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The Generosity of Succulents

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Stock house at Grigsby’s Cactus in Vista, California. Photo: Jeff Moore

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Under the Spell of Succulents

A Sampler of the Diversity of Succulents in Cultivation

By Jeff Moore

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“Can I just break off a piece to make more plants?” I frequently field this question at Solana Succulents, my nursery in Southern California, and quite often the answer is yes, you can. That honesty may cut into sales, but facts are facts. Anyone who has owned a jade plant (various forms of Crassula arborescens or C. ovata) has probably already figured out how easy it is to propagate when a small growing tip, just a few leaves and an inch of stem, falls to the base of the mother plant and begins growing alongside it. Other succulents are even easier and will generate a whole new plant from a single fallen leaf. And then there are those that cross into weed status such as the various Mother-of-Millions kalanchoes, which form multiple small plantlets along their leaf edges that drop and grow where they land. I usually offer a warning when selling (or sometimes ...

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