1 The new plants were lined up on the work table in the head house and appropriate pots were chosen. The size of the pot is a major consideration, but for aesthetics, so is the color and shape.
2 Ryan already repotted this unusual Crassula marnieriana - string of buttons. Many species of Crassulas have a unique way of growing with their leaves stacked upon each other and with the stem running right up the middle of the leaves.
3 Another crassula - string of butttons - These strings grow longer, multiply, and will eventually cascade down the edges of the pot.
4 Aloe polyphyla - This striking succulent is grown for its amazing perfect spiral form. Growing to 18"-tall and 2'-wide, this is an excellent container plant.
5 Raoulia australis - An unusual alpine from New Zealand, this forms an absolutely flat carpet of lead-grey foliage that will creep in between and over small rocks.
6 Artemisia pedemontana - This is a flat, silvery evergreen shrub for rock gardens, but I like how it looks in a pot.
7 Unfortunately, flowerpots break from time to time and those pots are further broken into shards for repotting purposes.
8 A broken shard is positioned over the drain hole in the bottom of each pot, allowing water to drain out but keeping the potting mix from escaping.
9 Ryan scoops a few inches of a special cactus mix into the bottoms of each pot.
10 A Miracle-Gro product, this is a fast draining formula that contains a mixture of sphagnum peat moss, composted forest products, sand, and perlite. It is excellent for growing cactus, succulents, palm, and citrus.
11 When working with cactus and other spiny plants, it's a very good idea to wear protective gloves that those spines can't penetrate. Ryan found a pair of long leather rose-cutting gloves.
12 This is a golden barrel cactus. This spiny specimen is one of the most popular cacti in cultivation, however, it is rare and critically endangered in the wild.
13 The barrel cactus released from its pot quite easily. If the plant won't release, insert a kitchen knife between the soil and the pot and cut around the inside edge until you have made one full rotation. This should loosen the plant enough that it will slide out of the pot.
14 The cactus is lowered into its new pot. Since I brought back two barrel cacti, Ryan chose matching pots, which will look nice as a pair when he decorates my home with plants when I entertain.
15 He filled in around the edges with more cactus mix.
16 And tamped down the edges - You can see why gloves are absolutely necessary!
17 Next came an agave - potatorum 'Kichiokan Marginata'. This is a small growing agave to 12"-tall by 18"-wide with short gray leaves margined with pale yellow streaks and red spines. This very slow grower is highly sought after.
18 Cacti and agave grow in arid conditions and therefore, have very long water-seeking roots.
19 Ryan lowered the agave into its new pot and filled it in.
20 This is an astelia 'Silver Shadow', an evergreen perennial highly prized for its tall silver leaves.
21 The astelia ‘Silver Shadow' looks great in this pot.
22 Another agave called 'Sharkskin' - This is a structural succulent that grows to 3'-tall with evenly-spaced thick triangular dark gray-green leaves, having smooth margins and a prominent sturdy terminal spine.
23 This plant produces pups, and Ryan was pleasantly surprised to find two of them!
24 You simply pull the pups away gently.
25 You then pot them up as separate plants.
26 Very nice progress with an added bonus!
27 And lastly - Aeonium Tabuliforme - 'Dinner plate aeonium'
28 This is a beautiful and rare succulent native to the Canary Islands. It forms a round, flat, ground-hugging rosette, just 2"-tall and 18"-in diameter. The rounded, soft-green leaves have an extraordinary swirling pattern.
29 Great plants in great pots!