Succulent plants are having a big moment. They have taken over Instagram for the perfect picture plant. I think that they are a great plant for people who are being gardening as they are more low maintenance than other plants for the teaching phase. Until about a year ago I didn’t own any succulent plants but slowly I started to grow my collection. I want to go through the ones that I have acquired over the past year.
There are over 70 different species in the Haworthia succulent family. The first succulent that I got was a gift: Haworthia retusa – also known as a star cactus. Retusa is quite distinctive, it has green star shaped rosettes, which grow from 3 inches to 5 inches. The leaves are smooth and also translucent in parts. The flowers on the plant are small and white in colour. The plant flowers in late spring to summer. The Haworthia retusa is a native to South Africa.
I have two Haworthia Fasciata plants – they are a small succulent with triangular shaped leaves. The leaves are indented with narrow white strips on the outside. The inside of the leaves are smooth and come to an acute spine. The Fasciata flowers in October and November. Fasciata likes sunlight and from April to Setpember can be watered thorougly as this is the growing period.
The Cassula Ovata has several names: Jade plant, money plant, lucky plant and the friendship plant. Cassula Ovata is similar to a miniature tree with branches and a trunk. The leaves are a thick oval shape with a dark green colour. The Jade plant is also a native to South Africa. They flower in late winter. So far my plant has not bloomed.
Hen and Chick plants
The newest addition to my succulent family. The hen and chick plant are part of the Sempervivum group of succulent plants. The plant has a rosette share and produces several baby plants.
They require full sun and well drained, even gritty soil. Hens and chicks don’t need much fertilizer and should rarely be watered. As succulents, hens and chicks plants are accustomed to very little water. The hen and chick are normally low growing, however when they bloom – also referred to as a ‘rooster’ – the rosette will elongate and produce flowers. Once this process starts, it cannot be stopped by cutting the growing rosettes.
Let me know what succulent plants you have and what ones you would like to add to your collection.