Sunday, September 27, 2009

An Endless Summer of Potted Succulents



The summer here in Maine has slipped by all too quickly and the autumn air is creeping in. But we are managing to still keep ourselves quite busy at the farm preparing the hardy stock for the colder weather to come and planning, planting, and pruning with abandon in the greenhouses in anticipation of next season. If you haven't visited in the off-season you really should. The greenhouses are open year round and can be a retreat of tropical lush greenery much appreciated on a blustery cold New England day.

Most recently we have become very excited about our ever-expanding inventory of potted succulents. They are possibly the lowest maintenance of all our greenhouse plants and are just as easy to keep as houseplants as long as you have a bit of direct sun. They generally thrive on a windowsill in well drained soil when watered just once or twice a month through the winter. It really doesn't get much easier than that! The color and shape variations available are practically endless and almost sculptural. Here's a taste of what we currently have in stock to get you salivating.
A varigated aloe variety

An echeveria hybrid
An unusual sedum variety
Sedum 'Hens and Chicks'
Agave 'Retro Choke'
Agave 'Sharkskin
A small leafed jade
Sedum hispanicum 'Blue Carpet'

An assortment in our own hypetufa pots
Kalanchoe 'Flapjack'


An assortment of potted echeveria varieties


A closer look

A profile view


And our HUGE varigated agave
Well it's pretty large for around these parts, anyway.


Feel free to comment if you know any of the horticultural names I have missed.