Мобильный 1 Add news
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020December 2020January 2021February 2021March 2021April 2021May 2021June 2021July 2021August 2021September 2021October 2021November 2021December 2021January 2022February 2022March 2022April 2022May 2022June 2022July 2022August 2022
12345678910111213
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
News Every Day |

These fragrant and colorful drought-tolerant succulents require little water

These fragrant and colorful drought-tolerant succulents require little water

In a time of drought, it certainly sounds reasonable to select species for your garden that require little, if any, water. Many of these species fit into the succulent plant category, which includes cacti, of course, but many other groups of plants as well. Nearly all of them are suitable not only for installation in the garden, but for display in containers too, whether kept outdoors on the patio or balcony, or are maintained indoors as houseplants.

One notion that needs to be set aside is that succulents, although drought tolerant, are not to be recommended for fragrance or long-term flowering capacity. Plumeria, for one, possesses both of these qualities. Its highly fragrant flowers may be found expanding in any season, but show a solid bloom that starts in spring and may continue deep into the fall. Plumeria rubra, the species most commonly planted – whose varieties include flowers in a kaleidoscope of colors and bicolors – does go deciduous in winter but will often start putting out new flowers in early spring, even before leaves again appear. As for watering, in its early years, a good soaking once every week or two in summer will be needed, but as a plumeria puts on growth and begins to assume tree-like proportions, even less water is required.

  • Thai hybrid crown of thorns hedge looks the same every...

    Thai hybrid crown of thorns hedge looks the same every day of the year. (Photo by Joshua Siskin)

  • Orchid cactus. (Courtesy of Juliet de Souza)

    Orchid cactus. (Courtesy of Juliet de Souza)

  • Florists kalanchoe. (Photo by Joshua Siskin)

    Florists kalanchoe. (Photo by Joshua Siskin)

  • Giant chalk dudleya Dudleya brittonii close up. (Photo by Joshua...

    Giant chalk dudleya Dudleya brittonii close up. (Photo by Joshua Siskin)

of

Expand

The limiting factor to plumeria growth is cold, to which small, immature plants are much more sensitive than mature and established specimens. Small plants must be wrapped in canvas or festooned with Christmas lights to increase ambient heat when a cold night is forecast, although the duration of cold is more significant than the actual temperature; if the temperature dips to 32 degrees but only stays there briefly, your plumeria may suffer minor frost burn and nothing more. If you live in a colder climate, keep your plumeria in a container and move it into your garage when winter weather comes. Stop watering it until warmer temperatures prevail and you can bring it back outside.

A number of cacti produce fragrant flowers and these invariably bloom at night. Each one is referred to, here or there, as a “night-blooming cactus.” One cactus of this description is Hylocereus, known as pitaya, a dragon fruit-bearing cactus. The other fragrant night bloomers include orchid cactus (Epiphyllum hybrids), appropriate for outdoor planters and containers kept out of direct sun, as well as indoors when exposed to bright light, whose floppy stems are thoroughly nondescript, and hedgehog or Easter lily cactus (Echinops hybrids) that have thorny, classic cactus stems and an upright growth habit. On young plants, hedgehog cactus flowers are so large and prolific that they completely cover the stems. Both orchid and hedgehog cactus may be found with huge flowers that bloom in every color except blue. Last but not least, there is apple cactus (Cereus peruviana), the best-known night bloomer with its tall bluish-green stems and round pink or red fruit which are quite edible. Night-blooming cacti of all types are famously pollinated by bats and moths.

As for long-blooming succulents, three immediately come to mind. Crown of thorns (Euphorbia milii) boasts perpetual red, pink, yellow, or white bracts every single day of the year without exception. Bracts are actually leaf-type structures – also clearly seen on the related poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) – that surround a yellow flower center known as a cyathium. While Euphorbia milii only grows 2-3 feet tall, Euphorbia splendens can reach six feet in height. The most stunning crown of thorns are the Thai hybrids, which also grow tall. Their bracts are much showier than what you find on the previously mentioned, more widely available types.

