Senecio rowleyanus

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Senecio rowleyanus Care Guide

Growing Season:

Winter

Dormant Season:

Summer

Common Name: 'String of Pearls' or 'String of Beads'

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About Senecio rowleyanus

Senecio rowleyanus is most commonly known as ‘String of Pearls’ for its almost perfectly spherical leaves. It is dormant in the summer, but grows quickly when temperatures cool down in the fall and winter. 

The shape of its leaves maximize water content while minimizing surface exposure to light. For this reason, they can go for long periods without water. The most common problem people have with ‘String of Pearls’ is overwatering. Wait until the pearls lose their shine, start to look dull and shrink due to a lack of water. You’ll notice an indent in the pearls when it is time to water. 

Senecio rowleyanus ‘String of Pearls’ loves bright light, but not direct sunlight. Sun stress turns the pearls a purplish-brown color.  It usually blooms in the summer and when it does, be sure to smell the flowers. They smell like cinnamon! 

dehydrated string of pearls
Before watering. After watering.
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Variegatedvariegated A naturally occurring or viral induced mutation, which appears as stripes or whole sections of tissue that are without chlorophyll. Variegated varieties are often prized for the attractiveness of the markings caused by the mutation. String of Pearls
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Crassula ‘Petite Bicolor’

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Crassula 'Petite Bicolor' Care Guide

Growing Season:
Winter

Dormant Season:
Summer

About Crassula 'Petite Bicolor'

Crassula ‘Petite Bicolor’ is the correct name for what many people call Sedum ‘Little Missy’.  It is the dwarf, variegatedvariegated A naturally occurring or viral induced mutation, which appears as stripes or whole sections of tissue that are without chlorophyll. Variegated varieties are often prized for the attractiveness of the markings caused by the mutation. form of Crassula pellucida subsp. marginalis. 

Crassula ‘Petite Bicolor’ is an excellent filler in container gardens and spreads across the ground like wildfire. Since it is so tender, I like to place mine underneath taller succulents that provide shade. It is the perfect fairy garden succulent with its heart-shaped leaves. 

Propagating Crassula ‘Petite Bicolor’ is as easy as picking off pieces by hand and sticking them on the dirt. The cuttings will root really easily! In the summer months, expect the cutest little pink blooms. 

General Guide to Crassula Care

Most of the 200 or so succulent species in the genusgenus a principal taxonomic category that ranks above species and below family, and is denoted by a capitalized Latin name Crassula make nice low succulent shrubs in your garden, do well as container plants, and do ok as houseplants. Many are widely grown and not very hard to cultivatecultivate prepare and use for gardening. Crassula species thrive in bright light and good ventilation.

Crassula plants originate all over the world, but most of the varieties in cultivation almost always come from the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Their natural habitathabitat The natural home of a plant. is in semi-aridsemi-arid Semi-arid climates get about twice as much rainfall than arid deserts, which get less than 10 inches per year. deserts in rocky or gravelly soil.

Like with other succulents, if you keep your crassula indoors, you need to mimic their ideal outdoor environment as much as possible. This means getting lots of sunlight near your sunniest window or underneath grow lights if it won’t be able to get at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. You’ll know if your crassula aren’t getting enough light when they start to stretch out, lose their compact shape and become pale in color.

Succulents typically die when brought indoors because of a lack of ventilation. Stagnantstagnant having no current or flow and often having an unpleasant smell as a consequence air causes a buildup of harmful bacteria and fungus which will kill your crassula. Setting up a fan near your plant shelving is a great idea to keep the air flowing constantly as if it were outdoors. A light breeze is all that it takes to keep pests away.

The soil isn’t going to dry out as quickly indoors as it would outdoors, so be sure to use lots of amendmentamendment Material added to a soil to improve its physical properties which create a healthier environment for the roots in your soil mix and keep an eye on how long it takes for them to start showing signs of thirst before watering again. See my guide on soil and soil amendments for succulents.

Crassula succulents grow best in sandy or gritty, mostly inorganicinorganic not consisting of or deriving from living matter substratesubstrate the natural environment in which an organism lives, or the surface or medium on which an organism grows or is attached like most other succulents. Make sure your soil is at least 50% gritty amendment so it drains quickly because, as we know, succulents don’t like their roots to stay in moist soil for very long. They’re quite sensitive to root rot when waterlogged. Good drainage in your pots is very important as these plants are prone to root rot if left in waterlogged soil. Be sure to check out my guide on succulent soil.

