What A Nice Little Succulent

Growing succulents from seed in my apartment in Brooklyn.
A very interesting little succulent at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.  I think it is an Agave desmettiana.  I haven’t seen a lime green Agave before.  Its black points are so contrasty!

A very interesting little succulent at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.  I think it is an Agave desmettiana.  I haven’t seen a lime green Agave before.  Its black points are so contrasty!

A very leafy jade!  This one looks similar to the jade plant (Crassula ovata) that I have except mine is smaller, and only has about three rows of leaves on each branch.  I wonder if this is a different species, or if mine could be like this someday under the right growing conditions.  Seen at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Mass.

A very leafy jade!  This one looks similar to the jade plant (Crassula ovata) that I have except mine is smaller, and only has about three rows of leaves on each branch.  I wonder if this is a different species, or if mine could be like this someday under the right growing conditions.  Seen at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Mass.

An Aloe with red spines, seen at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.  I was drawn to succulents because of their variety of textures and this one is no exception!  I only have two Aloe in my collection, but when I have more space I want to expand and get more.  For now, they just tend to be too big for my little apartment windowsill!

An Aloe with red spines, seen at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.  I was drawn to succulents because of their variety of textures and this one is no exception!  I only have two Aloe in my collection, but when I have more space I want to expand and get more.  For now, they just tend to be too big for my little apartment windowsill!

A beautiful crested Echeveria at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.  I learned about crested succulents at one of my first meetings of the New York Cactus & Succulent Society and have enjoyed identifying them ever since.  In a nutshell, cristate growth occurs when the apical meristem (upper growth tissue) of the plant undergoes a mutation which makes it grow irregularly.  Instead of new tissue growing as a point, it grows in a line and causes the plant to fan out (and look pretty cool!).

A beautiful crested Echeveria at the Berkshire Botanical Garden.  I learned about crested succulents at one of my first meetings of the New York Cactus & Succulent Society and have enjoyed identifying them ever since.  In a nutshell, cristate growth occurs when the apical meristem (upper growth tissue) of the plant undergoes a mutation which makes it grow irregularly.  Instead of new tissue growing as a point, it grows in a line and causes the plant to fan out (and look pretty cool!).

Have I mentioned that I love Agaves?  This guy at the Berry Farm in Chatham, NY had flaming spikes and nice chalky leaf prints.  My mom bought one and I snagged one of its pups, so now I will be growing my own little Agave!

Have I mentioned that I love Agaves?  This guy at the Berry Farm in Chatham, NY had flaming spikes and nice chalky leaf prints.  My mom bought one and I snagged one of its pups, so now I will be growing my own little Agave!

Two lovely Agave from the Berkshire Botanical Garden.  I like the contrast between the leaf color and the dark toothy edges and, as always, those leaf prints!

A prolific Sedum, so many little pups!  One of many nice succulents at The Berry Farm, Chatham, NY.

A prolific Sedum, so many little pups!  One of many nice succulents at The Berry Farm, Chatham, NY.

Here’s an Opuntia from the Berkshire Botanical Garden greenhouse in Stockbridge, MA.  Growing amongst some clover oxalis in a large stock pot (they had a couple of succulents in these upcycled pots).  I like the roundness of the pads and the severity of those spines!

Here’s an Opuntia from the Berkshire Botanical Garden greenhouse in Stockbridge, MA.  Growing amongst some clover oxalis in a large stock pot (they had a couple of succulents in these upcycled pots).  I like the roundness of the pads and the severity of those spines!

Kalanchoe were everywhere during my visit to the Berkshire Botanical Garden!  The two I have photos of are the same variety, but they also had others, the most that I have seen at any garden.  I have two in my collection, both of the mother of thousands type where pups form on the edges of the leaves.