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9 Gardens for Small Spaces

Not all of us are fortunate to have huge gardens in which we could lose ourselves. Short of climbing to some mountain top retreat, here are 9 garden ideas that you can incorporate in your indoor spaces.

Balcony Gardens

If you live in an apartment and prefer to grow outdoor plants, then the balcony is the perfect space for it. By filling your balcony with plants, you can create your own peaceful oasis right there. Plants also provide a privacy shield and sound barrier in the midst of high-density living.

When growing plants in pots on a high-rise balcony, it is important to select plants wind tolerant. Strong winds can pull on an plant’s leaves and roots, causing damage and breakage. Some suggestions of wind tolerant plants are frangula, ivy, bamboo, golden sumac, gazanias and marigolds.

Bathroom Gardens

If you have a bathtub and enjoy a good soak in it every now and then, being surrounded by plants in the bathroom will help to add a zen-like feeling to your bathroom indulgence.

To ensure that plants thrive in your bathroom, be sure to select plants that prefer high humidity and can tolerate temperature fluctuations throughout the day. Some plants that suit a bathroom are asparagus fern, bamboo, begonias, bromeliads, dumb canes and orchids.

Kitchen Gardens

If you love picking off herbs to add to your cooking, having a tiny kitchen garden will be handy. Chives, basil, cilantro, sage, mint and thyme do well in tiny pots within the kitchen.

Otherwise, you could also consider placing potted plants on your kitchen bench, including flowering plants that will add a splash of colour, or trailing plants that will fill visual gaps.

Window Gardens

If you’re fortunate to have a wide window sill, then capitalise on it. Be sure to select the right plants for your windows. If it’s a window that gets a lot of sun exposure, then sun-loving plants will be great for that spot. If the window is in the shade most of the time, then a shade plant would be perfect.

Vertical Gardens

If space is at a premium in your home, then vertical gardens may be the answer. It could be as simple as growing a creeping plant up a mesh or an entire wall covered with creeping plants. You could also consider vertical garden systems.

Trailing Gardens

Besides vertical gardens, trailing gardens are another possibility for compact spaces. With this method, all you need to do is to place trailing plants at higher spots within your home, either by hanging them off the ceiling or placing them high up on a shelf. Pothos are great for this purpose.

Shelf Gardens

If you prefer to avoid potentially damaging your walls, then placing potted plants all over your home on shelves is another option. It is easy to re-arrange plants or pots to suit your changing decor, while keeping them close to you for both visual appeal and health benefits.

Planter Box Gardens

The use of planter boxes is another great way to visually ‘bulk up’ your plants, by gathering them all in one neat spot. If you’re able to attach wheels to the base of the planter boxes, you will also be able to move your planter boxes around your home quite easily to suit your changing decor or simply to rotate positions so that your plants can get sufficient natural light in order to thrive.

Crazy Plant Person Garden

Finally, this is one method of gardening that every plant enthusiast needs no introduction to. All you have to do is to cramp as many plants as you can in one spot to create an indoor jungle! Oh, to be lost in one of these spaces. What bliss!

This ends our blog post on various indoor gardening ideas. Let us know how you go with creating your indoor gardens by sending us your photos. We would be more than happy to feature them on Facebook or Instagram!

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How to Prevent Leggy Seedlings

If you’ve ever grown seedlings that were tall and skinny, you’d understand the disappointment. Leggy seeddlings tend to be floppy and weak. When they grow to full-sized plants, they are prone to diseases and look spindly or untidy. They are also almost guaranteed to produce less flowers.

Why do seedlings grow leggy?

Here are the common causes of leggy seedlings.

Lack of light: If you grow seedlings in a low light situation, it would be a natural reaction for them to stretch and grow towards light. Without sufficient light, they wouldn’t be able to produce important plant sugars. It is a natural survival technique to get closer to a light source as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, this results in tall, spindly seedlings that are likely to flop over in strong winds or rain.

Lack of water: A lack of moisture due to soil that is not wet frequently or allowed to dry out will result in skinny seedlings. Being unable to absorb water and nutrients from the soil results in a seedling not having what it needs to grow strong stems and leaves.

