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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:
othonna Capensis = “Ruby necklace”
all about othonna capensis (ruby necklace)
Hey friends, it’s Rachael again sharing info on this month’s plant of the month, the OTHONNA CAPENSIS, aka Ruby Necklace,, or as I have lovingly nicknamed it - String of Rubies.
The Ruby Necklace is one of my favorite succulents to use for trailing and spilling purposes. They grow fast, are vibrant in their shades, and bloom with little daisy like flowers all year long. In lower light areas they maintain a green shade with purplish highlights especially along it’s stem. In bright sun the stem and the bean shaped pudgy leaves will turn ruby red!
They are in the genus of Othonna which are African plants most closely related to Senecio succulents like String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus).
caring for your ruby necklace:
Luckily, these lovelies can thrive in both bright direct light and low indirect light. The more direct sun these plants get the brighter purple and red their color becomes. In lower light conditions they maintain a more greenish hue with purple stems and highlights. In my experience these plants can do well in low light situations in gardens and on patios, but are a bit harder to keep happy indoors.
During the warmest summer months they go into dormancy, so you’ll want to provide them with more shade and water less frequently
Like most succulents, these plants do not like to be overwatered, especially if placed in more shaded and cooler areas. They prefer for their soil to be well draining and for the soil to go completely dry between waterings.
During their growth seasons, in Spring and Fall, they prefer to have more moisture in their soil so can be watered more frequently (like once per week).
You can trim these plants back when they get too long. You can replant the clipped ends - although the best bet it to provide them with some water propagation to spur on their root growth prior to replanting.
World of Succulents
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