Hobbies » Plants

The dorms at my college don't allow pets, so I just take care of a bunch of succulents throughout the year. Here I have some info about my plants as well as some pictures. You can find a gallery of my plants at /images/succulents/.

Baked Bean (S. pachyphyllum)

I was walking through Wal-Mart August ‘19 looking for popsicle sticks when I spotted this Sedum pachyphyllum hanging about. My previous Sedum, Bean, had recently died due to root rot, so I was still sort-of grief-stricken. Something possessed me to pay the $5.99 plus tax using my lunch money and make home immediately, where my girlfriend suggested naming him Baked Bean in honour of Bean.

Baked Bean enjoys a bit more water than all the guides suggest, and I can't figure out why. Every time I withhold water any longer than a week, he starts to shrivel up and drop leaves. Quite an anomaly, really.

Charles (D. sanderiana)

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Jade (C. ovata)

Ah, a common jade plant. I was out at the local gardening shop looking for plants with friends in July ‘19 when my girlfriend pointed out this Crassula ovata, thinking it looked quite interesting. One “leg” of this colony of plants is actually at my grandma's house, and seems to be doing quite well despite being in a plastic cup.

Oddly enough, this plant alone is what caused me to buy a grow light. My ensemble of primarily Haworpthsis enjoy the filtered light coming from my window, but Jade needed six or more hours of full sun a day to stay firm and rigid—something I couldn't provide in my new dorm room. I'm glad, though; this grow light caused all my plants to perk up and become more saturated in colour, provided they're at an appropriate distance.

Jerry (M. vetula gracilis ‘Arizona Snowcap’)

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Karen (A. vera)

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Lucky (D. sanderiana)

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Sonic (A. humilis)

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Tails (C. muscosa)

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Veiny Kyle (H. tessellata var. tessellata)

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Zecora (H. reinwardtii f. kaffirdriftensis)

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Deceased

Bean (S. pachyphyllum)

Bean was the second succulent I ever got. The college I go to was hosting a “DIY succulent night” in October ‘18 where we got to choose and pot some mail-order succulents. Selections included some dwarf Crassula, a few Aloe and some variants of Sedum. I chose him—a Sedum pachyphyllum—because I adored the “jelly bean leaves” (his namesake), placed him in the little pot and put him on my TV/dresser/chest setup in my room. He never really seemed the healthiest, though, and kept dropping leaves. (In retrospect, I think this was due to overwatering.)

The final straw for Bean was when my mother went and (over)watered my plants while I was on a two-week vacation in July ‘19—no consultation with me. This also claimed the lives of some pups, an unnamed, unidentified succulent, and Piper. I don't understand why I grieved so much, but I did, and I cried, and cried.

I tried salvaging what small leaf wasn't rotted out with some growth hormone, but it didn't work, and he dried up and shriveled. I kept him on an index card as I do with my other deceased plants, but it seems this one got thrown away or misplaced.

John (Haworthiopsis attenuata var. glabrata)

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Piper (C. ovata ‘Gollum’)

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