Aloe and Baby Tears Don’t Mix

Succulents Wonderland

Succulents Wonderland.

Back, oh say…shortly after moving to SF, I had to have Baby’s Tears in the garden. It was part of my ‘I heart ground cover’ phase. Not long after planting the Tears, it aggressively started taking over. Seeing a rock encrusted with moss is one thing, but seeing all your succulent babies engulfed in Baby Tears is not cool. So the battle began and only a couple months later…we pretty much irradiated it by delicately pulling it out. However, one Aloe still has a bunch of it nestled within it. Take a look above, just off center to the left. That’s the Aloe that no matter how much I try, I can’t get rid of the Baby’s Tears by weeding alone. Time to pull it out and salvage what I can.

Aloe species with Baby's Tears

Aloe species with Baby

Here’s a detail. Man, I’ve shed a lot of blood trying to pull the Babys Tears (Soleirolia soleirolii Correction…maybe S nobilis…let’s just say species) out those sharp pokey thorns.

Aloe ripped out.

Aloe ripped out.

After digging it out, I gleaned out all the tiny bits of Baby Tears. It seems that even the smallest chunk readily grows back into a lush plant. Yeah…if that’s what you want, Boo…if you’re trying to get rid of it.

Aloe with Baby's Tears

Aloe with Baby

Nice clumper this succulent. For the life of me…we couldn’t find the name for this Aloe and have no idea where we got it. We even put out a SOS to a Flickr group for possible ID. The only response we got was from Bárbol thinking it may be Aloe jucunda. Any other guesses out there?

Baby's Tears

Baby Tears.

This large mass o Baby’s Tears was nestled deep within the Aloe clump. Never would have eliminated all of it without pulling the Aloe apart.

Blue Angels

Blue Angels

BTW, it was a noisy weekend gardening. See up in the sky there? Those aren’t birds…they’re The Blue Angles. All day they were buzzing the skies. It’s really creepy hearing the deafening roar of fighter jets overhead. Every year about this time, they put on an airplane show down in Fisherman’s Wharf for Fleet Week. William M Briggs has a good post about the event.

After the replanting.

After the replanting.

In the ended, I replanted three Aloe rosettes in the same spot. The rest are being saved for another project we hope to pull off this weekend. I have my fingers crossed; wish me luck that all the Tears have gone away.

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