Feed crassula during their growing season from mid spring to early fall with a balancedbalanced referring to the nutrient content or NPK numbers. An example of balanced fertilizer has 15-15-15 on the label. fertilizer that is poor in nitrogen. Dilute it to at least half the strength recommended on the label. Do not feed plants during winter or in the hottest part of the summer when they are dormant. See my guide on fertilizing succulents.

Crassula species are very drought tolerant plants, which means they can handle longer periods without water. Being drought tolerant does not, however, mean low water. Water them regularly in the growing season during spring and fall, but avoid water-logging and let your soil dry between waterings. Water sparingly in the winter as temperatures get colder because crassula can lose their roots if the soil stays cold and soggy for too long. The lower the temperature gets, the less watering is needed. If you grow crassula in a container, bottom watering is helpful. See my guide on how to water succulents.

Crassula does well in dappled sun, but can handle some shade, too. In shade the leaves color will stay more green, while in full sunfull sun direct sunlight for at least 8 hours of the day conditions the leaves can develop a pink/orange/red stress color. In the summer keep your crassula cool and provide some shelter from direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day. See my guide to how much light succulents need.

Crassula plants are susceptible to mealy bugs and sometimes scale. They don’t handle extreme cold or hot temperatures very well and do best in a mild, Mediterranean climate where frosts are a rare occurrence.

Crassula propagatepropagate breed specimens of a plant by natural processes from the parent stock like taking stem cuttings, leaf cuttings or seeds the easiest from cuttings. They also propagate from seed and sometimes from leaves depending on the species. The best time to take leaf cuttings is in spring and summer. Take your stem cuttings just below a leaf nodenode The point where a leaf, shoot or root grows from a stem and stick it in dry succulent soil. Don’t water until roots have formed. You’ll know roots have formed by giving it a gentle tug. If there’s any resistance, you’ve got roots! See my guide to propagating stem cuttings.

The name crassula comes from the Latin word crassus, meaning thick.

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Sedum morganianum ‘Burro’s Tail’

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Sedum morganianum 'Burro's Tail' or 'Donkey Tail' Care Guide

Growing Season:
Winter

Dormant Season:
Summer

sedum morganianum burros tail donkey tail succulent plant care and identification card

Sedum morganianum ‘Burro’s Tail’ or ‘Donkey Tail’ is different from Sedum burrito in that its leaves are longer and pointed at the tip. 

Sedum morganianum will trail and grow long stems if kept in bright light and LEFT ALONE. Any time you move this succulent, leaves will fall off. It seems to be less fragile than S. burrito, but still more fragile than most other succulents. 

It is very easy to propagatepropagate breed specimens of a plant by natural processes from the parent stock like taking stem cuttings, leaf cuttings or seeds by leaf. Collect as many leaves as you can and put them on top of dry succulent soil in their forever pot to lessen the amount of moving them from pot to pot as they grow. Once roots form, keep the soil moist and eventually you’ll have a full pot of gorgeous trailing stems. All of the nurseries in San Diego use this method of propagation and it works well for them! 

Be sure to give your Sedum morganianum ‘Burro’s Tail’ lots of ventilation and quickly draining soil as opportunistic pathogens will easily cause rot. 

General Guide to Sedum Care

The key to sedum succulent care is leaving them alone. Seriously. Few succulents require less attention than sedum. They are a diverse genusgenus a principal taxonomic category that ranks above species and below family, and is denoted by a capitalized Latin name native to higher elevations and thrive in rocky, mountainous environments where many other plants would die. Many sedum species are referred to as stonecrop because they appear to grow right out of the rocks. 

Their active growing season is in the cooler spring and fall months so be sure to water them regularly during this time. When they are dormant in the summer, don’t be surprised if they generally look kinda shabby or are more sensitive to excessive heat.

Sedums propagate freely by fallen leaves as well as by seeds and stem cuttings. They spread quickly on the ground, so they make covering slopes a breeze. Sedums typically have shallow root systems and grow best when crowded in groups. The best time to propagate sedum stem cuttings is after they have flowered.

If you are growing your sedum indoors in containers, be sure to give them as much sun as possible by placing them near a sunny window or under grow lights to prevent them from stretching. Most types of sedum can handle some shade, but do need lots of light.

