I live in the south in the US and have started a little collection of aloes and succulents. I want to have them in a garden one day as pretty accents but I'm afraid to put them outside. I almost killed my aloe by leaving it outside in the heat earlier this year. How do yours grow outside as well as they do and what do you do with them in the winter?
I grow just one mama aloe and a few pups in a sunny window, and I use it for burns. It’s the easiest thing to have on hand for first aid if you accidentally scald yourself (but don’t eat it — more and more studies show they are toxic)!
As far as I understand (succulents are not my specialty, so you may want to ask someone like cactguy or cacticonnoisseur to get a second opinon) heat shouldn’t be an issue, as this is plant that has been naturalised in deserts around thew world.
It’s possible you killed it with kindness and gave it too much water, or that there was an unseasonably cold night and the plant suffered a shock by having it’s environment shifted too rapidly. Other than that, I should think that if you have a good amount of heat and sun, you shouldn’t have any problems growing aloes outdoors in the summertime. Just harden them off gradually with a few hours outdoors every day for two weeks if you are worried about shock.
Hey I saw your post about the multicolored cacti in the white square pots at Walmart, and I was wondering what was up with those? I haven't been able to find anything online about them but I've seen them in a few stores around here
It is the second generation of pigmentizing cacti. Last year, they painted succulents and cacti, so the paint would eventually wear off or the cacti would grow out of it. Of course, especially on the succulents, it had to have had an effect on transpiration and CO2 absorption, too.
These ones would probably grow fine, but all the new spines will be normal and you’d have an awkward looking plant.
Hi cactguy, you sell cacti to make some income on the side right? I would like to know how you started and how it all works because I'm really interested in exploiting this idea myself. Thanks!
Without giving away to much, I loosely look for something currently in the market and either (1) make it better (2) make it more cheaply or (3) make it my own. Of course, I also get unique ideas and try them out. Last fall I did planted pumpkins - and it was a one-time trial, but I continue to buy and make toy dino planters and plant coffee cups because they continue to sell.
In terms of the business side, I use tumblr (botanicality.tumblr.com), my personal FB, personal contacts, business cards, Etsy, and Square to run and promote my business. It allows me to put more time in when I can and to back off when life is more pressing.
Also, for my business, it is also far more profitable to buy and resell plants rather than growing my own.
Hi, I just recently started following you and so far I love your blog. Would you mind helping me with this? I have a succulent (I do not know what kind) and red shamrock in a pot together (I just recently re-potted them) and for the longest time the succulent has been tipping over and I am worried about it breaking. I was wondering if there is something I could do about this or if I should just stick something for it to lean on in the pot.
Depending on the succulent, you could consider cutting it down, letting it scar over, and reroot it. If you don’t want to do that, you could use a rock I suppose.
But I am concerned in the long term a planter with a succulent and a water-loving shamrock could be as incompatible as … say … me and … ke$ha. Loving one would kill the other.