Succulents for Sale

“We’re addicted to succulents, so writing this blog is so much fun for us!”

Greetings, my fellow succulent lovers! 

Are you an amateur gardener in need of succulents for sale, excited to plant your first succulent garden? 

Or are you a more experienced, long-term succulent enthusiast looking to expand your much beloved succulent collection?

No matter the case, don’t you worry. You’re on the right track! Our resident botanical expert is more than grateful to keep you up to date with all the tips-&-tricks we wish someone taught us when we started growing succulents.

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First of all, succulents are perfect for any occasion and any location. Millions worldwide use succulents for business as income generators, gifts, personal hobbies, interior decoration, or even succulent outdoor landscaping. We also tend to favor succulents for their low maintenance – able to thrive with minimal care required.

Well then, I did say that succulents are everywhere. You can find them in supermarkets, farmers’ markets, swap meets, yard sales, or at your local gardening store. 

However, due to the COVID pandemic and countrywide lock-down, we advise you to opt for online shopping instead of leaving your quarantine station to visit a brick & mortar store in person. 

Not only is online shopping more accessible, but it also saves you time and money. We welcome you to join us as we take a tour of our top 5 online shops from which you can buy your succulents.

Succulents for Sale – Succulent City

“We have to admit we love our Succulents.” – The opening sentence on their website’s About Us section says it all. They are succulent lovers at heart.

Our go-to store for anything succulent related, Succulent City stands out among its peers. Some of their bestsellers include:

Aloe Vera Plants – 5″ – from $12.95

Mini Leaf Jade Plant – 4″ – from $7.95

6pc Succulent Gardening Tool Set  – $6.95

(E-Book) All the Types of Succulents for Indoor & Outdoor – $9.95

Concrete Skull Planter – $24.95

Founded in 2018, not only do they stock a wide array of succulent plants, but they also have dozens of succulent reviews, succulent growing guides, and a collection of informative e-books featuring some of the most requested topics. 

We love Succulent City’s niche focus on connecting with its readers through online forums, chat rooms, and social media. Examples include:

  • You can join the Succulent City Instagram page and introduce the world to photos of your lovely succulent collection.  
  • Browse and share EVEN MORE pictures on their Pinterest page.
  • Relax and interact with your fellow succulent enthusiasts at the Succulent City Plant Lounge. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, you are always welcomed with open arms. 

When you shop with Succulent City, you become part of a family. You are no longer “just a customer.” You can ask questions and swap care tips with a worldwide community of succulent lovers. 

Did we mention their affordable prices? If you’re on a budget, then this one’s for you. Shop at Succulent City and take advantage of their fantastic offers!

Succulents for Sale – Succulent Box

“Not everyone can do great things, but we can all do small things with great love.” Succulent Box is known for its outstanding support to different foundations that benefit many people through their growing community of organically grown succulents. 

They offer 300+ varieties of succulents that you will love at affordable prices, but it’s their gift boxes that are the talk of the town.

Their Beginner Kit Gift Box ($49.85), for example, consists of  

1 Random succulent, 

2” or 4” Clay Pot, 

Watering Bottle 500 ML, 

Wooden Gardening Tools or 

Blue or Pink Tool Sets, 

Detailed Care Instruction Card, 

Bag of Soil, 

Bag of Brown Wood Pebbles or Polished White Pebbles, 

Dust Blower, 

Greeting Card,

Decorative shredded paper.

If you’re after a shop that offers a one-stop-shopping experience regarding succulents, then Succulent Box is your answer. 

Other notable offers and collections include:

  • Succulents Subscription Boxes
  • Customizable Gift Boxes & Cards
  • Succulent Packs & Kits 
  • Outdoor & Indoor Succulents
  • Pet-friendly Succulents
  • Trailing/Hanging, Miniature, Rosette-shaped, Rare & Weirdo Succulents
  • Topdressings for succulents, Airplant accessories, & Heat packs
  • Succulent-designed Jewelry
  • Blog corner with succulent-related topics

Succulents for Sale – Leaf & Clay

With over 3000 5-star customer reviews, fast service, and hundreds of healthy succulents, Leaf & Clay is next on our list. 

If you enjoy geeking out over rare succulents and cacti, succulent accessories, pots, macrame, and succulents, you need to check this one out.

Sure they have great prices, but you will also be pleased by their vast array of eye-catching succulents for sale available at your fingertips.

