If these had not been brought under shelter as well as all the other small pots, they would have most probably been washed out of their pots: the rain on Thursday night and during Friday was the heaviest I had seen. We have more of this to come today!
|Gasteria carinata v.verrucosa|
The bottom of the pot was full of dead roots. I learnt this week that this happens to the old roots every few years. After all the bits were separated, I found some healthy shoots and decided to clean up the pot, and start again, with fresh compost mixed half and half with grit. I
This isn't the first time of repotting, but I ought to have done it sooner. I only have a few succulents, and love having them around the house, in different places. I don't have a book on how to really look after them properly, and just check on the internet.
(3) As I had the repotting tray out, I mixed some suitable potting medium and got cracking on potting up some rooted cuttings. Three of Salvia microphylla 'Cerro Potosi', and three of silver leaved Artemesia Powis Castle, which I had taken as an insurance should my heavily pruned shrub not survive its hard pruning. All six are being protected in the shred from further rain. It has started to rain, but it was still warm, and a treat to out in the fresh air. I limited myself to keeping only a few of the cuttings: for myself and to give away. Jon The Propagator used an apt term this week: "one to wear, one to spare, and one for the wash".
(4) My well packed order arrived from Pottertons. The plants may be in their winter phase, but since 'the specials' were in very low supply, leaving it a little later would end in disappointment.
(6) Crocus sieberi subsp. sublimis Firefly/Crocus sieberi atticus 'Firefly': the second crocus variety in flower this year. Not quite as bright a purple as Tricolour, however the gentler colours look great in the conservatory border.