According to Cactus & Succulent Society vendor and expert grower Tina Zucker, you don't need to be a scientist to be successful with succulents. "It's all about observation," she says, "and anyone can do that." Tina calls it "gardening from the heart."
Autumn is "a perfect time to observe changes," Tina says. As days shorten and nights lengthen, "winter growers like aeoniums begin to wake up, and summer growers like echeverias start to go dormant."
Tina asks, "When you look at your plants, do you really see them?" For example, "Maybe you're growing the same succulents on opposite sides of your house. Some get full sun, others part sun. What differences do you notice in the plants?" (Something as simple as orientation to the sun can cause succulents to grow larger, be greener or more red, go dry or even sunburn.)
How does heightened awareness help plants? "People are inclined to water succulents that aren't looking good," Tina says. "But if you know it's because their growth is slowing, you know it's probably not lack of water." And if a kalanchoe's leaves fall off, "don't see it as a problem but as an opportunity. They'll root and you'll get a new plant."
Scroll down to learn about Tina selling her business and her upcoming sales.
16 Things Your Succulents Want You to Know
If you see these happening with your succulents, here's what they're telling you:
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"It's Time," Tina Says
Tina Zucker's business, Succulent Gardening, specializes in rare and unusual varieties. "I go for the unique, different and uncommon," she says. In addition to Cactus & Succulent Society of America shows and sales, Tina sells online. Despite not advertising, she has a thriving mail-order nursery.
But "it's time," Tina says, for her to retire and sell her business. This is a golden opportunity for an enterprising succulent enthusiast or nursery with adequate space (she has several greenhouses of plants). To learn more or to receive an invitation to sales Tina is having in Solana Beach, CA in Sept. and Oct., contact her. Note: She is NOT selling her home or moving.
See Tina in My Videos
On my Instagram page: Aug., 2019: Tina shows part of her private collection. Oct., 2018: Tina explains how to water lithops at the annual Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society sale at the San Diego Botanic Garden.
Concerned about your plants? Find help on my YouTube channel: Oh No! Something's Wrong With My Succulent! and here on my site:
Succulent Plant Pests, Diseases and Other Problems Keep your succulents looking their best When a succulent isn’t looking quite right, you may wonder if you’ve done something wrong. Here’s what to look for: symptoms, causes, severity, prevention, and treatments for common succulent pests and problems. ‘Sunburst’ aeonium showing abrasion bruises Abrasion Not Serious but unsightly.…