Cacti and Succulent Gardening in Connecticut

Hey GPODers!

A brand new editor is on the helm of Backyard Picture of the Day, and I need to take the chance to (kind of) formally introduce myself. My title is Kaitlyn Hayes, and I’ve been working with High-quality Gardening behind the scenes for a number of years in digital content material manufacturing—although you’ll have seen my title sprinkled throughout the web site or gracing the pages of the journal right here or there.

I grew up round girls who beloved to backyard. I spent most summers deadheading annuals with my mother or choosing the largest tomatoes from my grandmother’s beds. I’ve at all times held an excellent appreciation and love for crops massive and small, however I additionally at all times mentioned that the inexperienced thumb in my household should have skipped a technology. Yr after 12 months I might attempt to preserve all number of crops alive, however with no success. I gave up hope of having fun with my very own gardening endeavors till I started working at High-quality Gardening and, with a brand new wealth of information, determined to offer crops one other go.

This was additionally across the identical time that I purchased a camper van and began taking months-long journeys throughout North America whereas I used to be working remotely. These two worlds collided, which led me to my newfound love of cacti and succulents. Their low-maintenance wants and the numerous varieties which can be gradual rising permit me to take my inexperienced treasures on the highway whereas making certain they’ll survive and gained’t outgrow my restricted area.

With that being mentioned, I’ve shortly amassed a set that’s rising past camper-van capability. Beneath are simply a few of my favorites, new and outdated. If anybody is . . . they’re principally nicely behaved, and I might actually use a plant sitter!

close up of Babys Necklace succulentCrassula ‘Child’s Necklace’ – a brand new addition that has shortly change into my newest obsession. The trailing, beefy foliage is a lot extra attention-grabbing than string-of-pearls (Curio rowleyanus, syn. Senecio rowleyanus) or Burro’s-tail (Sedum morganianum) (in my view), however they’re ten-times extra hardy and gained’t drop to the ground with the slightest contact.

Babys Necklace succulent plant from aboveA shot of ‘Child’s Necklace’ from above captures the deeper coloration that emerges on the ideas of some leaves.

Silver squill plant from aboveI’ve had this silver squill (Ledebouria socialis) for a couple of years now and it stays a favourite. I used to be immediately intrigued by the above-ground bulbs after I first bought the plant, and it stays on the high of the pack for the numerous tiny flowers that bloom each single 12 months.

close up of Silver squill flowersAn in depth up of a few of the tiny flowers on show this 12 months.

Pencil cactus planted in old candle jarI really like recycling and using unconventional containers for my indoor crops, and typically the container helps a plant change into a brand new favourite. This pencil cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli) match completely in an outdated candle jar. After very fastidiously drilling some holes within the backside with a diamond-tipped drill bit, it turned the right house for this peculiar plant.

close up of Bears Paw succulentBear’s paw (Cotyledon tomentosa) is a more moderen addition that I can’t assist poking in any respect day. I’ve by no means been so tempted to carry a bear’s hand till I gave a pinch to certainly one of these fuzzy, succulent leaves. The lovable pink duck I used to be capable of pot it in does give it some bonus factors, however the unimaginable development its had over just some months would have had it on the high of my checklist both means.

various houseplants on a table in front of a windowHonorable mentions to a few of my hardest warriors: Snake crops, a cash tree (Pachira aquatica), and ladyfinger cactus (Mammillaria elongata). I’ve had these crops the longest and all have survived varied strategies of abuse and neglect (AKA surviving the lengthy drives from Connecticut to Vancouver and again).

close up of Old man cactusAnd my closing function for at present is an oldie, however goodie. My outdated man cactus (Cephalocereus senilis) by no means fails to place a smile on my face. Everybody ought to have at the least one plant that appears as kooky because it sounds.


If you want to see a few of the adventures I take with my plant companions, verify me out on Instagram: @agirlherdogandtheroad

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