Sedum are some of the hardiest succulents there are. Many sedum varieties can survive temps down to -10°F (USDA Zone 6) although they’d do best if kept in a frost free environment.

Sedum succulents thrive in gritty, inorganic soil mixes. The more grit, the better when it comes to sedum as their natural habitathabitat The natural home of a plant. is on rocky ledges in the mountains. Never let the soil your sedum is planted in become waterlogged and make sure your pots always have a drainage hole so you can properly water using the drench and dry method. See the Guide to Soil for Succulents for more information about the different amendments that people use for their succulents and where you can buy them.

They seriously are low maintenance and don’t like strong fertilizers. If you do fertilize them, do it while they are healthy, actively growing and dilute dilute dilute! Also be sure you choose a fertilizer which is low in nitrogen. Make sure to thoroughly water your sedum after you fertilize because they are susceptible to burning.

They can go longer between waterings than other succulent varieties as they store lots of moisture in their fat leaves. Make sure your pots have a drainage hole so that you can use the drench and dry method of watering. Avoid getting water on the leaves especially in humid areas because any trapped water can cause rot to occur. Sedum can be particularly susceptible to root rot when left in wet, soggy soil so make sure they are well ventilated and in gritty soil, especially in humid areas.

They aren’t very heat tolerant, but love the sun and need at least 6 hours of it every day. If you’re in a particularly hot area, protect them from the harsh rays of the sun during the hottest part of the day. They do need lots of light in order to maintain their colorful leaves. They will turn green if kept in low light. Keep them in the brightest light possible to avoid stretching as when they stretch out, or etiolate, they become weaker and susceptible to pests and disease. Do not expose your sedum to the sun abruptly. Doing so can cause irreversible sunburn. Slowly acclimate it over the course of a week or two. 

If you’re growing sedum indoors, be sure to provide it with lots of ventilation because stagnantstagnant having no current or flow and often having an unpleasant smell as a consequence air leads to a buildup of harmful bacteria and fungus which can lead to rot. A fan and open shelving would be helpful here.

They are prone to aphids, slugs and snails. Fungus gnats are also a pest that hampers sedum and is a sign that your soil is too damp.

Sedum comes from the Latin word “sedeo” which means “to sit.” This is a fitting name because sedum are fantastic ground covers and trail over rocks and walls.

Sedum comes in a huge variety of forms including long trailing types like Burro’s Tail or creeping ground cover like sedum spurium. Sedum dendroideum is even tree-like and grows upright. Their leaves range from thick and fleshy to small and thin. Their flowers generally have five petals and the are known to attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

No, sedum are not monocarpicmonocarpic A succulent that dies after one bloom. Examples are Sempervivum and Agave species. succulents. See my guide to identifying death blooms.

Today, sedum succulents are being used as “green roofs” and are planted on top of buildings to provide insulation, a habitat for wildlife, and to lower urban air temperatures. They also reduce stormwater runoff.

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Sedum burrito

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Sedum burrito Care Guide

Growing Season:
Winter

Dormant Season:
Summer

Sedum burrito (Moran, 1977) is different from Sedum morganianum ‘Burro’s Tail’ in that its leaves are shorter and rounded at the end and the flowers are completely different. 

I have been growing my Sedum burrito in my succulent fountain for about 3 years now and the biggest piece of advice I can give to people who are having problems with theirs is to LEAVE IT ALONE. Once you find a spot that it likes, Do. Not. Move. It. 

The leaves are super fragile and seem to pop off when you glance in its general direction much less touch it. This is definitely a succulent that will not do well if you fuss with it too much. 

Sedum burrito propagates super easily by leaf. The trick is to take a BUNCH of leaves, put them on top of the soil in its forever pot and keep it moist once roots start forming. Be sure to give it lots of ventilation at the same time. Sedum burrito roots are tiny and any movement damages them. All of the nurseries I’ve visited in San Diego propagatepropagate breed specimens of a plant by natural processes from the parent stock like taking stem cuttings, leaf cuttings or seeds their pots this way. 

Protect them from frost and extreme heat. They must have lots of bright light to prevent etiolation and keep their compact, trailing shape. Not enough light and you’ll see lots of room between the leaves which means the stem is also weaker. 

