Shoal Creek Succulents Plants Have Arrived
By user12607856 on Dec 17, 2004
You may remember that last month I ordered some succulents from Shoal Creek Succulents and experienced some difficulties. I'm pleased to say that's all been sorted out now, and I'm very happy with the plants that arrived in the post today.
If you've never ordered plants like this before through the mail, you might be surprised that they come wrapped in newspaper with no soil or pot. I was fully expecting this and had pots and "soil" at the ready. First thing I did though was gently unwrap everything, and lay them out to see what I'd got. It was nice to see that there were multiples of some of the plants.
I then started potting them up. Since the rekindling of my interest in succulents, I've been potting them in pumice. The last time I collected these plants there were some occasions when I'd over water them. This time around I wanted to make sure I had good drainage. Pumice is perfect for this. The pots are also lighter in weight too.
Duncan wanted to have his own pot, so he got a special deal. His pot contains four different plants. Duplicates of plants that are in the other pots. I ran out of pumice for that pot and for one containing the Kalanchoe tomentosa, so they have a mixture of soil and small stones with a very small stone topping. Since taking the group picture, I put one of my other plants outside in a pot on the deck, and used the pumice from its original pot to repot Duncan's plants. I didn't realize how big the Kalanchoe beharensis 'Fang'was going to be, so that's gone straight to a pot on the deck too.
These are all nice specimens. I'm particularly happy with the Titanopsis hugo-schlechteri. It'll also be interesting to see if I can keep the Frithia pulchra minor alive. The two previous times I've owned this kind of plant I've killed them (I suspect from over watering).
Now I just need to go buy some proper blank plastic labels so that I can identify them properly. At the moment I've stuck the paper labels to the pot.
Thanks to Ryan at Shoal Creek Succulents for this excellent selection.