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Name: João V.
Lisbon - PT (Zone 10b)
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Wallknocker
Feb 17, 2020 11:53 AM CST
Hey guys!

So I was gifted these two cuties, and was trying to identify them. I'm thinking Aeonium's but I'm still a bit new to ID's so I'm not sure...

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I am a bit concerned for the first one... It came with some brown spots that might be sunburn, but wanted to be sure.

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Another concern about both of them, the pots that they were gifted in have no drainage... I don't want to seem rude and discard the pots that were a gift right away but I am afraid for the plants (and the one that gave them to me has cared for succulents for a few years now, so she should know what she is doing). Should I repot them as soon as possible? Thinking

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Thanks in advance!

(Sorry for any eventual bad english! ^^")
Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
Feb 17, 2020 12:05 PM CST
Aeonium haworthii
Graptopetalum paraguayense
As for the aeonims spots, keep it dryer, and avoid splashing..
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Feb 17, 2020 4:12 PM CST

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The containers should have holes at the bottom. Maybe there's a way you can nest a smaller plastic pot inside the containers that were given to you, and get the best of both worlds.

The Aeonium looks fine to me. If these will be indoor plants, they will require the strongest natural light possible.

One sure-fire way to tell Aeonium from Graptopetalum, Echeveria, and many other soft-leafed succulents in the family is to look for fine marginal hairs on the leaves. All Aeoniums have these fine hairs, sometimes more pronounced than others. Even the fat-leafed Aeoniums have little bumps along the margins if you check carefully. Some Echeverias may have fine hairs, but they tend to be distributed on all surfaces of the leaves and not strictly on the margins.
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cullen_
Feb 17, 2020 10:00 PM CST
It is easy to drill holes in almost all ceramic pots. Buy a drill bit made to drill through glass & tile. These bits will drill through ceramic pottery as well. There are two types. One is a diamond bit. These require a little bit of water to be at the point of drilling to keep the diamond cool. Otherwise you can ruin the bit very quickly. The other is a carbide tip drill bit. These you use dry. They are not very expensive and very easy to use. I prefer the carbide tip bit myself.

Occasionally you will come across a pot that is of great quality and very hard to drill through, but those are rare.

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Name: João V.
Lisbon - PT (Zone 10b)
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Wallknocker
Feb 18, 2020 9:14 AM CST
Thanks for the ID and the info!

About the pots, it is a bit harder to drill holes in the Aeonium's, as it is made of glass, with quite a thick base. The other is a thin chocolate metal box so it would be easy I guess. But Baja's idea of using a smaller pot inside would do the trick. It's so simple but should work fine!

Thank You! everyone!

(Sorry for any eventual bad english! ^^")
Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Feb 19, 2020 5:32 PM CST
Do you have any old plastic pots that fit inside this one? How about plastic trash living around your house that fits inside?? Take out containers, soda or water bottles?


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Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Feb 19, 2020 5:46 PM CST
I love recycling drink bottles. especially because the cap will usually work as a prop underneath to keep a bottle off the bottom so your plants don't get root rot. You want drainage, so make sure the inside pot doesn't sit at the bottom of the glass pot without drainage.. I have metal pots that I double up.. line it with a supermarket produce bag, the if neededput something in to keep the plastic bottle higher than the bottom (like the cap) and that way the metal pots don't rot. I have a beautiful antique copper umbrella stand that a 5" pot sits in perfectly, but I have a liner (produce bag) so the water doesn't damage my "pot"

It's not that complicated. I have glass and ceramic drill bits but often I'd rather not make a hole in a nice pot because I have to bring my plants in for the winter and want to have waterproof pots so I can pot them on top of nice furniture or my piano without damaging the wood.
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