25 August 2009

Lowes succulents don't suck -- who would have thought?

I finally have myself a lovely little Aeonium 'Zwartkop'I've drooled over this Dr. Suess-esque black leaved succulent in botanic gardens and in photos of gardens from warmer climes, now finally I have one (well, two) of my own!
And I got it at Lowes.
Who would have thought? Lowes has an astonishing selection of incredibly cool, very inexpensive tropical succulents worthy of a specialty nursery! I was clued in by my former boss/mentor at the Ohio State University Learning Gardens who is going through a 'succulent phase' and told me Lowes was the place to get them. I figured it was just an anomaly of the Lowes she frequents in Columbus, but back home in Lansing, out purchasing supplies to refinished my wood floors I poked through the otherwise completely lack-luster selection of plants and found a cart loaded with glorious little succulents! Black aeonium, blue echeveria with leaves edged in pink, fuzzy kalanchoe...

They are all tender, of course, but I've never had trouble overwintering succulents in the house. I'm excited to play with them all in planting up my containers next year!
I wonder, though, how much this little discovery is going to add to the cost of finishing my fixer-upper house... now every trip to Lowes to get paint or trim now also involves a couple little pots of bizarre, beautiful succulents.

4 comments:

NotSoAngryRedHead said...

I'm ALWAYS shocked at what I can find at Lowe's or Home Depot. I think cacti and succulents are getting more popular and the big box stores are getting the hint. The only problem I've experienced with them is the potting soil they come in, the container, and the pests/diseases. They really have to be repotted almost immediately and babied for a little bit. I tend to hose mine down with a bit of organic fungicide, repot immediately, water, and put them in a shadier location than what the tag says. I also put them in a mini-quarantine area just in case... You never know, right? I've had a particular problem with mold/mildew and spider mites with the plants I've bought at the big box stores. Maybe it's my location though.

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