What A Nice Little Succulent

Growing succulents from seed in my apartment in Brooklyn.
A succulent cascade seen at the Berry Farm in Chatham, NY.

A succulent cascade seen at the Berry Farm in Chatham, NY.

Last week I visited the Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers.  I took the Metro North and walked up quite a hill to get there, and it was worth it!  The gardens have really beautiful views.  It is a small property compared to the botanical gardens I have been visiting, so it didn’t take long for me to see everything, but it’s the kind of place that makes you want to stop and stay awhile, I brought a book and enjoyed reading on benches throughout the gardens.  There were a handful of succulents, but overall a nice mix of different plants (marigolds were in abundance when I visited).  The architecture was beautiful (the water feature in the walled garden was a favorite).  Some of the garden areas feel like ruins, with columns still standing, but their former states have been lost.  The gardens are located in an unusual area, surrounded by medical buildings, but stepping into the walled garden you feel like you have entered into a very special place.  The grounds have a lot of potential and I hope that the idea is to preserve as well as to rebuild some of the areas to their former states.  A lovely day trip.

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About three weeks ago, my Trichocereus bridgesii monstrose sent out some new growth. I’m impressed with how fast it is creating those menacing spines! Yet another piece of evidence that my grow light is creating monster plants.

About three weeks ago, my Trichocereus bridgesii monstrose sent out some new growth. I’m impressed with how fast it is creating those menacing spines! Yet another piece of evidence that my grow light is creating monster plants.

My Stapelia began as a single branch cutting given to me at a meeting of the New York Cactus & Succulent Society (the finger on the right side) and has since grown the left branch and just started some new growth at the bottom left.  The original portion has also begun to grow at the top. Maybe my plants will become monsters under this grow light!

My Stapelia began as a single branch cutting given to me at a meeting of the New York Cactus & Succulent Society (the finger on the right side) and has since grown the left branch and just started some new growth at the bottom left. The original portion has also begun to grow at the top. Maybe my plants will become monsters under this grow light!

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When I first started getting interested in succulents, I began going to botanical gardens to get inspiration and to start learning the names of plants that I was drawn to.  This plant at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden stuck out:

imageFrom the tag I learned it is a Haemanthus albiflos, albiflos because the flowers (-flos) are white (albi- like albino).  It isn’t a succulent in the traditional puffy leaved or cactus sense, but is actually a bulb from South Africa.  I thought it was such a cool looking plant with multiple leaves growing out of the same center and the new growth being a different color from the outer leaves.  Months later I won a lovely pair of bulbs in an auction at the Connecticut Cactus & Succulent Sale.  I got them for cheap, but was willing to bid pretty high to get one for my collection, luckily it didn’t come to that.  Below are two photos of it:image

imageThe leaves on both have since died back and new leaves have sprouted.  I was worried about it during my recent move because it took me a couple of weeks to get a grow light set up in the new somewhat cave-like apartment, but the new growth is doing very well:

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Two lovely Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum) at the Berry Farm in Chatham, NY.  Too big for my collection currently, but if I someday have an outdoor space I will buy a whole slew of these guys!

Two months ago, the partner in crime and I moved to a new apartment in Brooklyn.  It is in a great neighborhood, but it lacks the good light that the old apartment had.  So, I put together a grow light setup hoping that my succulents would accept it as a sun substitute.

I was pleased as punch to notice 5 days ago that my Trichocereus bridgesii monstrose had put off some new growth!  These two pictures compare the growth over just five days.  The grow light is working!

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.