Foliage Follow Up – February 2014 – Succulents

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Due to the perpetual rain I decided to take the easy option and take my foliage follow up photographs in the greenhouse.  The focus of this month’s post will be my small collection of tender succulents.  I didn’t intend to collect them I just kept buying them and now I find myself seeking out new aeoniums which I find particularly fascinating.  First up though is Echeveria elegans, one of my first succulents, which has filled its pot again this year and is in desperate need of dividing.  I think I might try to sell some of the divisions at the local HPS group.

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Next up and obviously in need of a tidy up is Aloe aristata ‘Cathedral Peak’ given to me by my friend Rob and again in need of potting up which will of course make it too large to enter into the Malvern Spring show!

Kalanchoe tomentosa

I think this next plant is classed as a succulent despite its furry foliage – Kalanchoe tomentosa. It’s apparently is fine outside down to -5 but I don’t think the rain we have had this year would do it any good so it is safely ensconced in the greenhouse with the other succulents.

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Echeveria ‘Miranda’ with flowers beginning to appear. Another one that needs re-potting and dividing.  I can see I need to spend some time shortly in the greenhouse sorting these plants out.

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Grander sounding is Echeveria ‘Duchess of Nuremberg’. The foliage seems to have suffered from drips from the greenhouse roof and unlike the other Echeverias it seems to be growing taller rather than wider.

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Aeonium tabuliforme, my favourite succulent.  I am told it will produce a flower from the centre soon and then die which will make me very sad.  I will looking for a replacement this year as this plant just makes me smile.

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Strangely the Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’ has started to go green over the winter while it has been in the greenhouse.  I have no idea why as I have had these plants for a few years and they haven’t done this before.  It will be interesting to see if they brown up as summer comes.

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The Aeoniums seem to be multiplying, this one is Aeonium arboreum x holochrysum which is quite elegant with its long leaved rosettes.

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Finally, Aeonium hierennse with more rounded leafs although you can see the family similarities in the last three plants.

Hopefully next month there will be some outside foliage to include.  For more foliage posts visit Pam at Digging.  I would say there will be lots of agaves but last time I said that she did an agave free post!

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Yvonne Ryan says:

    I hope your awful weather gets better – doesn’t make nice TV viewing!! Really feel for the worst hit and flooded!!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Yvonne
      They are saying that we shouldn’t have anymore of the awful storms. Today had been a lovely sunny day which hopefully will bring a bit of a smile to those who have really had a bad time

  2. I think that Aeonium zwartkop loses its colour if it doesn’t get enough light, Helen. It should darken again when the sun comes out! Dave

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Dave
      Hopefully that will be the case although I quite like the brown/green combo

  3. Pauline says:

    My Aeonium Zwartkop comes into the conservatory each winter and it always turns green, I’m not surprised as the light levels this winter have been dreadful. However, it always goes back to its deep purple/brown by spring, so don’t worry, yours will change back.
    You have a super selection of succulents, they are addictive like snowdrops!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Pauline
      I think they are more addictive than snowdrops, well for me they are. I think I like snowdrops but I don’t love them.

  4. ”I didn’t intend to collect them I just kept buying them and now I find myself seeking out new aeoniums which I find particularly fascinating.”

    Thats how my obsession with succulents grew, I now have about 30 Agave, both grown from seed and collected/bought, three Aeonium and numerous Aloes/kalanchoes. Extends the season of interest, and it gives the garden architecture. Just bring them out into the sun in summer – surprisingly alot of these succulents appreciate a good dousing as long as they are kept dry in winter. I’d be more than happy to buy some divisions off you – particularly the Kalanchoe tomentosa as i don’t have that.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Blackmore
      My succulents spend summer outside and thrive on it, which is lucky as I need the space in my tiny greenhouse. You are welcome to divisions but I’m not sure how to divide kalanchoes

  5. Don’t worry about your “zwartkop” it will get dark leafs as soon as it gets enough sun again, what with all the rain this Winter it was too dark and grey for its leafs to stay dark !

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Gwennie
      That’s a relief and I suppose when we have snow we often have bright sunshine during the day but this year has been so grey hasn’t it

  6. You grow a lovely selection of succulents – looks like you are going to be kept busy with all that repotting to get on with.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Angie
      You are right, I need to find out when the best time to repot and divide succulents is

  7. Alison says:

    What a great collection of succulents! I have a dark Echeveria, not Zwartkop, I think it’s called something like Black Knight, that always greens up inside over the winter. I was hoping now that I have a greenhouse that it would stay dark. We’ll see.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Alison
      I have Echeveria Black Knight too but the photo wasn’t very good and it too isn’t as dark as in the summer but we have had such low light levels with the rain

  8. Helen these are beautiful specimens for foliage follow up

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Thank you Donna, I am hoping I might have some perennials outside for next month

  9. Chloris says:

    A lovely collection of succulents. You are like me, I never used to like them and now I can’t stop collecting them.
    My Zwartkop always goes green in winter.

  10. Lovely photos of some interesting succulents. My ‘Zwartkop’ turns green every winter, even though it has maximum light in the conservatory. I guess it needs higher light levels to maintain its colour, as it always darkens in the Spring! We are further north than you Helen, and we were blessed with a mild, sunny early Spring day, so could get out and really garden for the first time this year. Fantastic feeling !

  11. This is a lovely selection of succulents. I love all the unusual varieties and colors and how beautifully they can be combined to make a container garden. I had purchased a Aeonium tabuliforme and had it for a couple of years and then it flowered. It did produce small offspring before it expired but I would like to find a new one. It is a very interesting plant! Lovely post for Foliage Follow-Up!

  12. bittster says:

    I also can’t resist adding a nice succulent or two every spring. It’s getting me into trouble as I really don’t have as nice a winter spot for them as you do. Smart of you to stay under shelter for your photos this week!
    I hope some warmth and sunshine comes your way soon so we can see a few pictures of how the bulbs are progressing 🙂

  13. Renee says:

    Is Kalanchoe tomentosa really hardy to -5 deg C? I’ve always thought that plant was cute, and yours just further confirms that opinion. Thanks for sharing your collection – I followed your link from Pam, and I’m glad I did!

  14. Pam/Digging says:

    I did include a couple of agaves in my Foliage Follow-Up post this time, Helen, you will be happy to know. 🙂 I’m green with envy over your succulent collection, not to mention your greenhouse in which to enjoy them over the winter. Your ‘Cathedral Peak’ aloe may be my favorite of the bunch.

  15. Jean says:

    I’m not usually drawn to succulents, but the gorgeous form of these in your photos has me reconsidering.

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