Now the article is called the most common succulent plants, and I have grown some of these but some are new so will take a few days to go thru the list with pictures so you can see if you have them in your succulents. I am always learning so love to do this blog as often as I can to keep learning. When I have researched this genius of succulents, there is only 15,000 species in it...so here is one of them.
How does your succulent garden grow? Whether you cultivate a pretty little dish garden, a rustic log planter overflowing with succulents, or a trio of concrete planters with large fleshy-leafed specimens, succulents have never been more trendy than now. The wide range of succulent colors, textures, and forms provide gardeners with a myriad of ways to update fairy gardens, living wreaths, and vertical planters. Learn about nine succulents that you can add to any sunny window as a low-maintenance houseplant options.
How to Care for Your Moonstone Plant
With its whorls of silvery, plump leaves, the moonstone plant (Pachyphytum oviferum) makes an attractive addition to any collection of succulents. These members of the stonecrop family thrive in sunny areas in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 9 and 10, but also can be kept indoors under the right conditions. As with other succulents, moonstone plants can be trouble-free plants if cared for properly. To ensure your moonstone thrives, it must be given the right soil, enough light and the right amount of moisture.
Growing Moonstones Outdoors
1 Choose a spot in your garden for your moonstone that receives full sun throughout the year. In areas with intensely hot summers, the spot should receive dappled shade during summer afternoons.
2 Amend your garden soil if it doesn't drain quickly. Prior to planting, work in a 50/50 mix of compost and sand or pumice into the planting area to a depth of 12 inches.
3 Plant your moonstone no deeper than it was planted in the nursery pot it came in. Provide at least 12 inches of space around the plant to it to sprawl, since moonstone plants start out upright, but then spread out along the ground. Mulch around the plant with black pebbles to enhance its appearance.
4 Water your moonstone plant only when the soil feels dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. Overwatering moonstones or any other succulent will lead to root rot.
5 Protect your moonstone from cold weather. Although San Marcos Growers reports some moonstones can tolerate temperatures as low as 20 degrees, it's best to protect your moonstone if there is any danger of frost. Protect the plant by covering it with a light blanket or sheet, or by mounding leaves over it until the danger has passed.
1 Place a layer of gravel in your container and then fill the container with a potting mix intended specifically for succulents. The container does not have to be very deep, but should be 8 to 12 inches in diameter to allow the plant to spread.
2 Plant your moonstone so the stem is in the soil no deeper than it was in the container it came in. Water the container well, and then add a layer of black pebbles over the top of the soil to complement and set off your silvery moonstone plant.
3 Keep your plant in a sunny spot of your home. Gardeners who live in USDA zones 9 and 10 can keep their moonstone plants outdoors most of the year, but should bring them indoors if there is any danger of frost. Gardeners in other areas can place their moonstone plant outside in a sunny location during the summer. If your area experiences intense summer heat, give your moonstones light shade during summer afternoons.
4 Water your moonstone plant when the soil in the container feels dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. Resist the temptation to overwater any succulent.
Things You Will Need
◾Small garden shovel or hand trowel
◾Sand or pumice
◾Container with drainage holes
◾Succulent potting mix
A good way to tell if your moonstone plant needs watering is to examine the leaves. If they appear plump and feel firm, the plant doesn't need to be watered. If the leaves appear wrinkly or feel soft, it's time to water. Since overwatering is the main cause of most succulent problems, it's better to underwater than to water too frequently.
till next time this is Becky Litterer, Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa