Monday, October 7, 2019

These Black Succulants Plants are perfect for Halloween!

I received these plants from Succulents Box for review.  Established in 2015, Succulents Box has 5 monthly subscription plans, plus over 200 gorgeous succulent varieties that are organically grown in California.  With boxes starting at $5, and your satisfaction guaranteed or you receive a full refund, you're sure to find a plan to suit your needs.  The nice people from Succulents Box have generously offered us a $20 subscription box with 4 different succulents to giveaway to one of our lucky readers.  The succulents the winner will receive will be randomly chosen by our friends at Succulents Box and may or may not be the same ones I received.  Watch for the giveaway to be posted so you can enter for your chance to win!  Now, on with my review!

In my box, I received an assortment of 3 different varieties of beautiful and healthy black succulents that are a perfect addition to my Halloween decor.  The plants were meticulously bubble-wrapped and shipped in a sturdy box.  Most 2" plants are shipped in their original plastic pot with soil. Fragile and big 4" plants (like mine) are shipped bare-root to ensure their safety. When I opened my package, there was a little soil loose in the box, but it was nothing to worry about.  It was just a little soil that had clung to the roots and fell off and into the box during transit. Succulents Box ships all plant orders within 3-5 days, depending on the availability of the plant. They ship plants Monday through Friday, all twelve months of the year! If you need your order urgently, Just message and let them know and they will upgrade your shipping with the additional cost applied.  Another great thing about this company is that they give you detailed care instructions for the specific plant your receive.  The instructions are sent along with your order, or you can look it up on their site.

The first variety I received is the Aeonium Black Rose Zwartkopf.  This is a striking succulent with clumps of gray-brown stems that often branch near their base.  These clumps can measure up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall.  The long, bare stems hold large terminal rosettes (up to 8 inches/20 cm in diameter) of very dark purple, almost black leaves. It has large conical clusters of bright yellow star-shaped blooms.  The leaves bruise very easily, so there may be some bruises on the leaves when your plant arrives. The bruises are absolutely normal and do no harm to the plant. The plant will quickly produce new leaves to replace the bruised ones.

The second variety that I received is the Echeveria Black Knight.  This is a very interesting succulent with dark-colored pointy and narrow leaves. It's one of the darkest Echeverias, together with Echeveria Black Prince.  In summer, it produces dark red flowers, which add an extra sense of beauty to this stunning species.

The third variety of succulent that I received is the Echeveria Black Prince.  This is a slow growing hens-and-chicks succulent that forms rosettes up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide.  Its triangular thin leaves darken from green to brownish purple as the plant ages while the center of the rosettes remains green.  Echeveria Black Prince forms striking dark red flowers in late fall to early winter. More sun exposure results in darker foliage but the plant prefers bright shade in hot areas.

I was very impressed with the way these plants were packaged when they arrived.  Each plant was perfectly healthy and did not look stressed at all.   

1 comment:

  1. I love succulents! I have a black thumb tho.