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Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jan 4, 2019 1:17 PM CST
Hello! Thank you all so much for all the help with my plants. It truly means a lot to me!

I'm in love with succulents and find they're my go-to plants at garden centers. I'm drawn to certain ones :).

I purchased a few little guys recently and they're in tiny little lots. Would it be better to wait to put them in something bigger or would it be ok to do it now?

I just bought a few clay pots to get some of them out of the glazed pots I have. I will post some pics of my earth babies in a few. If anyone is willing to help me with names I would appreciate it. I would love to write little name tags for each so I know what they are Smiling
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tarev
Jan 4, 2019 1:22 PM CST
Hello Victoria, typically I delay any repot to mid to late Spring. If your plants are still truly young and small, it should be okay to stay there for now and wait it out. The only urgency that will make me repot right away is if I see that they have been planted in containers with no drain holes. If you really have to repot, make sure your containers are not too deep, should have drain holes, do not block the drain holes and do not water right away, to help the roots recover from any damage.

Do post photos of your new plants, we all love to help Smiling
Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jan 4, 2019 1:34 PM CST
#1-4 I don't know but I think #3 is an aeonium
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#5 - aeonium
#6 - haworthia (I think)
#7 - cholla
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#8 - kalanchoe thyrsiflora
#9 - Nepthytis (arrowhead plant?)
#10 - Crassula ovata "Gollum"?
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#11 - sanseveria cylindrica
#12 - sanseveria trifasciata (birds nest)??
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#13 - Crassula ovata
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#14 - sanseveria
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#15 - Tillandsia cyanea
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#16 - Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (zz plant)
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I do hope they all look happy and healthy!

Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jan 4, 2019 1:36 PM CST
I'm very interested in scientific names as well as nicknames however I know it's very difficult to identify completely :).

#1 is the only one I'm worried needs a larger pot. It's kind of crawling out of the one it's in.

I'm trying to get out of the glazed pots but I rarely water them :)

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Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jan 4, 2019 1:42 PM CST
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These are the ones I just bought that I was wondering about re-potting :)
Sorry I love my plants haha
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tarev
Jan 4, 2019 2:05 PM CST
Those are nice plants indeed! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Let us see how others will guess what they are but to me #1 to #5 all looks like some type of Echeveria hybrid.
#6 looks like a an Aloe Gasteria hybrid
#7 looks like Austrocylindropuntia subulata
#8 id seems correct
#9 id seems correct
#10 id is correct, looks too overpotted, you need to downsize that a bit
#11, #12, #14 yes they are Sansevierias, not sure with the cultivars though
#13 is correct
#15 yes it is a tillandsia, sorry don't know which cultivar, but nevertheless, DO NOT plant this one in soil, it is an epiphyte, you can either hang it, mount it, or if you really like it in a container, use chunky orchid bark as media, you can even just glue them to anything (glass, ceramic, stone, wood)
#16 is correct

The ones you intend to repot are okay to repot, but if you can wait do it in Spring. Use wider containers but not too deep, their root systems are quite shallow.
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sallyg
Jan 4, 2019 2:12 PM CST
Since yoy said you are very intersted in scientific names, I think you should see this link- the Arrowhead plant is Syngonium podophyllum
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Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jan 4, 2019 2:26 PM CST
tarev said:
#10 id is correct, looks too overpotted, you need to downsize that a bit

#15 yes it is a tillandsia, sorry don't know which cultivar, but nevertheless, DO NOT plant this one in soil, it is an epiphyte, you can either hang it, mount it, or if you really like it in a container, use chunky orchid bark as media, you can even just glue them to anything (glass, ceramic, stone, wood)

The ones you intend to repot are okay to repot, but if you can wait do it in Spring. Use wider containers but not too deep, their root systems are quite shallow.


Awesome good to know! I will re-pot #10 in a smaller pot in the spring. It was a clipping so I wanted to make sure it would root but it seems to be growing rather slow.

#15 I was going to ask if an orchid medium would work. I do have plenty of orchid medium. Would I want to treat it like an orchid as well when it comes to watering? I read that I should mist it often to keep up the humidity

Do they all look healthy?
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plantladylin
Jan 4, 2019 2:39 PM CST
#9 is a variety of Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum)

Nephthytis, Arrowhead Vine, Arrowhead Plant and African Evergreen are all common names. Your particular plant may be this one: Nephthytis (Syngonium podophyllum 'White Butterfly')
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Baja_Costero
Jan 4, 2019 4:14 PM CST
The plants look good! Provide as much light as you possibly can in winter.

#3 is a Sempervivum (note fine marginal hairs on leaves)
#4 is an Echeveria, perhaps pulidonis or a hybrid (should have yellow flowers if it is pulidonis)
#5 is an Aeonium (note purplish color and fine marginal hairs on leaves)
#8 is Kalanchoe luciae

#1-4 need bigger pots. You can make the change now if you want. Use pots that are just wider than the rosettes (which will help a lot with watering), wider than deep, with holes at the bottom. (Do all the containers in the pictures have holes at the bottom?) Wait a week after repotting to water. The Aeonium (#5) will need a bigger pot in the near future, once it starts growing a stem.

