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Over the years I have started thousands of succulents -- but today I have none. This year I bought several at in 2" pots at the local Walmart. One by one disappeared. I am in a hot-humid climate. Is it the heat or humidity or bad soil mix and possible soil fungus that makes these plants keel over and disappear?
I noticed the soil mix in the Walmart plants was a fine black soil, with no perlite, pumice or sand inclusion.
Thanks for the article. I am inspired to try again, but frankly the outcome looks hopeless.
As someone who retired as Greenhouse Nurseryman from the L.A.County Arboretum (decades ago), I find nothing to disagree with in this remarkably comprehensive article, and wish I'd had it to help when starting-out at that job. I might add that panty-hose (a few runs are okay) are great to put over the seed-forming inflorescences if you're not diligent about collecting the fruit just as they ripen or before they scatter their seeds.
Okay, I might quibble that many (or perhaps most) Aloe "species" are probably natural hybrids, and the only ways to be sure to get them to come true is to take cuttings or divisions of the very plant the naming taxonomist used to describe them, or to carefully self-pollenate flowers of that plant (both of which are, in a practical sense, impossible).
But that's a long-standing argument I have with the whole Taxonomical System, and not a criticism of anything in this article.