List of Florida UNFRIENDLY Succulents - Don't Even Try!

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List of Florida UNFRIENDLY Succulents - Don't Even Try!

For all you Florida folks that keep killing a certain succulent and you don't know why...

Here's the thing ... No matter how good you are, some succulents just hate it here. Period. And that's not going to stop the big box stores from selling them to you, either!

Not to get too long winded, but certain succulents need very hot, dry days and a MAJOR contrast at night, where it's almost chilly and dry. Florida is hot, steamy, sticky most of the time. Why do they need this contrast? They've adapted to keep their photosynthesis to a minimum during the day, keeping the gas exchange pores closed to conserve moisture and reflect heat. The cool, dry nights activate a system called CAM where they open their pores and use gas exchange instead of light energy to make food.

Thus, your "inappropriate" succulents will slowly starve to death, or, while being weak, succumb to rot, disease, pests. 

Avoid the following:

MOST mesembryanthemums (These include split rock plants, living stones, the so called "butt" plants (tee hee), 

Lithops

Conophytum

Lapidaria

Pleiospilos

Others you often see at Big Box stores here that will totally die -

Aeonium

Most crassulas except for your typical Jade plants (forget the Buddha's Temple plant...just forget it. And no propellor plant, either.)

Hens and Chicks (this is an ALPINE succulent)

Dudleya

Many echeverias will croak....

Senecio rowleyanus, String of Pearls

Alpine sedums, like the bright green or the red one that are sold as ground covers...forget it

Senecio vitalis (Blue chalk sticks)

Burro's Tail 

Andromischus

 

Some uncommon ones that you'll spend a lot of money killing:

Othonna

Tylecodon

Ceraria

Pachypodium namaquanum (probably)

Euphorbia quartzicola

Aloe polyphylla (Spiral Aloe) NOPE NOPE NOPE!

I'm sure I'll be adding to this as I remember more no no plants.

Now that you're really depressed, what CAN you grow here??

LOTS OF STUFF! Here's a starter list:

Most Aloes/Aloe hybrids

Most Agaves

Euphorbia Crown of Thorns

Uncarina

Bursera

Commiphora

DESERT ROSES GALORE!

Pachypodium (Madagascar Palm)

Sansevieria

Hoya

Bromeliads

Most Madagascan euphorbia

Kalanchoes

Jatropha

Stapeliads (the stinky flower plants that are really pretty!)

 

 

 


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