Succulents Box December 2018 Care Guide

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It's this time of the year, this month we have a special box featuring all rare and hard-to-find succulents: Crassula Moonglow, Concrete Leaf Titanopsis Calcarea, Karoo Rose & Anacampseros Telephiastrum Variegata. 

Read on to find out about this month plants and their care guide 

1. Crassula Moonglow 

Crassula Moonglow

Crassula 'Moonglow' is a stacked hybrid between Crassula deceptor v. arta and Crassula falcata. It has thick fleshy gray-green leaves that form compact square rosettes stacked on top of each other like a tower (quite similar to Crassula Ivory Tower or Ivory Pagoda) as high as 18 inches. The plant needs a lot of support so that the stacked column will not fall over. Its leaves are covered with fine short hairs, giving it a chalky fuzzy look. Crassula Moonglow produces clusters of small pink-orange flowers in winter or spring.

Sun exposure: Full sun. Full shade is not recommended to prevent etiolation and rot.
Soil: Porous and well-drained potting mix.
Water: Water thoroughly only when soil is dry to the touch, then let drain completely.
Cold Tolerance: Down to at least 27 °F.

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

2. Concrete Leaf Titanopsis Calcarea

Concrete Leaf Titanopsis Calcarea

Titanopsis calcarea 'Jewel Plant' is a mat-forming succulent that is also known by various names: Concrete Leaf, Jewel Weed, Carpet Leaf, Sheep’s Tongue, or Living Stone. It forms rosettes up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter. These rosettes consist of fleshy grey green leaves with plenty of rough white grey tubercles concentrated at the tips. Jewel Plant produces yellow or orange flowers of about 0.8 inch (2 cm) in diameter. It usually becomes dormant or semi-dormant during the hottest summer months.

Sun exposure: Full sun.
Soil: Porous, gritty and well-drained potting soil.
Water: In the spring and autumn, water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch, then let drain completely. Water less frequently in the winter, only enough to prevent the leaves from shriveling. Reduce watering to a minimum during its dormancy in the summer to avoid root rot.
Moisture: Concrete Leaf prefers a dry atmosphere.
Fertilizer: Feed with a cactus food every 1-2 weeks during the growing season in the spring.
Repotting: Every two years.

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

3. Karoo Rose 

 Karoo Rose Lapidaria margaretae

Lapidaria margaretae, also known as Karoo Rose, is closely related to the Aizoaceae family. Therefore, it looks quite similar to Lithops, Dinteranthus, and Schwantesia, except that Lapidaria margaretae has from two to four pairs of leaves instead of just one pair. In the fall or early winter, Karoo Rose blooms beautiful large yellow flowers up to 2 inches (5 cm) wide.

Sun exposure: Full sun to Partial sun. Put it in the shade during hot summer months. 
Soil: Porous and well-drained potting mix.
Temperatures: Lapidaria margaretae prefers warm weather. It goes dormant during hot summers and cold winters. Frost tolerant to -4 ° C for short periods.
Water: Water once every one or two weeks (only when soil is dry to the touch) then let it drain completely. Do not water during its dormancy.

4. Anacampseros Telephiastrum ‘Variegata’

Anacampseros Telephiastrum ‘Variegata’

Anacampseros Telephiastrum ‘Variegata’ 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.

Light: Anacampseros grow well in partial sun with bright light enhancing the leaf colors and keeping them compact. 
Soil: 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. 
Fertilizer: 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.

Zone 8a 10 to 15 °F
Zone 8b 15 to 20 °F
Zone 9a 20 to 25 °F
Zone 9b 25 to 30 °F


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