Blue Chalk Fingers Description
Blue Chalk Fingers striking blue color and unique shape texture makes it a must-have in any succulent garden design.
This super-easy-to-grow unique tender succulent has narrow or stick-like blue finger leaves. The pencil shape leaves grow upright creating a fine textured mass up to 18"" high while spreading out to form a carpet-like texture.
There is no succulent that comes close to Blue Chalk Fingers for its blue color. If you love blue, it stays blue despite punishing heat and humidity.
This South Africa native produces tiny yellow flowers in summer.
Create a beautiful, drought tolerant landscape or container garden with this tranquil blue evergreen succulent.
Blue Chalk Fingers needs full sun. Very low maintenance and drought proof. Tolerates coastal areas (salt & wind). Effective as a fire retardant.
Special Features: Butterfly Lovers, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Evergreen, Foliage Interest, Heat Tolerant ,Indoor Growing, Pest Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Winter Interest
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- Botanical Name:
Senecio serpens 'Blue Chalk'
- Common Name:
Blue Chalk Fingers
- Sun Exposure:
Sun, Part Shade
- Ship Form:
3 1/2" pot
- Soil Type:
- Soil Moisture:
- Height x Width:
18" X 24"
- Flower Color:
- Foliage Color:
- Bloom Season:
Accent,Alpine and Rock, Container Gardening, Edging, Ground Cover, Massing, Rock Garden, Small Spaces
- Cannot Ship to:
CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:None
Ideas and How-to's
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PLANTING GUIDESoil: It grows in frost-free rocky garden soils. To prevent root and stem rot, grow this tropical succulent in a fast-draining soil, preferably one that is sand-based with some organic matter incorporated. The soil pH may be slightly alkaline to slightly acidic, but it must not become bone-dry. Some moisture is needed to prevent stunted growth. You may use a layer of pebbles or small rocks to act as mulch.
Light: Place it where it receives at least eight hours of direct sunlight daily. Too little light cause weak, elongated leaves and stems of green rather than blue-gray. In hot desert areas with low humidity, provide it with some afternoon shade so it is not stunted.
Water: Though the blue chalk plant needs little watering overall, the sandy soil with organic matter needs to stay barely moist in general. In the intense light and heat of summer, it can receive an inch of water weekly, but in fall and winter, the soil must remain drier with no more than an inch of water every two to three weeks.
Spacing: 18 in. to 2 ft.
Fertilizing: Occasional light addition of some compost to the soil surface provides just enough nutrients to keep new growth and leaves firm and colorful. Excessive fertilization causes very fast growth in summer, leading to leggy and floppy plants. Fertilize only in spring or early summer.
Winterizing: Plants growing in movable patio containers or house plant pots should be moved outdoors in late spring when no danger of frost exists. Bring them back indoors well before fall frost threatens.
Maintenance & Pruning: There will come a time that the stems flop over or you wish to rejuvenate the plant in a denser, lower mass. In very early spring, prune back stems to their lower reaches, where the stem tissue is firm and covered in a papery tan film. Do not over-water at this time. New stem buds will emerge from the area and rejuvenate the clump. Stem cuttings can be wedged back into the ground, where they will take root and become new plants. Remove leaves as needed to permit best insertion of stems into the ground or containers. Do not rejuvenate plants during a cooler rainy season, which encourages stem rot. Prune off flower stems whenever you want.
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