Propagating without trying

by AnneWareham on May 18, 2013

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In the conservatory at Veddw we have a display of succulents, which we love and other people seem to, too. Makes for visitor entertainment when they are sheltering from the pouring rain.

Conservatory Veddw - succulents on bench copyright Charles Hawes

Charles’ picture. They flowering.

Personally, I like them better when they’re not flowering.Succulents May 2013 Veddw © Anne Wareham

Anne’s picture. Not flowering.

But Charles takes better pictures and likes them flowering.

Some time ago I noticed that occasionally a ‘leaf’, or whatever that bit of a succulent is called, drops off and starts rooting in the gravel all by itself.

Succulents in conservatory Veddw  May 2013 007  Veddw © Anne Wareham

And for some reason these look really cute. A sort of horticultural equivalent of kittens.

Succulents in conservatory Veddw  May 2013 007  Veddw © Anne Wareham


Succulents May 2013 005  Veddw © Anne Wareham

Succulents in conservatory Veddw  May 2013 Veddw © Anne Wareham

Succulents in conservatory Veddw  May 2013 Veddw © Anne Wareham

Though they are quite hard to take pictures of, if you’re me.

They even start flowering.

Succulents in conservatory Veddw  May 2013 Veddw © Anne Wareham


But of course, or of curse, what happens when I discover this is that I start picking them off and starting them in the gravel myself. And then I get preoccupied with whether they need watering or not. And generally I start fussing. And I’ve got myself an extra job.

Can’t just accept my blessings, can I? Got to meddle….

And please don’t ask what any are called – I do have labels somewhere but……not another job, please…

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Helen May 18, 2013 at 8:21 am

I think they look nicer when they arent flowering too. I do like your pots makes a nice change to the terraccota ones I have and the metal seems to enhance the colours of the plants – where do you get them.

If they were mine when I picked up the fallen bits to propogate them rather than leaving them be they would just die, neglect seems to work better

AnneWareham May 18, 2013 at 8:28 am

I’ve bought pots both from Ikea and online. You are right – they like neglect. I am prone, I think, to overwatering..

Helen May 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I am all for plants that do well on neglect especially if they are in pots. Just discovered that streptocarpus are quite good with neglect which is excellent news

AnneWareham May 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm

You been to Derry’s? She has a great many of them…

Sacha Hubbard May 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I tend to find the flowers a bit of a let-down! Matthew, my stepson, has just planted up the smallest greenhouse with succulents and he’s done a great job. They look rather glamorous! And no, I don’t know what they are, either, though I did get IDs for most of them. Their names never stick in my memory for some reason. I like the way yours are planted and displayed and I agree with Helen, the containers are both subtle and attractive, showing off the colours well.

AnneWareham May 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Like ferns, the names: totally forgettable. Wonder why?

I think having repeated the plants and had some gesture towards pattern helps the display..?

Paul Steer May 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Cute kittens. I wish I had popped in the conservatory when we visited last year, but I have this deep seated problem of feeling inhibited, and would not have dared enter what seemed a private space.

AnneWareham May 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm

It don’t seem so private with an entire coach party packed in there… However, you’ll be back, Paul and welcome in there too.

John May 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Perhaps we all miss the point which is that Mother Nature knows best. And she can get on quite nicely without our interference, thanks.

Try sowing seeds when Mother Nature does rather than storing them till the spring. With just a bit more patience you might, like me, be pleasantly surprised.

AnneWareham May 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm

That’s how cleavers gets around then…..