Wrong temperature: This is usually in warmer months when high heat may inadvertently result in a growth spurt where the stems grow faster than the leaves. Sometimes it could also be due to thermostat being set too high in your home.

Seedlings growing too close together: This results in seedlings competing for light, water and nutrients, so they try to out-do one another by growing faster and taller.

How to Fix Leggy Seedlings

If you take action soon enough, it is possible to fix leggy seedlings. Otherwise, it may be easier to start all over again by planting new seeds in the right conditions. Here are some ways to fix leggy seedlings.

Increase access to light: This may be as simple as moving the seedlings to another location with more light. You could also move them outdoors (if weather conditions allow for it). Placing grow light or fluorescent light near the seedlings will also help.

Simulate wind: It is a natural reaction of plants to grow thicker stems to withstand the forces of wind. So one way is to place an oscillating fan nearby to create air movement. Another way is to brush your hand past the seedlings a few times a day to create movement. This will trick them into growing thicker stems.

Improve soil quality: Providing moist, nutrient-rich soil will allow your seedlings to absorb what they need in order to grow healthily. Plant food that includes potassium will enhance root growth and plant health. Ensure that you do not increase the level of nitrogen. Excess nitogen can cause a spike in development which exceeds a seedling’s ability to increase girth.

Space seedlings further apart: Giving seedlings more space from one another will also result in them having access to more light, moisture and nutrients.

Products for Optimal Seed Growing

There are a number of products on the market which will aid optimal seed growing. Here are our top picks and suggestions.

Recommended Products

Fertilome Seed & Cutting Starter Mix is an ideal starter formula for germinating seeds, as it is humate-rich for healthy root growth.
Ultra Efficient LED Grow Light (80 watt) has a wide-dispersion design which provides 90 degrees of useful light projection allowing for use very close to plants. Its passive thermal management dissipates heat away from plants reducing the need for fans.
LED Grow Light (7 watt) puts out a warm white light, covering not only the essential red/blue frequencies but also the various light frequencies in between which are essential for optimal plant health.
Window Shelf with suction cups which can be used to allow your plants to grow virtually anywhere, keeping your plants in a sunny and convenient area.

With these products and our tips on mistakes to avoid for successful seed growing, you’ll be able to save your leggy seedlings or prevent future occurrence of leggy seedlings. Happy gardening!

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Vertical Gardening in Small Spaces

If you have a small courtyard or live in an apartment with a small balcony, it is still possible to grow your own vegetables. The solution is vertical gardening.

Why consider vertical gardening?

Vertical gardening has become popular in recent years for a few reasons:

Space saving: Vertical gardens take up less space than traditional gardens, as you can maximise the space by allowing your plants/vegetables to grow upwards.

Protection from pests: When plants grow horizontally on the ground, they are more likely to be accessible to pests. However, when plants are growing upwards and off the ground, pests such as snails and slugs are noticeably reduced.

Protection from accidental damage: This is especially so if you have young children or dogs who may trample onto your vegetables which are grown on the ground. When vegetables are growing vertically upwards off the ground, there is no chance of a young child or pet trampling on them.

Protects your back: Yes! A vertical garden means you won’t have to bend down as much to weed or pick off leaves/fruits for cooking. However, you may need a step stool in order to reach the top of your vertical garden.

Improved harvest: When vegetables are grown at eye level, you are more likely to notice when to harvest your crop compared to when they are on the ground, especially with strawberries. Plants get better airflow when grow vertically, which reduces diseases and results in stronger plants.

Improves the environment: A vertical garden can act as a privacy screen or a green fence to block unsightly brick walls or balcony rails. Having a vertical garden in a small apartment also helps to improve the air quality.

How Garden Towers Work

What to Grow in Tower Garden

Here’s a salad tower growing plan serves as a useful guide for planting:

Vertical Garden Products

While it is possible for you to create a vertical garden using pipes, pots and other materials if you are handy with tools, you could also consider ready-made products for this very purpose.