#6 desperately needs more light.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 5, 2019 12:13 PM CST
Hi Victoria, yes your tillandsia is similar to epiphyte orchids in handling, getting its nutrients through the air and water. During winter, I just spray mist them once a week, but during our long dry warm months, I have to dunk them at least once a week or thoroughly drench them, making sure the leaves are wet and than shaking off the excess water so it does not settle in the crown, tipping it upside down. My area is much different than yours, we get so bone dry here. Just as much bright light, no full sun. I bring them out during the warm months, but always in shade , since we get too much heat here. With tillandsias, their roots are more for finding ways to attach itself to anything, not really for absorbing water. What you need to keep happy and alive are the leaves.

Be aware too that tillandsias are monocarpic. Your plant is in blooming mode now, so very soon that mother plant will naturally die off. Hopefully it will try to make new pups at the base. When it does that mother plant helps the babies a bit more to grow before it fully dies away.
Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jan 5, 2019 12:57 PM CST
I purchased a bunch of terra cotta pots. I'm assuming that they are significantly better for the plants than the glazed pots? The glazed pots do have a small hole in the bottom but they don't drain out completely. I would get rid of all the glazed pots if terra cotta pots are better
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Baja_Costero
Jan 5, 2019 1:03 PM CST
Unglazed terra cotta pots evaporate through the sides as well as the top, so they tend to dry out faster. I have had bad experiences with really small terra cotta pots, where this effect is especially dramatic, and avoid them for that reason. Compared to a plastic pot, a terra cotta pot will need water more often. They probably help if you tend to overwater. Experiment with different materials and you will find what works best for you.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 5, 2019 1:20 PM CST
Hi Victoria, your Alberta temps are way cooler than ours. I remember being there in Edmonton in summer and it is just too cold for me already Smiling I think you should be okay with the terracotta pots. Your summer will still feel like early spring. Peak of summer here hits 100F++ with 10% to zero humidity while your temps will be a very comfortable 70F range and comfy humidity levels too.

Either terracotta or plastic containers are okay, what is important to have are drain holes and very well draining, gritty media. Discipline in watering too as seasons change.
Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jan 5, 2019 1:35 PM CST
tarev said:Hi Victoria, your Alberta temps are way cooler than while your temps will be a very comfortable 70F range and comfy humidity .


Hey now Sticking tongue out we get into the mid 80F sometime 😜. It's a bit drier for humidity here in Edmonton as well thankfully haha
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 5, 2019 1:41 PM CST
I still love your summer time weather! Big Grin My succulents tend to shut down a bit during the peak of summer here, just too dry and hot, well except for the Desert Rose and Plumeria, it thrives in the thermal heat weather as long as they get watered everyday by then. The rest of the succulents perk up once more once we return to the 80F range.

Do you have plans to bring out your succulents during late Spring to Summer? I imagine you will have at least until late August before you start pulling them back indoors again.
Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jan 5, 2019 2:01 PM CST
tarev said:
Do you have plans to bring out your succulents during late Spring to Summer? I imagine you will have at least until late August before you start pulling them back indoors again.


I've actually never thought about bringing them outside. I may bring my jade out this year if it's warm Smiling
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tarev
Jan 5, 2019 2:10 PM CST
When your overnight temps are at least 10C and higher, you can safely bring them out. Crassulas actually like feeling the cool weather. If they are really cold weather hardened in Fall, they can take temps down to 30F as long as kept dry. Position it close to your house outdoors, so it still gets some reflective heat and also enjoys the outdoors. They do lots of gas exchange at night, when their stomates are open.
Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jan 5, 2019 2:22 PM CST
tarev said:When your overnight temps are at least 10C and higher, you can safely bring them out. Crassulas actually like feeling the cool weather. If they are really cold weather hardened in Fall, they can take temps down to 30F as long as kept dry. Position it close to your house outdoors, so it still gets some reflective heat and also enjoys the outdoors. They do lots of gas exchange at night, when their stomates are open.


I always worried about bugs or stray cats when putting plants outside because my plants are mostly kept in my bedroom. I will gladly bring them outside in the summer so they can sunbathe. Last year during the summer we stayed in the 70s overnight.
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tarev
Jan 5, 2019 2:32 PM CST
Those are lovely overnight temps indeed! I just use a mix of Dr. Bonners castile liquid soap to spray down the plants I have to bring indoors to kill off any bugs that may have been hanging around the plant.

My cats normally do not bother my outdoor plants, but to play safe, since sometimes they like to lounge around a bigger open area, I put this plastic spikes and some plastic fork so they won't go digging. This one is my Plumeria container:
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