As we swing into autumn, at least meteorologically speaking, many of the potted plants that have spent the summer outdoors, need some attention before being brought back indoors, or back into the greenhouse.. The many succulents and cacti, euphobia, aloe, gasteria, and other succulents need some attentions, particularly the ones which I allows to grow into specimen plants - those mounding, clumping and tight-growing clustering species that form buns and mounds. These seem to need more attention than other succulents, as they often attract weeds like Oxalis which needs to be frequently pulling out with tweezers, and these plants often need repotting, with fresh soil, and a fresh top dressing of gravel, to help keep the soil surface away from the plant - this discourages rot.
|A common house plant can look like a rare species if potted well - this Aloe Haworthioides has clumped-up to quickly fill this 5 inch pot. I want to keep the mounded effect uniform, so I am upgrading it to a pot with a slightly wider aspect.|
|The same Aloe haworthioides upgraded to a Guy Wolf pot. It's a little deep for such a plant, but I like the look when I assemble many of these clumping succulents together outside for the rest of the summer, and throughout the winter in the greenhouse, where they share a bench.|
|These seedling Kalanchoe uniflora were found growing on the gravel floor of the greenhouse, where the mother plant was hanging. I could have let them die, but decided to pot a few up to see if they might have crossed with a few of the other hanging Kalanchoe's which were in bloom at the same time. A winter-blooming plant, K. uniflora must be grown in a hanging pot. I will pot these up into a hanging pot sometime in November.|
|Another clumping succulent, Haworthia cooperi is also in a pot in need of upgrading. I found another Guy Wolff pot so that the entire collection will feel more cohesive when displayed together.|
|Together, the grouping makes for a long lasting display, either indoors on a sunny windowsill, in the greenhouse, or outside until frost threatens.|