Moreover, if you’re interested in beautiful original handcrafted succulent pots for your home decor, you need to visit Leaf & Clay’s pot section. Some of our favorites include:

Ashbury Pot – $12.00

Caspian Pot – $18.00

Ezzie Pot – $36.00

With Leaf & Clay’s elegant and premium vibe, check out these fantastic offers:

Succulents for Sale – Lula’s Garden

“Happiness grows here.”

With exquisite and high-end collections, Lula’s Garden welcomes you to the art of gifting re-imagined. 

A succulent gifting company, they create one-of-a-kind memorable gifts with their Garden Collections – succulents and cacti hand-picked and planted in sophisticated looking designs in sophisticated looking planters.

First, you pick and customize your preferred garden size (shown above) & which succulents you want. 

They will deliver your customized “garden” to a recipient of your choice in a classy, expensive-looking, ready-to-display planter. 

Express your love with an eco-friendly succulent gift box guaranteed to make the recipient get a warm feeling from head to toe. 

With that, check out these fantastic offers and collections:

  • Easter & Corporate Gifts 
  • Garden Collections: Petite, Original, Deluxe Premium
  • Customizable Garden Gifts
  • Gift Cards

Succulents for Sale – The Succulent Source

Are your events getting a little repetitive? Succulent Source greets you with its diverse collections of succulents and cacti that are perfect for your home and event decorations. 

A self-confessed one-stop-shop, the Succulent Source is a family-run succulent nursery that has been sharing its passion for succulents by selling their gorgeous, unique, and varied plants. 

From cuttings to variety packs, come check out these fantastic offers and collections at affordable prices: 

Check out their featured articles: 

CBS8: Growing a Family and a Business during COVID-19

NBC: Rooted in Family, trying New Ways to Grow business

Finally, with all these fantastic shops, here are some TIPS FOR BUYING SUCCULENTS ONLINE. 

There are certainly pros and cons with online shopping for plants, given that you are unable to check the plants’ conditions on hand. That said, here are some tips that will help keep your online shopping experience breezy.

  • Look for high-quality reviews; You can never go wrong with the customer’s reviews and feedbacks. For a good guarantee, read through detailed reviews before checking out your orders.
  • Carefully read the products’ descriptions to avoid situations where you’re in a hurry and mistakenly order the wrong product.
  • Replant as soon as you receive it. There are many issues your plant can face while it is in transit. Sometimes, the roots are not adequately spread out in the soil, leaving your succulent vulnerable to damaged roots. Replanting it will help the plant breathe and grow more.

Before you leave, 

We all know the risk of buying something online, constantly worrying about the condition of the product as it gets shipped to us. 

But fear not, ordering plants may be a little problematic as they see it through the delivery process, but it’s all worth it when you get your hands on that little beauty and replant it. 

Succulents are hardy survival-oriented plants and are quick to recover as long as you give them the primary care required. Moreover, these succulent shops have already earned an excellent reputation among online plant shops, so breathe a little and believe!

Now that you’ve already checked the list of shops and tips we shared, have you found your new favorite succulent shop? With all these succulents and cacti varieties, go ahead and explore different options, mix & match them to suit your unique style. 

Happy Planting!

Agave ‘Blue Glow’

FACT SHEET – AGAVE “BLUE GLOVE”

GENUSAgave
FAMILYAsparagaceae
OTHER NAMESCentury plant
SUNLIGHTFull sun Partial Sun
TEMPERATUREMinimum 20°F
CLIMATETropical Dry Arid Semi-Arid
PROPAGATIONCoring
HEIGHT1-3 feet
PARENTSAgave attenuata x Agave ocahui
OTHERSToxicDeer resistantHybridMonocarpic

The Blue Glow is an instantly noticeable hybrid succulent with its elegant, symmetrical, solitary rosette of green-blue leaves, each sporting a delicate gold and red margin.

The Agave genus of succulents is generally native to hot and arid regions of Mexico, Southern USA, and  South Americas.

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Agave ‘Blue Glow’ @Pinterest

Fun Fact: The term ‘Agave‘ comes from the Greek word ‘agauos,’ meaning admirable.

What is a Hybrid Succulent?

Hybridization is the process of cross-breeding two plants of different species to produce another new species.

The Agave Blue Glow is a hybrid succulent. The result of cross-breeding the Agave attenuata and the Agave ocahui.  As a cultivar, the Agave Blue Glow gets some of its most outstanding features from its parent succulents, as shown below.     