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General Guide to Sedum Care

The key to sedum succulent care is leaving them alone. Seriously. Few succulents require less attention than sedum. They are a diverse genusgenus a principal taxonomic category that ranks above species and below family, and is denoted by a capitalized Latin name native to higher elevations and thrive in rocky, mountainous environments where many other plants would die. Many sedum species are referred to as stonecrop because they appear to grow right out of the rocks. 

Their active growing season is in the cooler spring and fall months so be sure to water them regularly during this time. When they are dormant in the summer, don’t be surprised if they generally look kinda shabby or are more sensitive to excessive heat.

Sedums propagate freely by fallen leaves as well as by seeds and stem cuttings. They spread quickly on the ground, so they make covering slopes a breeze. Sedums typically have shallow root systems and grow best when crowded in groups. The best time to propagate sedum stem cuttings is after they have flowered.

If you are growing your sedum indoors in containers, be sure to give them as much sun as possible by placing them near a sunny window or under grow lights to prevent them from stretching. Most types of sedum can handle some shade, but do need lots of light.

Sedum are some of the hardiest succulents there are. Many sedum varieties can survive temps down to -10°F (USDA Zone 6) although they’d do best if kept in a frost free environment.

Sedum succulents thrive in gritty, inorganic soil mixes. The more grit, the better when it comes to sedum as their natural habitathabitat The natural home of a plant. is on rocky ledges in the mountains. Never let the soil your sedum is planted in become waterlogged and make sure your pots always have a drainage hole so you can properly water using the drench and dry method. See the Guide to Soil for Succulents for more information about the different amendments that people use for their succulents and where you can buy them.

They seriously are low maintenance and don’t like strong fertilizers. If you do fertilize them, do it while they are healthy, actively growing and dilute dilute dilute! Also be sure you choose a fertilizer which is low in nitrogen. Make sure to thoroughly water your sedum after you fertilize because they are susceptible to burning.

They can go longer between waterings than other succulent varieties as they store lots of moisture in their fat leaves. Make sure your pots have a drainage hole so that you can use the drench and dry method of watering. Avoid getting water on the leaves especially in humid areas because any trapped water can cause rot to occur. Sedum can be particularly susceptible to root rot when left in wet, soggy soil so make sure they are well ventilated and in gritty soil, especially in humid areas.

They aren’t very heat tolerant, but love the sun and need at least 6 hours of it every day. If you’re in a particularly hot area, protect them from the harsh rays of the sun during the hottest part of the day. They do need lots of light in order to maintain their colorful leaves. They will turn green if kept in low light. Keep them in the brightest light possible to avoid stretching as when they stretch out, or etiolate, they become weaker and susceptible to pests and disease. Do not expose your sedum to the sun abruptly. Doing so can cause irreversible sunburn. Slowly acclimate it over the course of a week or two. 

If you’re growing sedum indoors, be sure to provide it with lots of ventilation because stagnantstagnant having no current or flow and often having an unpleasant smell as a consequence air leads to a buildup of harmful bacteria and fungus which can lead to rot. A fan and open shelving would be helpful here.

They are prone to aphids, slugs and snails. Fungus gnats are also a pest that hampers sedum and is a sign that your soil is too damp.

Sedum comes from the Latin word “sedeo” which means “to sit.” This is a fitting name because sedum are fantastic ground covers and trail over rocks and walls.

Sedum comes in a huge variety of forms including long trailing types like Burro’s Tail or creeping ground cover like sedum spurium. Sedum dendroideum is even tree-like and grows upright. Their leaves range from thick and fleshy to small and thin. Their flowers generally have five petals and the are known to attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

No, sedum are not monocarpicmonocarpic A succulent that dies after one bloom. Examples are Sempervivum and Agave species. succulents. See my guide to identifying death blooms.

Today, sedum succulents are being used as “green roofs” and are planted on top of buildings to provide insulation, a habitat for wildlife, and to lower urban air temperatures. They also reduce stormwater runoff.

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Sedum dasyphyllum major ‘Himalayan Skies’

sedum dasyphyllum major succulent plant care guide and identification card also known as himalayan skies sedum

Sedum dasyphyllum major 'Himalayan Skies' Care Guide

Growing Season:
Winter

Dormant Season:
Summer

About Sedum dasyphyllum major 'Himalayan Skies'

Sedum dasyphyllum major ‘Himalayan Skies’ is a beautiful, blue green, low-growing succulent that can handle freezing weather down to USDA Zone 7! 

