Cacti Selection

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Plants in the rock garden should be carcfully arranged ac cording to size, habit, color, and texture. They must never be crowded or planted in regular lines, but in well-spaced drifts with plenty of open ground between. Plants requiring similar treatment or watering are best placed together Plants requiring shade can be grown beside taller species, near rocks or tn the shade of small-leaved desert trees like the Jerusalem Thorn, Parkinsonia acu eata,, set in or near the bed. The planting may...

Pests and Diseases

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(here are a number of pests and diseases that attack succulents, but all of them are easily recognized and controlled by simple methods. The best method, of course, is prevention The collector who buys only healthy, vigorous stock, plants and spaces his collection carefully and provides constant cleanliness, light, and air will rarely encounter more than two or three of these troubles in his career. For, like human ills, these disorders are not natural to succulents but the result of...

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Growth have made u a favorite basket planl the world over The popularity of small-flowered, compact plants like Rosetta has given rise to a whole new race of epiphyllum hybrids, Because most epiphyllum varieties are large, strong-growing plants they are rather awkward as house plants, requiring much more room than the average window-sill gardener can afford to give. In the past his only recourse was to grow one of the smaller relatives of the epiphyllums, The most jiopuiar of these is...

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Ocfophyltum, 116 roseum, 116 A nocarpus fissuraiwt 47 Arizona Organ Pipe. 39 Arrangements, 154-57 A mophy turn, 51, 173 aftertax 51 capricorne, 51 myriostigma, 5 i ornatum. 51 Aziekmm nitent 48 Bryophylium, 14. 76, 77 78. 96 crenatum, 78 daigremontianum, 78 fedischenkoi, 78 pinnaium, 77 scandens, 78 tubiflorum, 78 unifiorum, 78 Bulbme. 103 ahoides, 103 caulescens, 103 Bunny Ears. 33 Burro's Tail, 81 Buying 187-88 Byrnesia wembergii, 82 Black Starfish, 122 Blue Barrel. 50 Blue Chalk Sticks, 87...

The Amaryhs Family The Amaryllidaceae

Strange as ii may seem, the amarylJis bulb blooming in your window, with its green strap-shaped leaves and wide trumpet flowers, has one very well-known succulent relative the Century Plant. This most important succulent member of the Amaryllis family belongs to the genus Agave (ah-gah'-vec), whose more than three hundred species range from the southwestern United States to the equator and throughout the West Indies. The agaves are succulent rosette plants varying in size from large specimens...

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O 'the large agaves A, americana, the Century Plant, is certainly the most popular and commonly grown. Its broad, gray-green, lance-shaped leaves edged with dark brown teeth and tipped with a strong spine have developed a number i striking variegated Ibrms, such as the variety marg nala, with leaves edged yellow, and the varieties medio-picta and striata, with yellow stripes in the center of iheir leaves. But despite a popular misconception these Century Plants do not take a century to bloom,...

How Succulents Developed

The story of succulents begins nearly fifty million years ago m a time called the Eocene epoch. A great waterway stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic then, i he Mediterranean lay deep in Asia. A hundred nameless seas covered our great deserts and mountains. Along their shores vast forests teemed with the beginnings of modern plants and animals Everywhere the climate was subtropical moist, abundant. Life was easy. Then gradually the earth began to change. The ancient seas slowly...

Man are content to grow them alone in preference to all other cacti

Of the sixteen genera in this subtribe two are outstanding, Mammiitaria (mam-ee-Jay'-ree-ah) and Coryphantha (koh-ree-fan'-tha). They are distinguished from other members of the Cereus tribe in having lines of tubercles or nipples (mamillae) instead of ribs, and from the other members of the Cactus family in having the spine-producing and flower-producing centers of their areoles separated. In the genus Mammillaria. for example, the flowers do not arise from the spiny areole which lips each...

Cactus Selection Guide

Armed, almost tropical in appearance, they have recently found wide use in landscaping and in containers with other ornamental foliage plants. In striking contrast, the leaves of A. striata, the Hedgehog Agave, are scarcely a half inch wide, stiff, and sharpiv pointed to make a bristling rosette two feet across. Of the small agaves A. victoriae-reginae is unquestionably the finest. Its narrow olive-green leaves, beautifully penciled and marked with white along the edges, form a compact globe of...

Cactt and other succulents

Is more popular or widely grown than the Common House-leek, S. tectorum var. calcareum, whose three-inch, gray-green rosettes have a pronounced brown tip on each leaf or the huge six-inch rosettes of S. caicaratum, beautifully shaded and tinted with crimson and purple highlights. The list is really endless, for the sempervivums hybridize readily and the nuniber of fine varieties now available to collectors probably runs into the thousands. Closely related to these hardy European sempervivums...

Cacti Cateterismo Cateterismo

And for ihe first time in their long history these plants are being given a more natural, more nearly functional place in ihe garden. They are being used so freely and intelligently, with such good taste and judgment that there is no doubt succulents are here to stay for all time. The commonest, most natural way to use succulents in ihe garden is 10 combine them with stones to make a rock garden. Bui the modern succulent rock garden is a far cry from the wagon-wheel and skull-littered rock...

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Claude Chidamian, who is the son of dedicated gardeners, has lived in an environment of gardens ail his life. The garden of his Los Angeles home is a thing of great functional beauty As a lecturer on ornamental horticulture he has spoken before hundreds of garden and women's clubs, horticultural societies, and nurserymen's associations along the Pacific Coast and through the South and Southwest. Including a bibliography as well as a full index, he has compiled the first full, one-volume guide...

Whaf Are Succulents

A little cactus blooming bravely in a tenement cluster of Hen and Chickens in an old garden, the lofty spire of a Century Plant, the dark candelabra of a giant Saguaro silhouetted against a brazen desert sky these are succulents. They get their name from the Latin succulenlus, which means juicy or fleshy, because they are all drought-resistant plants especially adapted to taking up and storing great quantities of water in their thick leaves, stems, or branches. The succulents do not belong to...

The Daisy Family The Compost toe

While some plant families, like the Cactus and Crassula, have become almost wholly succulent in the process of evolution, others like the vast Daisy, or Composite, family have developed surprisingly few succulent members. Actually the succulent relatives of our sunflowers, daisies, and thistles are found in only three or four closely related genera, the most important of which is the genus KJeinia (kly'-ni-ah). The kleinias are generally small succulent shrubs or trailing plants with fleshy...