Our Top Picks:

Garden Tower® 2: 50-Plant Composting Container Garden suitable for organic patio vegetable gardening
Ultra Efficient LED Grow Light Kit (240 watt) optimized for indoor produce production with Garden Towers and other vertical or horizontal growing platforms.  

Happy gardening! Don’t forget to send us photos of how your vertical garden develops!

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Mint (Mentha) Care Guide

The mint plant (Mentha) is a hardy, perennial herb grown for its leaves, which have a variety of culinary uses, including mint sauce for roast lamb, herbal tea infusions, as garnishes and in salads such as tabouli.

There are several varieties eg. peppermint (Mentha piperita), spearmint (Mentha spicata), pineapple mint (Mentha suaveolens variegata), orange mint (Mentha piperita citrata) and apple mint (Mentha suaveolens).

The plant grows vigorously in sun or partial shade. It should be treated as a weed for that reason. It is recommended that you grow it in pots rather than in garden beds as it can quickly take over the garden bed.

Why Grow Mint?

Due to its strong scent, it attracts beneficial insects and repels pests, including fleas, mosquitoes and mice.

Besides having beautiful ornamental leaves, it provides a number of health and medicinal benefits. It helps to relax muscles, soothes indigestion, acts as a mild decongestant and freshens breath.

It also helps that it grows quickly both indoors and outdoors, so it’s easy to pick some every now and then without running out.

Common Problems

  1. Insects – It is usually quite vigorous and strong. Occasionally, it may be attacked by aphids, spider mites, mint root borers and cutworms.
  2. Fungal diseases – It can also be attacked by mint rust, verticillium wilt and anthracnose.

Common Mistake

There aren’t many things that can go wrong when growing mint as it requires minimal care. The one mistake to watch out for is planting mint into a garden bed. Mint is invasive as it sprouts runners. Mint will overtake a garden bed and smother other plants in no time if it is not controlled.

Care Requirements/Guide

Watering: Keep the soil moist by watering it roughly every 3 to 4 days.

Light: It can grow in full sun and partial shade. Roughly 6 hours of direct sunlight a day will keep them happy.

Temperature: Mint copes with winter when established although the leaves may die back a little. When the warmer months comes around, it’ll spring back to life again.

Soil: It prefers slight acidic to neutral soil which is rich.

Fertilizer: It is not necessary to feed it. However, if you would like to, you can give it an occasional dose of all-purpose, water soluble fertilizer at half strength. Over-fertilizing cause it to lose its flavor.

Pruning: Pruning is not necessary if you are harvesting it regularly. However, be sure to keep the runners in check and ensure that it does not choke other plants.

Propagation: It is easy to propagate from cuttings, or just uproot a plant after it has spread via runners. It is also easy to grow it from seeds.

Toxicity Warning

It is not toxic to humans. However, if used in essential oils, it is toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. If a lot is ingested, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

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How to Care for Air Plants

My first introduction to air plants took place some 15 years ago when someone passed me an air plant before flying overseas. In the midst of all the goodbyes, I barely had a chance to ask him how to care for air plants. I wrongly assumed that air plants simply live on air and nothing else! Needless to say, my air plant didn’t live long.

Since then, I have made an effort to learn a thing or two about how to care for air plants . Here’s what I now know, and it turned out to be really easy!

Air plants do not like soil

Air plants (or Tillandsias) absorb water and nutrients through their trichomes, which are the hair-like substance on their leaves. Trichomes bascially act as sponges which absorb water, just like roots. Never plant your air plants in soil as this will cause your air plant to rot and die.

Air plants love humidity

Since air plants absorb moisture from the air, kitchens and bathrooms are the best places to have them in your home. They also like good circulation around them. However, do not place them near heating or cooling vents.

Water your air plant

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In their natural habitat, air plants absorb moisture from rain, dew and decaying leaves around them. Since this is not available in a home environment, we need to take steps to ensure that our air plants have sufficient water.

If your air plant lives in a dry environment, it is a good idea to water it regularly. Although an air plant can live without water for some time, it will only be surviving, not thriving. Lightly misting your air plant every 2 to 3 days will do the trick.