In container gardens, Sedum dasyphyllum major ‘Himalayan Skies’ spills over the sides ever so slightly. It propagates easily by stem cuttings and leaves. It also makes a great succulent for fairy gardens.

General Guide to Sedum Care

The key to sedum succulent care is leaving them alone. Seriously. Few succulents require less attention than sedum. They are a diverse genusgenus a principal taxonomic category that ranks above species and below family, and is denoted by a capitalized Latin name native to higher elevations and thrive in rocky, mountainous environments where many other plants would die. Many sedum species are referred to as stonecrop because they appear to grow right out of the rocks. 

Their active growing season is in the cooler spring and fall months so be sure to water them regularly during this time. When they are dormant in the summer, don’t be surprised if they generally look kinda shabby or are more sensitive to excessive heat.

Sedums propagatepropagate breed specimens of a plant by natural processes from the parent stock like taking stem cuttings, leaf cuttings or seeds freely by fallen leaves as well as by seeds and stem cuttings. They spread quickly on the ground, so they make covering slopes a breeze. Sedums typically have shallow root systems and grow best when crowded in groups. The best time to propagate sedum stem cuttings is after they have flowered.

If you are growing your sedum indoors in containers, be sure to give them as much sun as possible by placing them near a sunny window or under grow lights to prevent them from stretching. Most types of sedum can handle some shade, but do need lots of light.

Sedum are some of the hardiest succulents there are. Many sedum varieties can survive temps down to -10°F (USDA Zone 6) although they’d do best if kept in a frost free environment.

Sedum succulents thrive in gritty, inorganic soil mixes. The more grit, the better when it comes to sedum as their natural habitathabitat The natural home of a plant. is on rocky ledges in the mountains. Never let the soil your sedum is planted in become waterlogged and make sure your pots always have a drainage hole so you can properly water using the drench and dry method. See the Guide to Soil for Succulents for more information about the different amendments that people use for their succulents and where you can buy them.

They seriously are low maintenance and don’t like strong fertilizers. If you do fertilize them, do it while they are healthy, actively growing and dilute dilute dilute! Also be sure you choose a fertilizer which is low in nitrogen. Make sure to thoroughly water your sedum after you fertilize because they are susceptible to burning.

They can go longer between waterings than other succulent varieties as they store lots of moisture in their fat leaves. Make sure your pots have a drainage hole so that you can use the drench and dry method of watering. Avoid getting water on the leaves especially in humid areas because any trapped water can cause rot to occur. Sedum can be particularly susceptible to root rot when left in wet, soggy soil so make sure they are well ventilated and in gritty soil, especially in humid areas.

They aren’t very heat tolerant, but love the sun and need at least 6 hours of it every day. If you’re in a particularly hot area, protect them from the harsh rays of the sun during the hottest part of the day. They do need lots of light in order to maintain their colorful leaves. They will turn green if kept in low light. Keep them in the brightest light possible to avoid stretching as when they stretch out, or etiolate, they become weaker and susceptible to pests and disease. Do not expose your sedum to the sun abruptly. Doing so can cause irreversible sunburn. Slowly acclimate it over the course of a week or two. 

If you’re growing sedum indoors, be sure to provide it with lots of ventilation because stagnantstagnant having no current or flow and often having an unpleasant smell as a consequence air leads to a buildup of harmful bacteria and fungus which can lead to rot. A fan and open shelving would be helpful here.

They are prone to aphids, slugs and snails. Fungus gnats are also a pest that hampers sedum and is a sign that your soil is too damp.

Sedum comes from the Latin word “sedeo” which means “to sit.” This is a fitting name because sedum are fantastic ground covers and trail over rocks and walls.

Sedum comes in a huge variety of forms including long trailing types like Burro’s Tail or creeping ground cover like sedum spurium. Sedum dendroideum is even tree-like and grows upright. Their leaves range from thick and fleshy to small and thin. Their flowers generally have five petals and the are known to attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

No, sedum are not monocarpicmonocarpic A succulent that dies after one bloom. Examples are Sempervivum and Agave species. succulents. See my guide to identifying death blooms.

Today, sedum succulents are being used as “green roofs” and are planted on top of buildings to provide insulation, a habitat for wildlife, and to lower urban air temperatures. They also reduce stormwater runoff.

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