by Connie Oswald Stofko
You might already know that succulents are easy to care for. You don’t need to fuss with them. They don’t need much water. And they don’t need a lot of light.
But did you know that some succulents need more light than other succulents?
We’ll discuss that in this article, and you can get more details on the best growing conditions for succulents in a talk at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville.
In the talk, Elle Kreuzer, who manages the succulents at Mischler’s, will also give you ideas for displaying succulents in your home or office.
On the same day at 2 p.m., you can plant your own succulent trio at Mischler’s. The fee is $10 (more for a specialty container). To make it easy, the plants will already be sorted according to growing conditions. Pick your favorite succulent, then choose two more plants with the same needs.
It’s all part of the Spring Succulent Sale to be held from Friday, March 11 through Saturday, March 19. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During the sale you can get 20 percent off all succulents: 3-inch containers, 6-inch containers, mixes and hanging pots.
In today’s article, Kreuzer shares a few examples of succulents that like low, medium or full light. This is just an introduction to a few varieties; Mischler’s carries more than 100 varieties of succulents.
Haworthia is a large genus of succulents that thrive in low light.
Collectors love this group because it contains such variety, said Kreuzer, who uses the pronoun “they.” Haworthia includes succulents that are variegated, striped and textured.
And if you’re tired of plants that take up too much room, you’ll be pleased with Haworthia. The plants are small and slow growing; most get 3 inches tall and 6 inches across, they said. The plants will fit on a windowsill.
That window, however, has to have indirect light; Haworthia can burn in full sun.
Succulents in Haworthia flower sporadically rather than annually. The flowers are varied in color: pink, red, orange and yellow.
Succulents in this group prefer 4 or more hours of direct sunlight each day.
A genus in this group is Senecio, which includes trailing varieties of succulents such as ‘String of Bananas’, which you can see in the second photo; the popular ‘String of Pearls’, which has round leaves that look like beads, and ‘String of Dolphins’, which has leaves that look like the silhouette of a dolphin.
“They will trail down indefinitely,” Kreuzer said.
Senecio also has upright plants.
These plants aren’t known for flowering indoors.
Plants in this group should get 6 hours or more of direct sun.
One example is Echeveria nodulosa ‘Painted Echeveria’. Taller than the other succulents we discussed, ‘Painted Echeveria’ gets long arms and branches out. In a 6-to-8-inch pot, it could grow 20 inches tall and wide.
They tend to flower every year if they are in good condition and old enough, Kreuzer said. Their flowers are white.