Two other long-blooming succulents are florist kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana) and flower dust plant (Kalanchoe pumila). You can find florist Kalanchoe at your supermarket’s flower department throughout the year. Flower colors are yellow, orange, blush, pink, red, and violet. Often, the flowers have a shape of little interest but certain varieties’ flowers are doppelgangers for tiny roses. Given half a day’s sun or even less, florist Kalanchoe will flower outdoors for six months straight. As for flower dust plant, I saw a huge swath of it at the Getty Center Garden years ago. Whenever I visited, its pink flowers were showing off brilliantly against a background of soft grey foliage.

Anne Minder, who gardens on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, emailed as follows:

“At the start of pandemic lockdowns, I cleaned out my rose garden. It had developed so many weeds over the years that I pulled, and I literally sifted through the soil by hand to get rid of as much of the weed roots as humanly possible while retaining all of the rose bushes.

I then planted thyme from ground cover flats. It has done so well!  It filled in completely within about 4 months. It requires very low water, that’s why I chose it to begin with. I water it every one or two weeks for 10-15 minutes. The roses are also very low in their water requirement, something many people don’t understand. I’m a California native plant gardener but there aren’t many native ground cover choices that don’t need to be mowed, aren’t bunchgrasses, aren’t spikey, etc.

The thyme has taken some foot traffic much better than the dymondia (a prostrate, mat-like ground cover) I have elsewhere but I’m not sure how it would do with kids. This garden is south-facing, so not sure how it would do north-facing. I am within one mile of the coast. I hope this helps your readers.”

Although thyme, especially creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum), is touted as a durable ground cover that can absorb moderate foot traffic, it seems to establish with difficulty. I therefore take my hat off to you for your successful effort. I think two factors may explain your success. First, you are near the coast. Plants that enjoy ocean proximity – where winter cold and summer heat are moderated – will be less stressed than in other locales. Second, weed pulling and soil sifting have created a well-aerated soil as well as excellent soil drainage, conditions most conducive to plant growth.

Giant chalk dudleya Dudleya brittonii close up. (Photo by Joshua Siskin)
Giant chalk dudleya Dudleya brittonii close up. (Photo by Joshua Siskin)

California native of the week:

Dudleya, sometimes referred to as chalk liveforever, is the most outstanding native succulent genus of Southern California. It seems to pop up on the side of the road almost anywhere. As you drive up Angeles Crest Highway on the approach to Wrightwood, you will see dudleyas growing in nearly vertical limestone embankments. They appear as silvery starlike creatures that somehow draw sustenance from the gritty walls that they call home. Far from there, as you meander along the path that encircles the acreage at the rear of the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden, you will see them there as well, winking up at you from the edges of the path. At the Natural History Museum garden in downtown Los Angeles, a dudleya has been planted in a tiny crack between two vertical wooden beams and is growing just fine.

There is a reason that the rosette-forming dudleyas grow the way they do. If water settles at the base of the rosette, the plant rots. Therefore, they must position themselves so that any water that touches their leaves drips off of them. For this reason, avoid getting their leaves wet when watering. Even so, dudleyas go dormant during the summer so water sparingly, if at all, during hot weather. And. in case you are wondering, the genus is named for William Dudley, an American botanist and conservationist.

Please send questions, comments, and photos to joshua@perfectplants.com.









Read also

Italy’s Lake Garda shrinks to near-historic low amid drought

Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. was suspended 80 games for performance-enhancing drugs and MLB fans were stunned

Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions, live stream, preview, TV channel, time, odds, how to watch NFL Preseason


Прямой эфир РБК. Главные новости России и мира сегодня (Прямой эфир ежедневно)

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on Today24.pro

News Every Day

McCann vs. Blanchfield added to UFC 281 

Today24.pro — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here


News Every Day

Punters blast new Cheltenham Festival rule brought in after Willie Mullins winner as BHA say it will ‘boost fairness’



Sports today


Новости тенниса
WTA

Серена Уильямс уступила Белинде Бенчич во втором круге турнира WTA 1000 в Торонто



Спорт в России и мире
Москва

Московское «Динамо» договорилось о трансфере Карцева


Загрузка...

