimes be a problem and occasionally a hammer may be needed to break apart the old pot. Adeniums can be watered within a day or two of repotting.


PESTS and DISEASES: In cultivation Adeniums are rarely subject to diseases, but are occasionally hosts for one of three insect pests. Mealy bugs, aphids and spider mites can all inflict damage on these plants. Although usually not serious, these pests can cause distorted growth and ruin flowers and flower buds. Outdoor growing (plants love good air movement) in most cases will prevent these problems, but occasionally an infestation will occur. For spider mites and aphids a jet of water aimed to physically dislodge the pests will often suffice. This treatment may need to be repeated several times for complete control. If the mealy bugs are not overwhelming, a cotton swab dipped in alcohol will kill all of them that it touches. This should also be repeated for several days. There are numerous commercial preparations available for these insects, but it is best to avoid their use if possible because of the possibility of harm both to your plant (phytotoxicity, time of day of application, dilution rates) and you.

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Aloe Ferox

Aloe-Ferox sketch

Used traditionally by the Xhosa people of the Eastern Cape region for healing wounds, relieving the sting of insect bites and as a soothing, cooling gel for excessive sun exposure and burns.


  • Cleanses and tightens skin
  • Natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal action
  • Heals and rejuvenates
  • Rich in anti-ageing polysaccharides
  • Rich in protective plant metabolites
  • High content of nourishing amino acids and minerals
  • Softens and smooths the skin
  • Accelerates the reproduction of the cells responsible for the formation of collagen, which is vital for skin strength and elasticity