Burro’s Tail

Burro’s Tail, Monkeytail, Lamb’s Tail

Sedum morganianum

  • Light Exposure: Direct sun
  • Soil Type: General purpose potting soil
  • Water: Drench then allow to dry out
  • Temperature: 16-29°C
  • Humidity: Low
  • Fertilizer: Once in April and July
  • Height: 2′
  • Width: 2′
  • Flowers: Pink, red
  • Foliage Colour: Gray/green
  • Pests and Disease: Aphids

Example Varieties:

Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus

Schlumbergera bridgesii

  • Light Exposure: Indirect sunlight
  • Soil Type: Cactus mix
  • Water: Drench soil then allow to dry out
  • Temperature: 10-24°C
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Fertilizer: Every 2 weeks in Spring and Fall, lime-free
  • Height: 2′
  • Width: 2′
  • Flowers: Pink, purple, white, yellow, red
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Pests and Disease: Mites, mealybugs, scale

Example Varieties:

Cow’s Horn Agave

Cow’s Horn Agave

Agave bovicomuta

 

  • Light Exposure: Direct sunlight
  • Soil Type: Well draining
  • Water: Drench then allow soil to dry out between watering
  • Temperature: 10-24°C
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Fertilizer: Once every 2-3 months
  • Height: 3′
  • Width: 4′
  • Flowers: Yellow
  • Foliage Colour: Dark green
  • Pests and Disease: Rot

Example Varieties:

Crown of Thorns

Crown of Thorns

Euphorbia millii

  • Light Exposure: Indirect sunlight
  • Soil Type: Rich, organic
  • Water: Keep evenly moist
  • Temperature: 10-24°C
  • Humidity: Low
  • Fertilizer: Lightly year round
  • Height: 2′
  • Width: 1′
  • Flowers: Yellow, green/yellow, pink, white, red
  • Foliage Colour: Bright green
  • Pests and Disease: Root rot, stem rot, leaf rot

Example Varieties:

Dwarf Variegated Agave

Dwarf Variegated Agave

Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’

  • Light Exposure: Direct sunlight
  • Soil Type: General purpose potting soil
  • Water: Allow to dry out between watering
  • Temperature: 20-30°C
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Fertilizer: Half strength twice a month
  • Height: 30-36″
  • Width: 30-36″
  • Flowers: yellow, once every 10 years
  • Foliage Colour: Green and yellow variegated
  • Pests and Disease: Rot

Example Varieties:

Elkthorn

Elkthorn

Euphorbia lactea

  • Light Exposure: Indirect sun
  • Soil Type: General purpose potting soil
  • Water: Drench then let soil dry out between watering
  • Temperature: 16-29°C
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Fertilizer: Once in April and July
  • Height: Up to 10′
  • Width: Up to 3′
  • Flowers: n/a
  • Foliage Colour: Green, white, yellow, pink
  • Pests and Disease: Mealybugs, scale

Example Varieties:

Golden Barrel Cactus

Golden Barrel Cactus

Echinocactus grusonii

  • Light Exposure: Direct sun
  • Soil Type: Cactus mix
  • Water: Drench then allow soil to dry out
  • Temperature: 16-29°C
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Fertilizer: Every 2 weeks in Spring and Summer
  • Height: 5′
  • Width: 3′
  • Flowers: Yellow
  • Foliage Colour: Green with yellow spines
  • Pests and Disease: Mealybugs, scale

Example Varieties:

Haworthia

Haworthia

Haworthia sp.

  • Light Exposure: Indirect sunlight
  • Soil Type: General purpose potting soil
  • Water: Keep barely moist with warm water
  • Temperature: 10-24°C
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Fertilizer: Once in April and July
  • Height: 3-6″
  • Width: 1-3″
  • Flowers: n/a
  • Foliage Colour: Green with white dots
  • Pests and Disease: Mealybugs, scale

Example Varieties:

Jade Plant

Jade Plant

Crassula ovata

  • Light Exposure: Direct sunlight
  • Soil Type: Standard potting mix
  • Water: Allow soil to dry out between watering
  • Temperature: 16-29°C
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Fertilizer: Once every 2-3 months
  • Height: 4′
  • Width: 4′
  • Flowers: Pink,white
  • Foliage Colour: Dark green
  • Pests and Disease: Spider mites, mealybugs

Example Varieties:

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

  • Light Exposure: Direct sun
  • Soil Type: General purpose potting soil
  • Water: Drench then allow soil to dry out between watering
  • Temperature: 10-24°C
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Fertilizer: Once in April and July
  • Height: 8-15″
  • Width: 8-12″
  • Flowers: Red, orange, yellow, pink, purple
  • Foliage Colour: Dark green
  • Pests and Disease: Mealybugs, scale

Example Varieties:

Madagascar Palm

Madagascar Palm

Pachypodium lamerei

  • Light Exposure: Direct sunlight
  • Soil Type: General purpose potting soil
  • Water: Drench then allow soil to dry out between watering
  • Temperature: 16-29°C
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Fertilizer: Once in April and July
  • Height: 6′
  • Width: 2′
  • Flowers: White
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Pests and Disease: Mealybugs, scale

Example Varieties:

