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As a trained environmental educator, with a specialty in marine biology, I find BOTANY - or the study of plants - to be an exciting yet at times unfamiliar endeavor for me. So when I have plant related questions (which is often) I have one friend I turn to most, the knowledgeable ZOEY MANSON!
Zoey and I often collaborate on botanical styling, art and plant care, and now I am thrilled to share her wisdom with you all! Every month we will feature a Plant of the Month that we will discuss in more depth. Scroll Down to see the this month's featured Plant of the Month!
We hope you find this page a helpful place to ask your plant related questions, request how-to tutorials, as well as, your favorite plants to feature. Zoey and I are excited to be offering this service to you all, sharing our love for plants and plant wisdoms!
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I began working with plants at Briggs Trees Company, in San Marcos, CA, where I was fully immersed in plant identification authenticating their entire inventory database. From there, I threw myself into planted art, landscape design and customer service working at the beautiful Barrels and Branches nursery in Encinitas, Ca. I am now studying and working full time as an ethnobotanist (someone who studies how people from different cultures use plants) at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, Ca.
PLANT OF THE MONTH:
all about echeveria agavoides
Hey friends, it’s Rachael again sharing info on this month’s plant of the month, the ECHEVERIA AGAVOIDES, and all its many varieties.
This beautiful and hardy echeveria, commonly referred to as echeveria “lipstick” - is native to rocky areas of Mexico. With its plump green leaves beautifully contrasted with varying shades and stripes of red – it’s no wonder this soft succulent has been bred into numerous and varying hybrids. These stemless succulents have more triangular shaped leaves, leading to the name agavoides – which means looking like an agave.
I also find these to be one of the few echeveria that can handle lower light situations without stretching out (etiolation) – although they will lose much of their vibrant red highlights in lower light conditions. I often use these echeveria for lower light arrangements, because they maintain their beautiful rosette shape for long periods, and need very little watering or care.
caring for your echeveria agavoides:
Luckily, these lovelies can thrive in both bright direct light and low indirect light. More intense reddish-pink tips and margins will occur in direct and bright sun. In lower light conditions, the plant will maintain more green hues. Be sure to remove any dead leaves from the bottom of the plant as it grows. This ensures the plant’s health and helps to diminish chances of pests, like mealy bugs, that like to live in leaf litter.
Like most succulents, these plants do not like to be overwatered. They prefer for their soil to be well draining and for the soil to go completely dry between waterings. In summer months this means you will typically be watering once per week, and in the winter months more like twice per week (but always best to check the soil).
When watering, aim the water at the root area, trying to avoid allowing water to sit in the rosette area. This can lead to fungal infections and even rot. Water the root area thoroughly, giving them a nice soak, and then ensuring that any excess water is drained away from the roots.
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