Air plants prefer warmer temperatures

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Air plants are native in deserts, forests and mountain regions of Central and South America. As such, they prefer a temperature range of 50 to 90 degrees F (or 10 to 32 degrees C). Air plants do not like frost and prolonged exposure to low temperatures, which will result in leaf damage.

Air plant need nutrients

Air plants are able to absorb nutrients in their natural environment from decaying leaves. Since this source of nutrients is not readily available in a home environment, it will be a good idea to use a water-soluble fertilizer formulated specifically for air plants, and mist your plants with them once a month. 

Now that you know how easy it is to care for air plants, here’s an assorted pack of 8 air plants to get you started!

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And finally, consider getting cholla wood on which to place your air plant!

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Useful Links:

Air Plants Care Guide
How to save underwatered and overwatered air plants
Watering air plant 101
How to multiply your air plant collection fast and free

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Clear Succulents: A Fascinating New Trendy Plant

Succulents are a must-have plant due to their low maintenance care and a vast array of shapes, colours and textures. Clear succulents are undoubtedly a great way to level up your plant collection.

Clear or see-through succulents are Haworthia succulents which are native to South Africa. They are classified as a rare succulent and grow in clusters with fleshy leaves which are translucent. They are an unusual succulent that comes in an unexpected lack of colour, making them a prized plant in many’s collections.

In addition, like the majority of succulents, Haworthias are low maintenance. The biggest killer of succulents is overwatering.

In short, there are a variety of haworthias which you can purchase from the links provided to get succulents delivered to your door!

1. Window Haworthia Succulent

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Firstly is the Window Haworthia.

Characteristics: Also known as the Cathedral Window Haworthia, this succulent is drought-tolerant and evergreen. It has rosettes up to 3 inches in diameter and 4 inches in height. The Window Haworthia has fleshy tender leaves with dark stripes and translucent tips.

Flowers: This succulent produces white or light pink flowers that grow on stems 8 inches in length.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

2. Haworthia Cooperi Succulent

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Secondly, and most notably, the Haworthia Cooperi.

Characteristics: The Haworthia Cooperi has small rosette clumps of fleshy, light-green leaves.

Flowers: It flowers in spring and summer, producing white flowers.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

3. Haworthia Cuspidata Succulent

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Thirdly, the Cuspidata which is a more popular Haworthia.

Characteristics: The Haworthia Cuspidata is characterised by its star-like shaped rosettes that grow to 4 inches in diameter with dark green leaves and translucent tips.

Flowers: This succulent produces small white flowers on top of long, thin stems during spring.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

4. Haworthia Cymbiformis Var. Obtusa

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Characteristics: The Haworthia Cymbiformis Var Obtusa has denser rosettes that grow to 6 inches in diameter and form large round clumps. They have neon green leaves that are soft and translucent.

Flowers: This succulent produces white or pink flowers on long stems.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

5. Haworthia Batesiana Succulent

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Characteristics: Haworthia Batesiana has translucent, bright-green leaves with white spines that form dense clumps.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

6. Silver Haworthia Succulents

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Characteristics: The Silver Haworthia has pale foliage that is patterned with white and grey. It forms clumps and vary in appearance depending on light conditions.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

Additionally, we have a bunch more articles for you to explore on succulents and other plants. Here are a few of our favourites:
Interesting Types of Cacti
Miniature Succulents
Pink Succulents
Weird Looking Succulents
Rare Succulents

Finally, the best part? You can purchase any of the plants you love in these articles by clicking the links provided.

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Interesting Types of Cacti (and Where to Buy Them)

There are many different types of cacti and here we have collated our top 10 favourites with links to where you can purchase them. As a result, there is bound to be one that suits you uniquely.

1. Peruvian Old Man Cactus

Firstly, The Peruvian Old Man Cactus is a columnar cactus that is characterised by its dense woolly hair. It can grow to approximately 8 inches in diameter in addition to 23 feet in height! Not only does it have a woolly cover, but the Old Man Cactus also has sharp spines and ribs hidden.

