Introduce exciting succulents into your garden – The Burlington Record

With over 10,000 succulents and many hybrids introduced each year, there is a succulent plant that will suit any garden design or solar orientation. There are botanical ground covers, backdrop shrubs, eye-catching stars and large tree shapes. Several impressive properties are perfectly suited to Marine Gardens.

What better time than now to introduce less water-intensive plants into our gardens and do a little good in the world?

Spring and fall are the best times to plant succulents. Temperature fluctuations are adjusted and the new plants have time to spread their roots.

UC Marin Master Gardeners propagated and planted succulents at the Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael for their large outdoor sale from 8 to 11 a.m. May 22. Just check. Playful and artfully arranged plant growers will also be provided. For more information on succulents as well as a list of succulents for sale, go to [email protected]

The best way to have success growing succulents is to understand their growing habits. For most succulents, this means keeping their roots dry. Plant in soil that has been combined with porous materials such as lava rock, pumice, or even compost. Since most of the soil in Marin is clay, succulents planted in a raised mound help ensure drainage. Place the most water-resistant succulent at the base of the pile and the most water-sensitive juicer at the top of the pile.

While all succulent plants are from dry regions of the world, those in a Mediterranean climate grow in the winter and are dormant in the summer. This includes aeonium, agarwood, crassiola, calanchose, and sedum. Succulent plants from other dry regions, including Australia, the Arabian Peninsula, and the deserts of Argentina, Arizona, and Mexico, grow in summer and are dormant in winter. Summer growers include agave, echeverias, and sempervivums.

The plump, orange leaves of the ‘Campfire’ jade plant protect against harmful UV rays.

Succulents store water in dense leaves, stems and roots. Recent scientific research has concluded that succulents are adapted to store water in their leaves with an evolutionary third vein; Other leaves have two veins. These thick leaves are often arranged in spiral and showy rosettes. Each of the succulents offered for sale by UC Marin Master Gardeners has an interesting feature.

Sedum, perhaps the most widespread worldwide, blends well with other small succulents. Known for their colorful leaves that range from chartreuse, blue-green, and even burgundy, the sedum can be a dramatic pop in landscapes.

Aloe plants, a cactus tree, can grow to 10 feet tall and flower in winter, attracting hummingbirds and bees when there are few other plants in bloom. Its red-orange flowers are stunning, reminiscent of a menorah or torch.

Several of the Crassulas (Jade) family will be presented, including Crassula capitella ‘Campfire’. The succulent, plump leaves all store water but ‘Campfire’ leaves do something unique. To make food for the plant, the leaf collects energy from the sun through openings (slots). Crassulas has adapted an interesting metabolism that allows it to collect moisture at night. ‘Campfire’ leaves turn bright orange to protect against UV damage during the day.

Sedum repestre ‘Angelina’, Echeveria elegans, and Aeonium decorum represent a border of beautiful contrasting colours.

Another stunning succulent plant is Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ and its symmetrical, architecturally ornamental shape suits any garden. This dark burgundy succulent pairs well with the blue chalk sticks of Senecio Mandraliscae, which are also on sale.

Lots of hybrid succulents have appeared recently, including Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’, which range in color from orange to bronze to purple.

Succulent plants add unparalleled beauty to our gardens. Some gave you.

Sponsored by UC Cooperative Extension, University of California Marin Master Gardeners provides scientific information and research for home garden growers. Email questions to [email protected] Attach photos to inquire about pests or plant diseases. The office is closed for visits without attendance.

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