starting a garden to include various species of cacti and succulents


I found the picture on the Web and this is what caught my eye....low growing (?) Succulent

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Jan 03, 2015
Great idea!
by: Jacki

Once you get started collecting you'll never go back. Just sayin'.

This lovely little creature is one of my favorite hardy succulents.

They are known commonly as 'rollers' because those little balls they carry atop them will roll away and start a new colony.

The botanical name is Jovibarba and you can see more about how to grow these smaller rosette forming species.

Hardy succulents require different growing conditions, including a cold winter dormancy. They survive in situations that would kill off most other hardy perennials, and continue to thrive in cold weather and drought alike.

Best of luck with your garden!

Oct 18, 2016
Orieanna Bennett
by: Orieanna

These seem to be very close to to sempervivums.
I live in Victoria, Australia. Semps seem to be very vulnerable to mealy bug. What's the best way to keep the bug at bay?

Oct 18, 2016
Mealy Bugs
by: Jacki

There doesn't seem to be any way to really prevent mealy bugs. If they're in the environment, they'll find your plants. That's why it's so important to quarantine new plants to make sure you don't bring them in.

They do seem to attack plants that are stressed, but that's a catch 22. Some of the best coloration occurs when the plant is deprived of water, especially.

The only way I've found to deal with mealy bugs is to cull, cull, cull. Get rid of any infected plants quick, before they can spread to others.

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