PARENT PLANTQUALITIES INHERITED
Agave attenuataBroad leaves. Beautiful color.
Agave ocahuiTerminal spine. Smaller size. Solitary rosettes.

Most popular Agave species

  • Agave victorae (Queen Victoria Agave)
  • Agave attenuate (Foxtail Agave)
  • Americana (Century Plant)
  • Agave Vilmoriniana (Octopus Agave)

Features of the Agave ‘Blue Glow’

Reaching a height of 2 feet ( 3 feet in some cases ), the Blue Glow has 18inch long, 1½ inch wide leaves sprouting out of a stout, terminal spine.

A slow-growing kinda gal, the Agave Blue Glow is a monocarpic succulent.

Its flower, a beautiful yellow, will bloom only once – when the succulent reaches full maturity after 7 to 15 years. In wistful, poetic prose, the Agave Blue Glow will die soon after flowering, many times without forming even a single offset.  

People usually confuse the Agave ‘Blue Glow’ with the Agave ‘Blue Flame’ due to their similarities from an aesthetic perspective.

However, look carefully, and you will realize the ‘Blue Glow’ is smaller than its peer, the ‘Blue Flame.’

It is easy to identify the Blue Glow from its other cultivar siblings.

The leaves on the Blue Glow have a golden yellow edge with a red margin running the entire length of the plant culminating in a single spine/thorn at the tip of each leaf.

The leaf’s golden yellow edge comes alive at night, especially when illuminated from the back appearing to give off a unique kind of glow.

The dramatic color of its foliage and overall appearance – each leaf looks like a silvery-blue sword slicing up out of the ground – makes the Agave Blue Glow a perfect statement succulent for bordering and succulent landscaping.

Growing Agave ‘Blue Glow’

Soil

The Blue Glow will appreciate slightly acidic soil with extensive drainage properties. Plant this bad-boy in a fresh batch of quick drain cactus soil mix and watch it thrive.

Like all other succulents, the Blue Glow needs a growing medium with adequate aeration and drainage capabilities. A pre-mixed bag of cactus soil fits the bill – cactus soil is porous with excellent drainage, making it perfect for our needs.

Ask the supervisor at your local gardening store for their best batch of succulent or cactus soil mix.

If you can’t get to a physical brick-and-mortar store, you can shop online from sites like Amazon or opt to make your soil-mix from home.

Learn how to DIY your planting soil at home:

How To Make Your Succulent Soil At Home.

Watering

While most succulents can survive a couple of weeks without water, the Agave Blue Glow is undoubtedly the king of the roost when it comes to surviving without water. A mature Blue Glow succulent is highly drought resistant.

This bad boy will proliferate without much ado in some of the harshest environments. Follow the watering schedule illustrated below, and your Agave Blue Glow should turn out just OK.

SUMMERWater your succulent thoroughly when the soil feels dry to the touch.
SPRING
FALL
WINTERWater sparingly – once a month.

Excess watering during the summer-fall cycle will put your succulent at risk of developing the dreaded root-rot disease.

Learn more about root-rot :

What is root-rot? How to fix it.

Over-watering is a common mistake made by eager-beaver beginners who didn’t bother to read the manual first. Had they spared a few minutes to read the manual, they would know that succulents do not appreciate excess or stagnant water.

Do not drown the plant in buckets full of water.

Too much water will cause the roots and stem to start rotting. A case of root-rot is a succulent enthusiast’s worst nightmare.

Instead, give the soil a proper moistening, enough to run through the earth, but not to stagnate in the planting pot.

More on watering your succulents:

Complete Guide to Watering Succulents

Planters

This section offers you a significant amount of freedom. You can grow your Agave Blue Glow in any planting pot that blends in with your space and fits your style.

Choose from a wide array of steel, plastic, ceramic, and, of course, our favorite terracotta planters.

No matter what material you decide to get for your planter, there is one universal rule that applies: always ensure your planter has a drainage hole(s) at the bottom.

As we mentioned above, succulents do not appreciate too much water or stagnant water and will often form an adverse reaction if in such conditions.

By drilling a drainage hole(s) through the bottom of your planter, you give any excess water an outlet to escape and run off instead of sitting in the planting pot and rotting your succulent.

How to select the best planter for your succulents:

Best planting pots for succulents – A guide by Succulent City

Light

Succulents love light, and this one is no exception.

Grow the Agave ‘Blue Glow’ in well-drained soil outdoors, in the full sun, to get the most out of your succulent.

