Stemless rosettes w/spotted dark-green leaves, pink blooms
Low mounding hybrid with green leaves, marginal teeth
Large clumping rosettes, shade tolerant, brighter in sun
A. striata x maculata
Large clumping rosettes, green spotted leaves, red-edged in sun
Large rosettes, narrow toothy thick leaves, red-edged in sun.
Shrubby, scrubby aloe with stalks to 6′, branching from the ground
Great shaped spinning thin-leafed rosettes, medium, some shade
Shrubby aloe with stalks to 6′, branching profusely from the ground
Single stem, tree aloe; bright green in the shade
Stemless elongated rosettes to 8″h., dark leaves w/bands of white spots
Small diameter, tall rosettes clumped close
Small, jewel-like mesemb with angular bumpy leaves. Yellow flowers in winter. Leaves turn purplish in full sun.
A. rufescens “Rainbow”
Small purple, yellow, green leaves; pink pendant flowers
Small purple-green leaves, small hairs; pink pendant flowers
Tiny green leaves, stems to 4″l; tiny caudex, small hairs. Pink flowers require heat above 80F to open.
Tropical terrestrial bromeliad in the Pineapple family; evergreen to 4’t.
Mesembs with pairs of smooth egg-shaped silver-green leaves to 1/2″
Mesembs with pairs of glaucus green leaves to 1/2″
2″ rosettes grow to 12″h.; pups at base; light-shade, protect from frost
2″ rosettes grow to 12″-18″h.; pups at base; shade tolerant
Andean tree cholla gets 12 feet tall in habitat but can reach 25 feet in Bay Area, tubular leaves, long spines. Creates a very effective living fence. The fruit often drop and root in place.
Subtropical tuberous succulent, forms caudex; rich soil, regular water
Easy to grow natural bonsai with small succulent caudex.
Rex Begonias come in a wide range of cultivated varieties, with vibrant multi-colored leaves in all sizes.
They’re a low light tropical houseplant with underground succulent rhizomes that need to be kept relatively dry. And yet the leaves need moisture – a puzzle indeed. But not too difficult to solve. Follow along.
Soil: They need a fast-draining soil that will dry out fully between waterings. A high quality houseplant mix will work – but be wary of lower quality mixes because they hold too much moisture. An orchid blend is even better. If you use a cactus or succulent blend, we recommend adding coir chips or a little bark mulch to the mix, or even some vermiculite.
Light: For the best vibrant colors, we recommend bright indirect light only. If they’re going to get some direct sun, make sure it’s no more than 1 to 2 hours of morning sun, and not too close to the window or the plant can burn.
Watering: Here’s what we’ve discovered as the key to successful rex begonias in the Bay Area with wet winters and dry summers. It all depends on the temperature in your home through the year.
Below 60° – The plant is going to go semi-dormant, so reduce watering to every 2 weeks and let some of the leaves fall off for winter.
60’s – Water once per week, letting the soil dry out completely, and don’t mist.
70s – Water weekly, and mist the leaves occasionally with a very fine spray.
80s – Water weekly, and mist the leaves 2 to 3 times per week with a very fine spray.
90° and above – Water twice weekly, mist the leaves every other day or place on rocks in a saucer filled with water to increase the ambient humidity. Don’t let the pot sit directly in the water.
Watering Note: Always let the roots dry out between watering and never let the pot sit in water.
Misting Note: When misting rex begonias always use a very fine mist and never let water droplets collect on the leaves.
If you live elsewhere your results will vary, depending on your temperatures and especially your humidity.
Terrestrial bromeliad to 10″t. w/arcing yellow and green leaves
Terrestrial bromeliad to 1 to 2 feet tall with very strongly variegated/spotted leaves. Glossy foliage, upright form, multicolored blooms. Grows quickly if not too wet.
Terrestrial bromeliad with compact base to 10″ high. Upright form. Multicolored blooms. Sharp edges with marginal teeth.
Terrestrial bromeliad to 1 to 2 feet tall with subtle variegated pastel-colored leaves. Upright form. Multicolored blooms. Sharp edges with marginal teeth.
Terrestrial bromeliad to 12″t. w/pendulous blooms
Bulbs spherical to 10″, long twining vines, sm. greenish blooms