BBS's, & are succulents gaining popularity?

Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)March 20, 2013

Please, no inappropriate "hot topic" debate of the ethics (or quality) of plants at BBS's... and yes, I got everything the "real garden center" had that I like, and visit often to repeat this action.

I would have never noticed before whether WM had these in previous years or not, recently discovered I DO like green eggs'n'ham succulents, and am going to make some mini gardens with them.

I do know that the one mom'n'pop garden center near enough to visit has changed their display since January to give the mini garden/tiny plants section more prominence. The plants there are cycling through faster than I can visit, but it's always inclusive of many succulents.

Monday the WM in Geneva, AL had a TON of tiny succulents, some labeled with species, some generically labeled. $2.50-$4. They were still unloading the other stuff from the truck and the little trays on display already had many plants missing, other people looking at them. Is that a new thing, or status quo for WM?

More at the garden center, more at the BBS's, but very few of either to visit in my area, and have not been in the south very long. Could also be a regional thing (vs. OH.)

What have you seen out there shopping?
Do you think more people are getting into succulents?

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Being in the Northeast, where it's very difficult to grow happy, attractive succulents indoors, even with supplemental lighting, I am also seeing lots and lots of succulents in BBS. Many are named, some are dead, but most are unusual and different from ones I've seen before. There are mesembs, all sorts of odd jades, echeverias, cacti, etc. Makes it hard to quit spending money:)

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 1:03PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

I was at Home Cheapo looking for a Dremel bit a couple of weeks ago and strolled to their succulent area and bought the following which were labeled as you see:

Aloe 'Blue Elf' a hybrid
Aloe zanzibarica
Echevaria 'Dondo'
Pleiospilos nelii 'Royal Flush'
Cremnosedum 'Little Gem'
Crassula 'Caput Minima'

I was surprised the tags didn't all read "Assorted Succulent"


    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 8:21PM
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Purple you're over here too! lol I have noticed a nice selection of succulents at Wal-Mart in Macon, GA, but almost nothing at the Wal-Mart where I live. Same for Lowes. I guess it just depends on each area?

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 8:44PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

FF, I agree, especially if you're a serial overwater (now in remission) that I used to be when I lived in OH. I killed some really cute plants and just thought, those aren't for me... they sure like the AL sun though.

Hey, Sarah! IDK... that's why I was asking.

TJ, yes, I was shocked to see species names too, most of them seem to be correct from the plants I bought and pics I can find... the labeled ones are from - where one could get lost looking at pics all night... I like them a lot better than the Costas Farms plants, no scale that I can see.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 8:56PM
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I'm also in remission;)

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 5:06PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Thanks, FF! I've actually been warned that some of my plants look a bit thirsty. Of course there is no cure, but it looks like I'm managing my addiction. Glad to hear you are too. Well, actually the cure seems to be to have a TON of plants so there is always one or two that really do need water when a fit of nurturing takes over.

I'm seeing so many more "name that plant" succulents on here and other gardening forums.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 9:08AM
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lol I think you're right about that, Purple, because I certainly have enough plants now that somebody can always take a little drink if I need to water...

    Bookmark   March 22, 2013 at 11:26AM
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