When temperatures get too hot, the Blue Glow will appreciate a partial shade to prevent overheating the leaves and the plant system as a whole.

If your succulent is growing outdoors during hot summer days, you can choose to stretch a net above it to deflect and filter the direct hot sun’s rays and give your succulent a hint of shade.

If you grow your Blue Glow in a planters pot, then you can place it out on the patio during summer and move it to the shade or bring it indoors after 6 hours of direct sunlight.

Temperature

The recommended temperature range for the Agave Blue Glow’s optimum growth is anywhere between 20°C (68°F) and 35°C(95°F).

This succulent is winter hardy and can survive punishing outdoor temperature drops of up to -3°C (25° F).

Any lower may be life-threatening, and you should bring your succulent indoors.

Keep the Blue Glow in a frost-free area during the winter chill.

Fertilizer

The Agave Blue Glow is a hardy plant capable of growing in some of the harshest environments available.

Its hardiness means it doesn’t need any fertilizer, but nothing stops you from adding some compost if you wish to give your succulents more nutrients.

We recommend using homemade compost – fish emulsion, earthworm humus, and the like.

Fish emulsion compost is organic compost made from fish with a nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium ratio of 4:1:1.

If you can stand the distinct fishy smell, your succulents will love this fertilizer.

Apply it once per month during the Blue Glow’s growing years

Propagation

The Blue Glow grows exceptionally slowly, and even if it flowers, it is monocarpic and dies soon after without producing seeds nor offsets.

These factors make the Agave Blue Glow almost impossible to propagate via the traditional methods we use on other succulents. Propagation via cuttings, seeds, and offsets – these methods will not work on the Agave Blue Glow.

You can propagate your Blue Glow Agave via a method known as coring.

What is coring?

Coring is a process that makes the plant create pups for its survival.

Warning: This can get messy.

Grab a sterile sharp knife and slice off the top part of your Agave rosette, exposing the stout stem at the center.

Now use a 1/4” drill bit to drill straight down the core of the Agave stem.

This method forces the succulent to pup.

Flowering

The Agave Blue Glow is a monocarpic succulent.

It blooms only once in its entire lifetime, and it dies soon after.

If you plant your Blue Glow outdoors, you can expect it to mature anywhere between 7 to 15 years. If grown indoors, your Agave Blue Glow may never flower at all. Not even once.

It is a slow-growing succulent – there’s no way around it – and planting it in a pot will only make it grow even slower.

Upon reaching maturity, the Agave Blue Glow will shoot out a straight, thick, 10-foot tall flower stalk from the center of its basal rosette.  At the tip of its flower stalk, a 2″ to 3″ inch long yellow flower peeks out in beautiful, striking panicles.

Pruning

To keep your Agave looking prim and proper, we recommend removing any dead or dry leaves.

You can achieve this with the help of a sharp knife or pruning shears.

Check out our Succulent City Facebook Page to share tips, tricks, and inspiration from fellow succulent lovers from across the globe!

Pachyveria

FACT SHEET – PACHYVERIA
GenusX Pachyveria
FamilyCrassulaceae
CultivarsPachyveria bea, Pachyveria myrtilla, Pachyveria scheideckeri, Pachyveria powderpuff, Pachyveria clavata
Other NamesJeweled crown, Little jewel
SunlightFull sunlight, Partial shade in higher temperatures.
Temperature7°C minimum
ClimateArid, Semi-Arid
PropagationLeaves, Stem cuttings
Height3-7 inches
WaterThirsty during summer, reduce in winter
OthersVulnerable to aphids, thrips and mealy bugs.

The rosette-shaped Pachyveria genus is a group of petite, very beautiful, hybrid succulents that grow to a height of 2 to 6 inches.

But wait, hold up, you’re probably scratching your head wondering just what is a “hybrid succulent”? 

Well, let’s expound on that a bit before we proceed any further.

What is a Hybrid Succulent?

Hybridization is when two plants of different species are cross-bred, producing another new species.

Concerning succulents, the Pachyveria is a hybrid cross between the Pachyphytum and Echeveria genus of succulent.

The offspring of hybridized plants are called cultivars, and cross-breeding the Pachyphytum + Echeveria genus produces at least eight cultivars, of which we shall talk about below.

Popular Pachyveria Cultivars

Pachyveria cultivars are some of the most sought-after succulent species out there, and it’s not hard to see why. 