2. Christmas Cactus/ Thanksgiving Cactus

The Christmas Cactus is also known as the Thanksgiving cactus and has a flattened profile of leaves that form the stems. They flower red and pink blooms during the holiday seasons, hence its name. It is a popular flowering houseplant because of its low maintenance and beautiful flowers. The Christmas Cactus is also simple to propagate. You can check out our article on how to propagate succulents to find out more.

3. Lady Fingers Cactus

Thirdly is the Lady Fingers Cactus which has clusters of cylindrical stems with yellow spines. Generally, it blooms pink-yellow flowers in spring and is easy to grow. Above all, the Lady Fingers Cactus thrives in cactus compost and full sun. Water during spring and summer only and fertilise once a month with a cactus fertiliser. The best spot for your lady fingers cactus indoors as well as a sheltered patio during the summer months.

4. Mexican Fence Post Cactus

The Mexican Fence Post Cactus is columnar and can grow to 12 feet in height. The stems the Mexican Fence Post Cactus grows can reach 4 inches in diameter and can have 5 to 7 ribs. It has a central spine which is slightly yellow in colour. The flowers can vary from pink to green and the spiny fruits it produces are yellow-red.

5. Thimble Cactus

The thimble cactus is a small cactus native to central Mexico that has small round bodies that are covered in white spines. The clusters form mats that flower in late winter and feature creamy white flowers. To grow your thimble cactus you will need gritty succulent or cactus potting soil. The thimble cactus has a preference for bright light and well ventilated areas so the soil is able to dry out. You can propagate the little broken bodies into a new plant.

6. Blue Candle Cactus

The Blue Candle Cactus is also known as the Cactus Myrtle or Bilberry Cactus and is a large shrubby cactus that can grow up to 16.5 feet in height. When reaching maturity, the cactus can grow branches. In general, stems can vary in the number of ribs from 5 to 8 ribs with spine-bearing areoles about 1.2 inches apart. The Blue Candle Cactus, in particular, has cream and white flowers and can produce sweet, edible, dark red, berry-like fruits.

7. Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus

The Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus grows up to 14 inches in height that often remains a singular plant or a loosely clumped cluster. The stems remain solitary and can grow to 5 inches in diameter with spines that are yellow, pinkish or brownish. The flowers the Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus produces are diurnal and pink in colour, growing to the length of 3 inches.

8. Dwarf Chin Cactus

The Dwarf Chin Cactus has spines that curve toward the stems, making it a more pet and child friendly cactus than the other cacti on this list. It glowers purple and red blooms in early summer.

9. Peanut Cactus

Comparatively, the peanut cactus can grow to 6 inches in height and has pale green stems that are 6 inches long. Furthermore, it can grow 8 to 10 ribs on each stem which has 10 to 15 soft white bristles. During blooming season, the peanut cactus will produce red and orange flowers.

10. Variegated Corn Cob Cactus

Also known as the Indian Corn Cob, the Variegated Corn Cob Cactus is fast growing and has thick, chalky green, ribbed stems. They can change colour to a rosy pink during mild stress situations like cold weather. During maturity, the Indian Corn Cob can reach 8-10 inches.

In summary, those are our favourite picks on the different interesting types of cacti.

Still want more? We have articles on other types of succulents.
Miniature Succulents
Pink Succulents
Weird Succulents
Rare Succulents

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Miniature Succulents (Where You Can Buy Them)

Altogether miniature succulents are a great way to add greenery to your indoor spaces if you have a limit amount of interior area to position your indoor friends. However, succulents don’t have to be boring, they don’t have to have a rosette shape and they definitely do not have to be green. Thus, here are our favourite picks on small, compact succulents in different colours and shapes to add a pop of vibrancy and interest to your home.

Further, if you want more succulent inspiration, check out our articles for more interesting succulent types, colours and shapes to add an interesting spark and uniqueness to your collection.
Firstly, 10 Stunning Pink Succulents (and Where to Buy Them)
Secondly, Weird Looking Succulents (and Where to Buy Them)
Lastly, 10 Rare Succulents (and Where to Buy Them)

Here, a lot of the succulent types we have chosen are trailing or ground cover succulents, meaning that they can be kept compact very easily but frequent trimming and that they will not grow tall, instead, they stay close to the pot level. But don’t throw away your trimmed stems and leaves! Instead, you can use those offcuts to propagate your succulents and share them with your friends and family. Additionally to learn how to propagate succulents, check out our article on succulent propagation.

