Sunday, June 19, 2011

Echeveria in bloom

Last year I put a bunch of echeveria offsets in a glazed strawberry pot, not expecting much. In fact, I never even really finished the pot by putting a feature plant in the top. Much to my surprise, the echeverias not only survived, they positively thrived, and now they are in bloom.

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Glazed strawberry pot with Echeveria subsessilis.
The other succulent is Graptosedum ‘Vera Higgins’.

I had the pot in the full sun until just recently, but with the advent of summer and temperatures in the 90s, I thought it prudent to move it onto the front porch where it’s in half shade now.

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Echeverias in full bloom

I love the way echeverias flower: Their flower stalks form a hook on top, which, when two stalks are side by side, often results in a heart. Weird and wonderful for sure.

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Two flower stalks forming a heart
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The flowers themselves are very small, less than ½" across

I recently planted offsets from our Aeonium ‘Kiwi’ in the top of the pot. Aeoniums are winter growers so they’re about to go dormant for the summer, but I expect good growth next fall. The yellow from the aeoniums will be a nice contrast against the blue of the pot.

6 comments:

  1. I do like Echeveria flowers! To me they look like Tinkerbell hats or even little sweets!

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  2. Those are really cool little flowers! I wonder if the little echeveria in my terrarium will flower?

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  3. Never saw 'hens and chicks' looking so beautiful. You're photos captured a loveliness not often seen.

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  4. Thank you, all, for your nice comments.

    Alan, your echeveria should bloom even in a terrarium. In my experience, they bloom more readily than just about any other succulent.

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  5. How do I get my echerevia to bloom

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    1. Be sure to give it enough sun or bright light but protect it from the hot afternoon sun (depending on where you live). It does need bright light to flower.

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