With their petite size (2-6″), unique rosette structure, and thick bluish-green leaves with red and purple accents, these succulents are adorable. 

Now let’s have a look at seven common, most beloved Pachyveria cultivars:

WARNING: Heart-stopping, mind-numbing, levels of cute ahead. If you’re allergic to sweet, tiny, little succulents no bigger than your thumb, we suggest turning back now.

1.     Pachyveria ‘Powder Puff’

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Pachyveria ‘Powder Puff’ @Pinterest

One of the most appealing succulents we have ever come across, the Pachyveria’ Powder Puff’ also goes by Kobayashi or Exotica’s name. 

This ‘Powder Puff’ beauty comes highly recommended. Flaunting its marvelous silver-blue leaves with violet and purple highlights, it is a stunning specimen.

2.     Pachyveria ‘Little Jewel’

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This tiny succulent has thick spike-shaped leaves in a silver-blue colorway with a hint of red towards the tip of each leaf. 

3.     Pachyveria ‘Scheideckeri’

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Pachyveria ‘Scheideckeri’ @Pinterest

Another favorite among succulent enthusiasts and professional landscapers alike, the Scheideckeri – just like its peers – rocks silver bluish-greenish leaves coated in a kind of waxy, silvery powder called farina. 

4.     Pachyveria ‘Bea’

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Pachyveria ‘Bea’ @Pinterest

Similar to other Pachyveria cultivars, the Pachyveria’ Bea’ has bluish-gray leaves with a faint red/pink tint at the tips. The leaves on the ‘Bea,’ however, are long and taper towards the end, giving the leaf a sort of pointy look. 

5.     Pachyveria ‘Myrtilla’

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Pachyveria ‘Myrtilla’ @Pinterest

Also known as Pachyphytum’ Violescens’ in certain regions, this cultivar inherits its flat, spoon-shaped leaves from its Echeveria parent succulent. 

Nevertheless, its unique leaves are a predominantly red color with green and purple hues seeping out at random intervals. 

6.     Pachyveria ‘Clavata’ 

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Pachyveria ‘Clavata’ @Pinterest

Its flattened elongated leaves share a similar color scheme with its cultivar peers, namely silvery green/blue with pinkish-red accents. 

Nevertheless, this cultivar stands out due to its height – in summer, Pachyveria’ Clavata’ shoots out a 10-inch high stem upon which its cluster of red/pink flowers blooms.

7.     Pachiveria ‘Clavifolia’ 

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Pachiveria ‘Clavifolia’ 

Also known as the Jeweled Crown, the Pachiveria’ Clavifolia’ is an absolute cutie pie. This petite cultivar flaunts thick, fleshy, compact leaves with a silvery green color scheme. 

Each leaf has an almost imperceptible point that takes on a reddish pink hue when grown in full sunlight.   

Growing Pachyveria

Growing hybrids is the same as growing any other succulent. 

Meet their basic requirements, and you’ll soon find yourself with a bunch of healthy, pretty green little guys. 

Soil

Like its succulent siblings, Pachyveria will appreciate a quick-drain soil mix with significant aeration and drainage properties. 

Moreover, we recommend pre-mixed porous cactus soil for the best results. Ask for cactus/succulent soil mix at your nearest gardening store. 

Suppose you prefer a more DIY, hands-on approach. In that case, you can make your soil-mix from the comfort of your home with readily available ingredients as detailed in this article by Succulent City’s in-house botanical experts:

Learn how to DIY your planting soil at home: 

How To Make Your Succulent Soil At Home

Light & Temperature

Pachyveria loves sunlight and will grow well in sunny areas such as patios, window sills, and the like.

If you place your succulents in direct sunlight during hot summer days, remember to move them into the partial shade to protect the plant system from overheating. A daily 6 hours of direct sunlight will be enough to keep your Pachyveria healthy and robust.

Higher than necessary temperatures will result in a soft and stretched succulent, which isn’t a beautiful sight. 

Don’t leave Pachyveria outside during the winter season. Instead, opt to bring it indoors and place it under grow lamps as a substitute for sunlight. 

Watering

Similar to any other succulent, a foolproof way to know if you should water your Pachyveria is by taking a pinch of soil and feeling it. If the ground feels dry for the touch, you have the green light to proceed and water your succulents.

Avoid pouring water on the plant’s leaves. Instead, try to aim directly for the ground. 

Thus, excess water on the Pachyveria’s leaves will interfere with the appearance and production of farina – the waxy silvery powder that coats the leaves of Pachyveria and its cultivars.

