Succulent Ramblings

I like to ramble on about my plants... and other things! My hope is to log the progress of plants and talk about my frustrations with others. So, tune in, turn on, or drop out (if you find it boring!)

Friday, September 22, 2006

Let's see if I can post pics this time...Hey, it's working! Yay!! Well, this is my Hoya fungii, which popped it's first bloom about 10 days ago - and it still looks great. I think that's the longest a bloom has looked that good, except maybe kerrii, whose flowers are more waxy and compact. Fungii has also shot out some new growth that looks good. It seems to be a very happy plant at this point. I hope I can keep it that way through the winter. With all my new Hoyas, I may have to try to keep the GH a little warmer this winter than in the past. I've heard, though, that we're in an "El Nino" year, so we are supposedly going to have a warmer than normal winter. That's ok by me... as long as we get plenty of precip to keep the ground hydrated.

So here is a pic of fungii, the plant itself :

The leaves are large, nicely veined, dark green, start out feeling thin, but then develop a more succulent feel as they mature. It's one that seems to dry out pretty quickly, so takes a fair amount of water.

I've got a Huernia schnideriana (I think) I put in a bonsai pot and it's one happy plant! It's put on lots of new growth this summer, and then it started blooming a few weeks ago. I love the little burgandy flowers...

Stapeliads are supposed to have stinky flowers, but I've never detected any odor with this one. I used to grow quite a few Huernias and Stapelias, but they are such mealy magnets and they rot if you don't give them the exact right amount of water in winter. A tiny bit too much - mush. Dry a little too long - mush. This one seems to be the most forgiving and not so attractive to mealies, so I've kept it. In fact, I have a big ol' pot full of it at work.

Well, that's enough this time. Hope I can get back sooner next time.