Cactus and Succulents forum: Thoughts about mixed succulent planter

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Name: Cassie
SW Missouri US (Zone 6b)
Crofton09
Dec 18, 2018 1:00 PM CST
Hello succulent lovers! I usually don't do succulents since my lighting situation generally succs. My sweet aunt brought me a planter with 5 species of succulents for my birthday and I'm nervous to say the least. For now, I have it under my plant light in a cubby over our gas fireplace, propped up to be ultra close to the light. The aloe leaves were buried, so I lifted it up as soon as she left the house.

What plants do I have here (I have already identified the aloe, haha)?
Should they stay in the same planter?
Will they do okay kept under this light?
Also, the soil looks like it's just a regular potting mix. Should I repot using a succulent/cactus mix?
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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
Dec 18, 2018 1:05 PM CST
Its a horrendous idea the way it is...
Firesticks(euphorbia tirucalli) is actually a tree, and grows larger and faster compared to echeveria,
The furry thing is called tradescanthia sillamontana , its not even a succulent. It looks stressed and likes more water and organic soil...
The aloe vera is too deep, and is a solitary plant, that grows wide, and large when old, it also makes pups.......
Only the echeveria by themseves shoud be used in this planter....
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Dec 18, 2018 1:26 PM CST
I agree with Stefan. It is hard to keep all members of a community pot happy when they are more closely related. I wouldn't normally recommend
transplanting them this time of year but I suspect they were just transplanted to create that pot. I say this because they all look like they were planted too deep so would have rotted by now if they had been in the pot for any length of time.

Use potting soil and perlite (mixed 1:1) or cactus soil and perlite (mixed 2:1). Does the current pot have a drain hole? It needs one.
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Name: Cassie
SW Missouri US (Zone 6b)
Crofton09
Dec 18, 2018 1:39 PM CST
Thanks guys. It does have a drain hole. Sounds like I'll be running to lowes for pots. Lol. My aunt is not the best at plants, but she's trying to learn. I had to treat her plants for mealybugs when I visited her for her birthday earlier in the month as she couldn't see them with her failing vision. I'll google these names so I know what is what.

Think they'll be ok until after Christmas since I'll be busy busy busy until then? The soil is very wet already, so I'll let it dry.
Name: Cassie
SW Missouri US (Zone 6b)
Crofton09
Dec 18, 2018 1:45 PM CST
Just to be clear, both of the little pokey guys are echeveria varieties, right?

And to be very honest, I wouldn't have purchased any of these on my own accord... I wish she would've asked for a wish list Rolling on the floor laughing
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Dec 18, 2018 1:58 PM CST
They will all make you some very nice plants, Cassie, once they get potted and have some time to grow. Just be sure to not over water them. It's very easy to rot them with too much water.
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Dec 18, 2018 2:23 PM CST

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Crofton09 said:Just to be clear, both of the little pokey guys are echeveria varieties, right?


Yes, the Echeverias are the ones with the pointy leaves and no hair.

Karen makes a good point about not overwatering during the winter. Also try to provide the maximum amount of light possible indoors this time of year, like right in front of a south-facing window. The more light, the better this time of year.

Those plants do not need repotting right away and will certainly be fine through Christmas. When you do repot (maybe at the end of the year, maybe in spring) try to follow Daisy's advice about the soil and the pot, and be sure not to water immediately after repotting. Give your plants a few days to a week to recover first before you water deeply. This is important to avoid complications down the road due to rot. Try to seat the aloe so that no part of any of the leaves is below ground. All the leaves of that aloe should be physically above ground, with only the roots poking below.

The Euphorbia actually works fine as a small potted plant, despite its potential to reach near tree size in the ground. It does require very strong light to do well and will stretch and grow weak in low light. When the time comes and you separate your plants, be very careful handling that Euphorbia, and especially careful not to get the sap on your hands or your face. Any time you break a stem on that plant the sap will come out from the broken part under pressure. It can be a pretty potent irritant, especially if your skin is broken.
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Name: Cassie
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Crofton09
Dec 18, 2018 2:52 PM CST
Thanks guys! I don't have southern facing windows, so will this light cubby work if they're propped pretty close to it?
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Dec 18, 2018 3:24 PM CST

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Hours of daily sun is what you're after. If you've got that going on with the cubby, great.
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Dec 18, 2018 3:29 PM CST
The furry one in the second picture, if I'm not mistaken, is actually more of a houseplant. I think it's Tradescantia sillamontana. Definitely would probably be happier on its own, as I imagine it would need more consistent watering and would be less tolerant of drying out.
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tarev
Dec 19, 2018 12:44 PM CST
Hello Cassie, just delay repotting in separate containrs to mid Spring, but be mindful of watering, that container looks too deep. Glad to know it has drain holes.

Ideally a south facing window at this time of the year would be best. Augmenting with grow lights will help a lot.

When you repot later on, try to use shallow and wide mouth containers with drain holes.

Good luck! Keep us posted in Spring how it goes!

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