Furthermore, remember that over-watering your succulent is a huge no-no. Succulents are hardy plants, and you do not need to water them every day. 

Daily watering is a mistake beginners make, and it only serves to get your succulent afflicted with the dreaded root rot.

Learn more about root-rot : 

What is root-rot? How to fix it.

Pots

You are free to choose any kind of planter for your Pachyveria; steel, plastic, or our favorite, terracotta. 

No matter what planter you use, one basic rule applies – ensure your pot has a drainage hole drilled into the bottom. 

The drainage hole will give the stagnant water a way to escape and run off instead of sitting in your planter and rotting your Pachyveria’s roots. 

As we mentioned earlier, succulents do not tolerate overwatering or excess water of any kind. 

Learn how to choose the best pot for your succulents:

Choosing suitable pots for succulents – A guide by Succulent City  

Propagating Pachyveria

Pachyveria and its cultivars propagate via stem and leaf cuttings, though it’s the stem cuttings that tend to give faster results. 

With regard to stem cuttings, give it a few days to dry before putting the cutting in a planter full of cactus soil mix. Keep the planter in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and let it sit for a couple of days. If everything goes well, the cuttings should begin sprouting roots after the 3rd day. 

If you’re unable to get stem cuttings, you can use leaf cuttings and still get the same results, albeit it will take longer. We recommend the use of leaf cuttings if you plan on growing a large number of plants. 

Simply spread a layer of moist soil on a flat surface – a tray should work. Line your leaf cuttings on the moist soil and place the tray in a dry corner away from direct sunlight. Within a week, you should notice the leaves forming roots out of the calloused ends. 

As you can no doubt tell, it’s a pretty simple, straightforward process. 

So what are you waiting for? 

Get out there, plant something, and get your hands dirty!

Check out our Succulent City Facebook page to share tips, tricks, and inspiration from fellow succulent lovers from across the globe!

Sempervivum Arachnoideum – Complete Care Guide

What is Sempervivum Arachnoideum?

Sempervivum arachnoideum is also known as Cobweb Houseleeks. It is a hardy, hairy succulent that grows in clusters and is endemic to the Carpathian Mountains of Southern Europe. Whether you are growing the Sempervivum arachnoideum in pots, rock gardens, or dry stone walls, the spiderweb-like appearance of the plant will grab the attention of visitors.

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Sempervivum Arachnoideum @Pinterest

Not only is the Sempervivum arachnoideum easy to grow, but it is also fast-growing and adaptable to different environments. If you want to grow the Cobweb Houseleeks indoors or outdoors, this article will come in handy.

Description of Sempervivum Arachnoideum

Sempervivum arachnoideum is a creeping succulent that develops green rosettes, which grows up to three inches tall and 12 inches wide. If you nurture the Cobweb Houseleeks very well, they will reward you with pink, star-like flowers and offsets in the summer. After the flowering season, the parent succulent dies, and the offsets replace it.

If you want the Sempervivum arachnoideum to bloom, it is best not to grow it indoors.

How to Care for Sempervivum arachnoideum

For optimal growth, you need to know how to care for Sempervivum arachnoideum with regards to lighting, watering, potting mix, and temperature.

Lighting Requirements

If you want your Sempervivum arachnoideum to be happy always, you need to grow it outdoors. The succulent requires partial to full sun to thrive. If you keep under direct sunlight, do not mistake the purplish-brown color for sunburn discoloration.

If the leaves of the Sempervivum arachnoideum appear to be shriveled and dark brownish, that is a sign that the succulent is suffering from sunburn and needs to be treated to prevent further damage.

You have to acclimate the Sempervivum arachnoideum to full sun if you want to avoid sunburn. Start by exposing the plant to the morning sun for 1-2 hours daily. After about a month, you can introduce the plant to the afternoon sun for about three hours daily.

But bear in mind that a fully acclimated Sempervivum arachnoideum can still get sunburned during a period of intense heat, so you might want to take the plant indoors or use sunshades to protect it, especially when the temperature rises above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you are growing the Sempervivum arachnoideum indoors, place the pot close to an east-facing window. A west or south-facing window could also work, depending on your location.

The biggest mistake you can make is to overwater the Sempervivum arachnoideum while providing insufficient lighting. This could damage the plant beyond repair.

If you notice the stems of the Cobweb Houseleeks are stretching in the direction of sunlight, quickly provide more lighting to prevent the succulent from becoming leggy. This condition, which is known as etiolation can result in stunted growth and weak leaves production.

