With the new month comes new excitement! This August, we have selected some of the most usual and interesting choices of plant for you including Ruby Necklace, Anacampseros, Sedum Fire Storm and Crassula Ruffle Jade.
Othonna capensis ‘Ruby Necklace’ is a trailing succulent with multiple purple pink stems and long narrow bean-shaped leaves. The beans have beautiful vibrant colors of green, purple, or deep red. The more light they receives, the more red they become. The delicate shape and red colors of these leaves are similar to precious gem pendants on necklaces, giving it the name 'Ruby Necklace'.
The plant displays little yellow daisy like flowers on a long reddish stalk all year round.
These strings of beans are perfect for hanging baskets or in a rock garden.
All of the plants will be shipped bare root.
Full sun. Filtered sunlight. Partial shade in the summer.
Porous and well-drained potting soil.
Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch, then let drain completely. Avoid letting water sit for too long in the soil to prevent rot and fungal diseases. Reduce watering during their dormancy in the summer.
USDA Hardiness Zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (10 °C)
Anacampseros Telephiastrum is a dense mat and caudex forming succulent up to inches (15 cm) tall, with lanceolate shaped green, bright pink and yellow or cream colored leaves.
They can be grown compact as rosettes, but with time they start go grow longer and longer and offsetting to create a dense mat or trail over the edge of pots. With age they also can form a small caudex as the base of the plant, but because of how very slow growing they are this takes a very long amount of time.
Flowers are pink and up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) in diameter and appear in afternoon in summer.
Anacampseros grow well in partial sun with bright light enhancing the leaf colors and keeping them compact.
They require a gritty free-draining soil with added organic material and low to moderate watering. The beautiful caudiciform species are prone to rot and should be watered very sparingly.
Feed with a high potassium fertilizer in summer during the growing season diluted to one-fourth potency and mix into the watering can for application. Anacampseros is an excellent plant for container growing. It always looks good and stays small. It look fine in a cold greenhouse and frame. It do well outdoors in raised beds and terraces as well.
USDA Hardiness Zone 8a to 9b
Sedum Adolphii, also known as Golden Sedum, is a tender succulent that grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall. It is a groundcover that forms rosettes of green-yellow leaves, up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) long.
Sedum Adolphii develops orange or red hue when it receives a great amount of sunlight. As the rosettes mature, they grow new leaves at the center and shed the older leaves on the soil. These old leaves can root and grow into new plants.
Sedum Adolphii produces small cream-colored flower heads in spring.
Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil.
Water deeply when soil is dry to the touch, then let drain completely.
USDA Hardiness Zone 9a to 11b
Crassula arborescens subsp. undulatifolia is also known as Ripple Jade Crassula or Ruffle Jade Crassula.
It is a succulent shrub that grows up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall and forms elliptic, blue-grey, twisted and erect leaves with purple margins. It produces very stout succulent branches and a natural bonsai-like aspect with compact rounded heads of white star-like flowers.
Minimum of 3 hours direct sunlight per day.
Well-Drained, Porous, Gritty. Optimal pH is around 6.0 (slightly acidic).
Average summer temperatures from 65ºF/18ºC to 70ºF/21ºC are ideal. In winter, it can survive temperatures as low as 50ºF/10ºC.
Feed once with a controlled-release fertilizer at the beginning of the growing season.
You can propagate Ruffle Jade Crassula by division, offsets or leaf cuttings. The easiest way is to propagate from a single leaf: put the leaf in a succulent or cacti mix, then cover until it sprouts.
USDA Hardiness Zone 9a to 10b