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New Altman hybrids come marching in

Introducing Aloe 'Swordfish' & others to our online shop

Feast your eyes on Aloe ‘Swordfish’, a fresh-as-can-be Altman Plants original catch, er, hybrid available at our online shop. Bonus: It’s mercury-free and those gorgeous red teeth have zero bite. Very soon two other Altman hybrids will be making their shopaltmanplants.com debuts, both of them intergeneric crosses: Sedeveria 'Lilac Mist' and Tacisedum 'Spring Glow' (Sedum × EcheveriaTacitus × Sedum, respectively).
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More shop choices! Succulents keep streaming in 

With spring hot on winter's tail, we're elated to announce that our succulent pantry has been restocked with a bevy of fabulous fleshies, including Cremnosedum 'Little Gem', Echeveria 'Tippy'Haworthia fasciata variegata, Pachyveria 'Royal Flush', Pilosocereus azureus (pictured), Sedeveria 'Sorrento', and Graptoveria 
'Bashful'
(pictured with Sedum 'Burrito' and Ceropegia woodii variegata). If you haven't purchased plants from our site in a while, we imagine you'll be glad to learn that the $3.50 order handling charge has gone the way of the VCR and rotary telephone.
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Unleash your decorative succulent spirit indoors

Cool winter weather may be making it hard for you to don your creative gardening cap, but plant fun can still be had while the front and backyards remain dormant. Allow us to recommend channeling your pent-up garden energy into  projects that elevate your interior décor to new heights. We share some ideas at our blog that will warm your home on even the cloudiest of days.
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Vibrant multitudes of an Echeveria agavoides  "mystery." 
— Jennifer, Facebook

March Succulent Tips

Those of you whose landscapes are presently carpeted by a layer of white mulch, er, snow may scoff, but spring is just around the bend, Really. Preparing your succulent garden now will make post-snow/post-freeze springtime planting a little less hectic.
1. Make a list of which succulents you would like to use. Giving yourself extra time to explore plant choices, pairing ideas, and layout concepts will result in an even snazzier landscape and/or patio. This will also reduce the chances of purchasing too many of the "wrong plants," if there is such a thing.
2. Rejuvenate your beds by tidying up plants and yanking weeds. (No better time for the latter than when the soil is damp.) Inspect the bases of your plants for anything that could be unnecessarily inhibiting airflow or trapping excess moisture, such as tree litter. Cut back any old, unsightly growth and bid farewell to the plants on your removal list.
3. Look for signs of infestation scale, mealybugs, aphids, and the like. Insect pests running wild, multiplying, and feasting on sap in your garden should be treated to prevent any issues from getting worse. Addressing factors that attract pests can help prevent or reduce the severity of problems.
We blogged about pest control here.
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