If you live in a poorly lit environment, consider getting a grow light to boost the light intake of the Sempervivum arachnoideum.

Frost Tolerance

One of the great features of the Sempervivum arachnoideum is that it can withstand frostbite and freezing temperatures that are below 15 degrees Fahrenheit. So, you can leave the Cobweb Houseleeks outdoors all through the year if you live in the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5-8.

In fact, you can plant the Sempervivum arachnoideum in the ground if you live in these hardiness zones. It will survive in the rain and cold during the winter.

Nonetheless, if you would like to protect the succulent during harsh weather conditions, consider using a frost cloth or a small greenhouse.

Potting Mix

The soil you grow your Cobweb Houseleeks in determines how well they will be able to resist pests and diseases. Sempervivum arachnoideum grows best in sandy soil with good drainage. Ensure the soil pH is somewhere between very acidic and slightly alkaline (6-8).

Thanks to the long taproots of the Sempervivum arachnoideum, it can get water and nutrients from deep within the soil during a period of drought. This helps it to survive even in rocky, and windy areas. To prevent moisture from evaporating, you can topdress the soil with pebbles.

Using compost specially formulated for alpine plants is very effective for Sempervivum arachnoideum. That said, you can make your potting mix by adding horticultural grit to a shallow pot so the Sempervivum arachnoideum can crawl easily.

Watering Requirements

Watering Sempervivum arachnoideum requires skill and balance. You have to simulate the natural environment of alpines. This means you have to water the succulents at least once a week. It is best to water before sunrise or just after sunset to prevent the evaporation of moisture.

It is also recommended to water during these periods because the water droplets on the leaves might act as a sort of magnifying glass and attract heat to the plant, ergo causing sunburn.

Sempervivum arachnoideum can be resuscitated after a long period of drought. You just have to water the plant more often and deeply. For younger succulents, watering twice a week can revive them and develop stronger roots.

You do not need to water mature Sempervivum arachnoideum succulents during the winter months when they are dormant. But then, you have to water younger Sempervivum arachnoideum during this period because their roots, which help to tap nutrients from the soil are not yet fully established.

Propagating the Sempervivum Arachnoideum Plants

The best way to propagate Cobweb Houseleek plants is by removing the offsets and pups from the parent succulent. This means you have to be patient for the Sempervivum arachnoideum to develop pups before you can begin propagation.

To propagate from pups, you have to use only mature pups. As you cut off the desired pup, get some roots along with it. While you can do without the roots, they increase your chance of success since the roots are already developed. Also, stronger pups have higher chances of surviving than tender pups.

To cut the pup, place a sterilized knife between the offset and the parent succulent. Keep the pup in a dry place so it can dry and the cut can be sealed. Remember, do not expose the pup to direct sunlight so it does not get burned.

An optional step you can take is to put the pup in rooting hormone, so the growth process can be faster. This step is particularly useful if the pup was removed without roots.

Once the pup is dry, plant it on a separate potting mix and water it occasionally. Bear in mind that pups require more moisture than mature succulents. So, you have to mist the soil once it is dry. You can stop misting when the pups form roots and start watering deeply once or twice a week.

As the new plant matures, you can start increasing its exposure to sunlight daily.

Detailed Guide to Senecio Serpens

What is Senecio Serpens?

Senecio Serpens is an evergreen, drought-resistant succulent that is endemic to South Africa. If the succulent gets enough light and water, it will glow up to become the center of attention in your indoor or outdoor garden. With the powdery blue foliage that blends in with yellow, silvery, and purple succulents, you can use the Senecio Serpens as the ground cover for your garden.

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Senecio Serpens @Amazon

As a newbie to succulents, you can never go wrong with the Senecio serpens. It is easy to grow, care for and reproduce, as you will see in this article.

Description of Senecio Serpens

Senecio Serpens is also called Blue Chalksticks, Curio Repens, Senecio Repens, or Dead Man’s Finger. The name “Senecio”, which is translated in Latin as “Senex” means “old”. Also, its last name “Repens” means “creeping” in Latin because the plant crawls and spreads.

The foliage of the Blue Chalksticks is made of small cylindrical stems that grow as high as 8 inches and as wide as 2 inches.

The Blue Chalksticks spreads out of its pot and mixes with other plants around. In the summer, Senecio Serpens produces flowers that make it more endearing.