All sports news today




Загрузка...

Sports in Russia today

Москва

В ОГВ(С) ПРОШЕЛ ФЛЭШМОБ, ПРИУРОЧЕННЫЙ КО ДНЮ ФИЗКУЛЬТУРНИКА


Новости России

Game News

These simple keyboard shortcuts broke the brains of my Gen Z coworkers


Russian.city


Москва

Началось благоустройство территории подстанции скорой помощи в Щербинке


Губернаторы России
Динамо

Московское «Динамо» договорилось о трансфере Карцева


Эксперты назвали самые дорогие торговые улицы России

Что с сайтом 123ru.net (нас читают и публикуются у нас). Уже более 70 млн. просмотров в мире.

Яркое и памятное событие произошло 31 июля 2022 года, в КЗ «Golden Palace». Состоялась VI Церемония вручения наград Телевизионной Премии Лотос.

Нарколог Казанцев дал медицинское объяснение «безумствам» Марии Шукшиной


Наро-Фоминский суд на полгода продлил арест участнику ограбления вдовы Градского

Тимати рассказал о подготовке к открытию кофеен на замену Starbucks

Путин назвал Седьмую Ленинградскую симфонию Шостаковича примером большого искусства

Тиктокеры решили «отменить» группу Metallica


Серена Уильямс уступила Белинде Бенчич во втором круге турнира WTA 1000 в Торонто

Рахимова и Гасанова проиграли стартовые матчи на турнире WTA 125 в США

Гвардиола высказался об уходе Зинченко, Жезуса и Стерлинга из «Манчестер Сити»

Путин подписал указ о награждении посла РФ в Польше Андреева орденом Александра Невского



Азербайджанский пропагандист Руслан Курбанов озаботился судьбой лезгин?

ТВ-3 начал съёмки шоу с Еленой Блиновской

Как некоторые российские чиновницы добиваются успеха

Что с сайтом 123ru.net (нас читают и публикуются у нас). Уже более 70 млн. просмотров в мире.


Ресторатор Пинский подал три заявки на новое название сети Starbucks

Владимир Путин дал старт движению по Архангельскому мосту через реку Шексну

Бизнес-коуч Татьяна Шаханова - о том, как помочь себе

Судебные заседания и открытие H&M: Главное за неделю в Башкирии


Глушаков: все понимали, что Рианчо подсиживал Карреру в «Спартаке»

В Дмитрове встретятся лучшие пловчихи из семи субъектов России

Стало известно, какие районы Москвы страдают от полчищ тараканов

Бесплатные шаттлы будут курсировать 13-14 августа до фестиваля фейерверков в столице



Путин в России и мире







Персональные новости
Russian.city

РЭС

Итоги реализации инвестиционной программы АО «РЭС» за первое полугодие



News Every Day

McCann vs. Blanchfield added to UFC 281 




Friends of Today24


Загрузка...
Музыкальные новости
"Воскресенье " Олег Митяев



Персональные новости
Близкий друг Путина миллиардер Пугачев. Вся правда о Путине, его семье и деньгах. В гостях у Гордона (2021)

Навальный об уволенном за пост священнике (2021)

Slava Marlow – суперуспех и депрессия в 21 год / вДудь (2021)

Обнаглевшие дети путинской элиты (2021)

Дайте собакам мяса (новый звук) -Владимир Высоцкий

Группа "Рождество" - песня "Так хочется жить!" (Видео с концерта в Киеве группы "РОЖДЕСТВО" в 2011 году в Доме офицеров)

Adriano Celentano Любимая песня Челентано (высочайшая энергетика) talentTV


Moscow.media