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Break the Hex

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February 21, 2021

A recent poll revealed that the demand for houseplants is growing, but many people believe that they’re cursed……when it comes to growing plants. Let’s look at a great group of easy-care houseplants that will break the hex. Sedums and other succulents may be the best easy to care houseplants. There is a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors from which to choose. I really like the fine textured selections that look so soft to the touch. Fine Leaf Gold Sedum creates a mass of brilliant yellow chartreuse gold foliage. This makes an excellent addition to a mixed container. Sea Urchin Sedum is unique with its silver green leaves with white edges that are needle like. This is extremely tolerant of droughty conditions that enhances its easy care. Tricolor Sedum is a mat forming selection. The leaves are tricolor being green in the center with white margins and tinted with pink tones. I also like the selections that have long linear foliage. Blue Senecio is a great combo filler plant with its cylindrical leaves poking straight up. This is sometimes called blue chalksticks because of the dusting of the grayish blue bloom on the foliage. Firesticks euphorbia almost has a coral-like appearance. The loosely branched vertical stems display a distinctive golden reddish color. Hobbit Jade plant produces stubby two-inch-long tubular shaped leaves with curled edges. This is another sedum that takes on a sea coral appearance. You don’t need a magic spell to successfully grow sedums and succulents. I’m horticulturist Gary Bachman and I’ll see you next time on Southern Gardening.

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