How to Care for Senecio Serpens Succulents

Location

Senecio serpens requires minimal maintenance. But the location you plant your Senecio serpens succulents matters a great deal. While the plant requires full sun, ensure it is covered with shade cloth or taken indoors during a heatwave.

For optimal growth, Senecio Serpens needs at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. Consider leaving the plant outdoors for about eight hours if you do not live in a very sunny environment.

During the winter, do not expose the succulent to frostbite. If the temperature drops way below the freezing point, move the succulent indoors.

When growing your Senecio Serpens indoors, ensure you place it close to a south-facing window, so it can get enough sunlight. But then, if the sunlight is not sufficient for proper growth, supplement with a grow light. The grow light should be kept about 5-10 inches from the plant for about 15 hours daily.

Blue Chalksticks are usually dormant during the winter, so you should take them indoors until the weather becomes warmer. Also, avoid watering during dormancy because the succulent does not grow during that period.

Watering

The best way to water Senecio Serpens is using the “soak and dry” technique. This watering technique involves soaking the soil and then allowing it to dry before resuming watering.

When watering, ensure the water flows out from the drainage holes. If the Blue Chalksticks sit in water for three or four days, the roots will start to rot, or the leaves will be discolored. To save the overwatered succulents, do not water for a few weeks, so the soil can get dry. Also, cut off the damaged roots and wait for new ones to develop.

While trying not to overwater your Senecio Serpens, do not forget to water them when needed. If the succulent is suffering from under-watering, the leaves will appear dehydrated. Take that as a sign to up your watering game.

If you are growing your Senecio serpens succulents indoors, it is best to water them once every two to three weeks. For outdoor Senecio Serpens, watering once in three or four weeks will suffice.

Younger Senecio serpens succulents need to be watered more often, especially during the summer. You can water them weekly once during this period.

Pruning

Blue Chalksticks can be pruned if it is growing too big. You can also prune the succulent if pests or diseases damage the roots or leaves.

Ensure you use only a sterilized knife or pair of scissors in pruning your Blue Chalksticks. After pruning, allow the cuts to heal before resuming watering.

Propagating Senecio Serpens

You can propagate your Senecio Serpens in the following ways:

Clumps

Since Blue Chalksticks grows in clumps, you can propagate the succulent by removing it from the pot and carefully pulling apart the clumps. When doing this, be careful not to destroy the roots.

Transplant the clumps in different pots with good drainage. In about three weeks, you will notice new roots emerging from the clumps.

Stem and Leaf Cuttings

You can propagate Senecio serpens succulents from leaf or stem cuttings when they are actively growing. Cut off a stem or a whole leaf from the parent plant with a sterilized knife.

If you want to fast-track the growing process, dip the cuttings in a rooting hormone or powder, and keep them in a dry and warm place to dry and form calluses. When the cuttings are dry, stick them in moderately moist soil. If healthy growing conditions are maintained, new roots will spring up in three or four weeks.

Seeds

Propagating Senecio Serpens from seeds requires patience because seeds take a while to germinate. To propagate your Blue Chalksticks from seeds, spread the seedlings on the well-draining soil and keep the pot away from direct sunlight.

You can use a seed warmer to regulate the temperature of the seeds until they germinate. Water only when the soil is dry, and the seeds will germinate in about four weeks.

Common Problems Associated with Senecio Serpens

Your Senecio Serpens is likely to face the following problems:

Etiolation

If your Blue Chalksticks do not get an adequate amount of sunlight daily, the stems will stretch out to the direction of light and become leggy. To save your leggy succulents, cut off the leggy parts and propagate them as described above.

Etiolation can be avoided if you can provide at least six hours of light daily for your Blue Chalksticks.

Pests

Scale insects and mealybugs are the most common pests that attack the Senecio Serpens. While scale insects will make the succulent yellow and shriveled leaves, mealybugs will leave a dark, sooty mold on the plant.

You should also look out for ants, even though they are not in multitudes. Carefully wiping off the mealybugs and scale insects with an alcohol-dipped cloth can get rid of the pests.

To ensure these pests steer clear of your succulents, spray with insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Root Rot

The most common disease that affects Senecio Serpens is root rot, resulting from overwatering and poor drainage. To prevent root rot, do not allow the Blue Chalksticks to sit in water. In addition, ensure the soil dries from top to bottom before watering again.

If the roots have already started to rot, cut off the affected areas with a disinfected knife and repot the succulent.

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