LASR Anniversary: Victoria Pitts Caine

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Growing Succulents

My new passion is growing succulents. Last year I made a succulent wall out of concrete bricks, stacked just right to expose the center hole, filled it with potting soil and I had an easy care garden. My front porch holds a very large and very old Jade plant.

Succulents are also known as fat leaves since they store their moisture in various parts of the plant. There are sixty different plants families including succulents and they do well in a hot, dry climate which is what we experience a good six months of the year.

If grown indoors, they need five to six hours of sunlight and don’t go with the temptation to overwater. You need a well-draining container and they’re less happy in glass. They prefer 70 to 80 degrees, so if you’re comfortable, they probably are, too.

This year for my spring birthday and Mother’s Day, I received a basket of succulents and a box of succulent starters. Since the starters were routed from California to the vendor on the east coast and then back again, I was worried they’d survive. They also sat in a delivery van and the little box was hot when I received it. I busily got them planted, hoping they’d endure their ordeal. Thankfully they did, and I have a beautiful planter to keep my other succulents happy at the entryway.

I have been told you can water them and ignore them, probably why I do so well. Did you know the best thing for succulents is a spray bottle? Spritz and forget.

Cairo_Cover_medLiz McCran and Donnie Barnes travel to Cairo, Egypt, in search of Addie and Gary Wright, who were asked to deliver a mysterious envelope. Within days of their arrival, the couple has vanished. When Liz locates the Wright’s contact, Mr. Moustafa, she receives the first of several riddles.

Rayhan Shenouda, an Egyptian working at the American Embassy, agrees to help but his desire is to win Liz’s heart. Following his traditional customs, and much to her surprise, he proposes within days of their meeting.

Will the Wright’s be found? Can Rayhan and Liz’s love withstand an inevitable collision of cultures and customs? Or will it all end at the hands of a nomad insurgent named Ahmad?

About the Author:Victoria Pitts Caine is a native Californian and lives in the central portion of the state. Her varied interests include genealogy and exotic gemstone collecting both of which she’s incorporated into her novels.

The author has received recognition in both fiction and nonfiction from: Enduring Romance top 10 picks for 2008, William Saroyan Writing Conference, Byline Magazine, Writer’s Journal Magazine and The Southern California Genealogical Society. Her first novel published in 2007.

Victoria is a former staff technician in air pollution control. She is the mother of two daughters. Victoria and her husband enjoy travel, cooking, and are self-appointed “foodies”.

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  1. Faye Gates says:

    Victoria, I am a fan. I really enjoy your work.

  2. This sounds like an interesting story. 🙂
    I have a black thumb and kill almost everything that I plant. When we move, I’m going to try again though. I won’t give up on having my own fruits and veggies. 😉
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Have never tried growing succulents, they probably would do well in my house, I tend to forget to water the houseplants.

  4. I love your stories Vicki. Keep them coming.

  5. Rita Wray says:

    I have succulents on my front porch and back patio. They are easy to care for and look lovely. My flowers never do very well but my succulents just keep growing.

  6. Lori L. Robinett says:

    I have a Christmas cactus. It’s the only thing I’ve been able to keep alive, because I tend to forget to take care of plants. Great post – thanks for the ideas. Look forward to the book.

  7. Succulents seem to be scarce in my neck of the woods; they sound like I could handle them and keep them alive even. I don’t have a green thumb.

  8. I’m not a gardener, but I like to hear/read others experiences with gardening. Thanks for the chance.

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