1. Sedum Hispanicum Succulent

2. Blue Elf Sedum Sunsparkler

3. Sedum Suzie Q English

4. Sedum Sieboldii Succulent

5. Sedum Donkey’s Tail Succulent

6. Sedum Major Succulent

7. Cape Blanco Sedum Sparthulifolium

8. Cherry Tart Sedum Sunsparkler

9. Sedum Lime Zinger Succulent

10. Red Carpet Sedum Succulent

Overall, Succulents require minimal care as they have water reserves in their fat fleshy leaves. Place your succulents in an area that receives bright, indirect light as well as a lower humidity level. Make sure that your pot of choice has sufficient drainage as well as a good potting mix that is equally well-draining. Only water your succulent when the soil is completely dry to prevent root rot.

Not only are succulents easy to care for, but also easy to propagate. You can equally propagate your succulents by breaking off leaves or snipping off stems. So, to learn more about how to propagate succulents, check out our article on succulent propagation.

Since succulents require bright light, try placing your miniature succulents on your dining table as a centrepiece, on your desk as a study companion or even on your bathroom counter.

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10 Stunning Pink Succulents (and Where to Buy Them)

Pink succulents are a stunning way to mix up your indoor or outdoor foliage by adding a splash of colour to your garden. Here are our picks.

1. Echeveria Afterglow

Firstly, the Echeveria Afterglow is a rosette succulent that sports a powdery pink and purple leaves with neon pink edges. They grow to approximately 12 to 16 inches when they reach maturity. During the blooming season, they produce deep-red flowers from the lower leaves.

2. Echeveria Subsessilis

The Echeveria Subsessilis is another rosette succulent which in comparison to the Afterglow is much smaller, growing up to 6 inches in diameter. In particular, they have a pale green colour and light, pastel pink border around each leaf edge. Echeveria Subsessilis produce long-lasting pink and orange flowers which grow on stalks up to 10 inches in length during the summer.

3. Calico Kitten Crassula

Similarly to the Variegated String of Hearts, Calico Kitten has small heart-shaped leaves and long trailing branches with shades of pink, cream and green. As a result, they would look great in a hanging basket, vertical wall planter or planted on the edges of a path. During late spring to early summer, they bloom shades of rose, yellow and green.

4. California Sunset

The California Sunset is a succulent that has rose coloured leaves that form small rosettes. The colour of the California Sunset intensifies during drought and cool winter temperature conditions. During spring and summer, this succulent will produce white- star-shaped flowers.

5. Dragon’s Blood Sedum

Dragon’s Blood Sedum produces hot pink flowers in summer, with its leaves transitioning to green in warmer weather. However, during cooler temperatures, the leaves will be a vibrant wine red colour. Together with most sedums, the Dragon’s Blood Sedum spreads and can become a beautiful ground cover. Besides that, it can also be easily propagated from cuttings.

6. Broadleaf Stonecrop

The Broadleaf Stonecrop is a mat-forming succulent that is native to California and found on rocky cliffs and shady banks. It has small flat rosettes made from spoon-shaped leaves. During spring and early summer, the Broadleaf Stonecrop will produce bright yellow star-shaped flowers. These succulents are perfect for rock gardens, pots and are very drought tolerant.

7. Kalanchoe Flapjacks

Also known as the Paddle Plant, Flapjacks are broad flat leafed succulents that stack. During cooler temperatures in winter or in full sun, the leaves will form a deep red colour. When maturity is reached, Flapjacks can grow up to 2.5 feet in height and will produce fragrant yellow flowers.

8. Variegated String of Hearts

Variegated String of Hearts are a stunning plant that has a different look to their common counterpart. Instead of dark rich green leaves, the variegated String of Hearts has pale green leaves with pastel pink edges. The stems are purple and trail down like a string of beautiful heart shaped leaves. The variegated string of hearts is hard to track down because of its high demand, making it a rare succulent. Buy it while you can!