Mother-in-law’s Tongue

Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, Snake Plant

Sansevieria trifasciata

  • Light Exposure: Indirect sunlight
  • Soil Type: Rich potting soil
  • Water: Keep barely moist
  • Temperature: 16-29°C
  • Humidity: Low
  • Fertilizer: Nitrate-free, half strength once a month
  • Height: 2′
  • Width: 1;
  • Flowers: n/a
  • Foliage Colour: Green/gray, green-yellow variegated
  • Pests and Disease: Thrips, scale

Example Varieties:

Old Man of the Andes

Old Man of the Andes

Oreocereus celsianus

  • Light Exposure: Direct sun
  • Soil Type: Cactus mix
  • Water: Drench then allow soil to dry out
  • Temperature: 10-24°C
  • Humidity: Low
  • Fertilizer: Once in the Spring
  • Height: 10′
  • Width: 2′
  • Flowers: Red, purple; in summer
  • Foliage Colour: Green with white down
  • Pests and Disease: Mealybugs, spider mites, scale

Example Varieties:

Pencil Euphorbia

Pencil Euphorbia

Euphorbia tirucalli

  • Light Exposure: Indirect sunlight
  • Soil Type: General purpose potting soil
  • Water: Drench soil then let dry out between watering
  • Temperature: 16-29°C
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Fertilizer: Once in April and July
  • Height: 6′
  • Width: 3′
  • Flowers: n/a
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Pests and Disease: Scale, mealybugs

Example Varieties:

Peperomia

Known also as the Radiator Plant, Peperomia produce stout spikes of tiny pink, white or red flowers though considered insignificant since the plant are grown mainly for their fleshy, decorative foliage. With leaves and stems offering up a variety of colours and textures from ribbed, veined, variegated, glossy or matte Peperomia are surprisingly not a popular choice among houseplant owners.

Native to South America and parts of South Africa this compact plant can be found in the wild growing on rotted logs and with it’s relative ease of care makes a great addition to any bright spot in your home. Cuttings are also easily rooted so your favorite varieties can be reproduced and shared with others.

Peperomia

Peperomia caperata

  • Light Exposure: Indirect sunlight
  • Soil Type: General purpose potting soil
  • Water: Drench then allow soil to dry out between watering
  • Temperature: 16-29°C
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Fertilizer: Half strength once in April and July
  • Height: 8″
  • Width: 4″
  • Flowers: n/a
  • Foliage Colour: Green with dark green veins, mottled with peach, pink
  • Pests and Disease: Mealybugs, scale, thrips

Example Varieties:

Prickly Pear

Prickly Pear

Opuntia littoralis

  • Light Exposure: Direct sun
  • Soil Type: Cactus mix
  • Water: Drench then allow soil to dry out
  • Temperature: 10-24°C
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Fertilizer: Once in the Spring
  • Height: 6-18″
  • Width: 12-30″
  • Flowers: Yellow with red center
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Pests and Disease: Mealybugs, spider mites, scale

Example Varieties:

Rickrack Plant

Rickrack Plant

Cryptocereus anthonyanus

  • Light Exposure: Indirect sunlight
  • Soil Type: Cactus mix
  • Water: Little water, allow to dry out between watering
  • Temperature: 16-29°C
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Fertilizer: Monthly
  • Height: 7′
  • Width: 3′
  • Flowers: Creamy white, pink
  • Foliage Colour: Bright green
  • Pests and Disease: Mold

Example Varieties:

Snowflake Aloe

Snowflake Aloe

Aloe rauhii

  • Light Exposure: Direct sunlight
  • Soil Type: Rich, well draining
  • Water: Allow to dry out between watering
  • Temperature: 10-24°C
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Fertilizer: Once in April and July
  • Height: 6-12″
  • Width: 18-24″
  • Flowers: Pink, red
  • Foliage Colour: green
  • Pests and Disease: Scale, mealybugs

Example Varieties:

Soap Aloe

Soap Aloe

Aloe saponaria

  • Light Exposure: Indirect sunlight
  • Soil Type: General purpose potting soil
  • Water: Keep barely moist
  • Temperature: 6-20°C
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Fertilizer: Once in April and July
  • Height: 2′
  • Width: 2′
  • Flowers: Yellow, orange, red
  • Foliage Colour: Green with white stripes
  • Pests and Disease: Mealybugs, spider mites

Example Varieties:

Spineless Yucca

Spineless Yucca

Yucca elephantipes

  • Light Exposure: Direct sunlight
  • Soil Type: General purpose potting soil
  • Water: Keep evenly moist
  • Temperature: 10-24°C
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Fertilizer: Once in the spring
  • Height: 5′
  • Width: 2′
  • Flowers: n/a
  • Foliage Colour: Variegated green-yellow, green-white
  • Pests and Disease: Mealybugs, scale

Example Varieties:

Yellow Tower Cactus

Yellow Tower Cactus

Parodia leninghausii

  • Light Exposure: Direct sun
  • Soil Type: Cactus mix
  • Water: Drench then allow soil to dry out between watering
  • Temperature: 16-29°C
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Fertilizer: Once in Spring, nitrate free
  • Height: 3′
  • Width: 4″
  • Flowers: Golden yellow
  • Foliage Colour: Green with tan spines
  • Pests and Disease: Mealybugs, scale, spider mites

Example Varieties: