Twice a year, spring and fall, the tender succulents get carted from one place to another. It’s the perfect time to give them a little extra attention with the help of some simple grooming tools. A sable paintbrush is good for brushing away debris that collects in crevices and leaf axils. A serrated steak knife will part pups from mother plants. I used to use tweezers to remove dead leaves from plants and pick detritus from gravel, but then I hit upon using these needle-nosed pliers. I’ll show you another picture of them so you can see how they curve at the end, making them far more useful. First, I want to draw your attention to the arrangement in the tea box that Patricia brought me when we had our last plant swap. It makes a great little hostess gift. There are always plenty of cuttings to be gleaned from succulents that have been growing happily outdoors all summer. Thanks, Pat: our pumpkin carving host is just getting into succulents, and was thrilled with this.
My current favorite tool
I actually gave away a sufficient number of plants that most of the keepers fit by these east facing windows.
A few have spilled over to other surfaces. I do envy those of you with basements, garages and pavilions. Oh, well…what could be better than a lap full of cat, a cozy fire, a hot toddy, a good book and an embarrassment of plants?