9. Moonstones

Moonstones are another rare succulent because of their wonderful plump pebble-shaped pink leaves which give them a cute and chubby appearance. During the winter and early spring, moonstones will produce dark pink bell-shaped flowers. Be careful as moonstones are delicate succulents and need protection from the elements.

10. Graptoveria Fred Ives

Fred Ives grow to an impressive 1 foot in diameter and have long pink leaves that have gradients of purple and salmon orange in them. During the summer, the Fred Ives will produce pale yellow flowers with red-orange centres.

Want more succulent ideas? Check out our articles on:
10 Weird Looking Succulents (and Where to Buy Them)
10 Rare Succulents (and Where to Buy Them)

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10 Weird Looking Succulents (and Where to Buy Them)

Succulents are a great plant to collect and there are thousands of varieties. Why not get the weirdest looking ones? It’s a great way to add a unique and quirky look to your plant collection to contrast your more traditional flat-leaved foliage. Here are 10 weird looking succulents for you to buy for yourself or as a gift for your plant crazy friends.

1. Propeller Plant

The Propeller Plant is interesting because of its blue-grey coloured leaves that form a propeller arrangement in an overlapping pattern. It is also known as the Airplane Plant due to its shape.

In addition to that, during the summer it may product scarlet red flowers which will attract birds and bees.

2. Paper Spine Cactus

The Paper Spine Cactus has soft spines that are long, flat and pointy and have a texture of paper. When those spines reach a certain length, they will begin. to curl and develop the appearance of ribbons.

3. Coral Aloe Vera

Coral Aloes have flat broad leaves like traditional aloes, however, they don’t have jagged edges. Instead, they have sweet pink edges if they have been grown under full sun or cold weather. The leaves also have light coloured lines that run along its length. In late winter to early spring, the Coral Aloe will produce red flowers in clusters on 2-foot tall stems.

4. Cocoon Plant

The Cocoon Plant is a perennial native to South Africa. It is also known as the Wooly Senecio due to its white felt surface on the cylindrical, sharp-tipped leaves. This dwarf shrub can grow to 1 foot in size.

5. Echeveria Bittersweet

The Echeveria Bittersweet can grow to 12 inches in size with crimped pale pink leaves. Beyond that, they produce red and yellow bell-shaped flowers and are a drought-tolerant species.

6. Raindrops Succulent

The Raindrops Succulent has strange bumps near the tips of its pale leaves that can turn red or pink when under light stress conditions like cold weather or bright light. They can grow to 6 inches in width.

7. Bishop’s Cap Cactus

The Bishop’s Cap is a cactus without spikes which however has white hairy scales that make it appear white or silver. It usually has five ribs but can grow to eight as it matures, reaching a diameter of 8 inches.

Coupled with its interesting look, the flowers it produces are funnel-shaped and glossy yellow, giving off a sweet scent and growing to 3 inches in length. It can even produce red fruits that grow to 1 inch in diameter once matured.

8. Echeveria Elegans Blue

This echeveria has plump blue-green leaves that are round and tightly clumped. Compared to other succulents, it grows quickly and produces pink and yellow flowers on pink stems.

9. Echeveria Black Knight

Black Knights are fascinating succulents because of their dark, narrow leaves that create a pointy look. Besides that, during the summer, Black Knights have dark red flowers which greatly contrasts the dark foliage.

10. Calico Hearts

In this case, Calico Hearts are a relatively small succulent as they grow up to 4-6 inches in size. For the most part, the leaves are about 1.5 inches and have dark purple spots. They produce small flowers in late spring.

In particular, to ensure that your Calico Heart thrives, place it in porous soil with good drainage and bright, filtered light. Only water your succulent when the soil is dry, do not let your succulent sit in water or wet the leaves.

Thus that concludes our list on 10 weird looking succulents. Above all, we hope you have found one wacky enough to spice up your collection. However, if you want more succulent ideas, check out our article on 10 Rare Succulents and Where to Buy Them.