San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents
NEW AND FEATURED THIS MONTH
September is the hottest month of the Bay Area year, and this email may be a few days early, but then so is the heat. Keep cool! Beach days for everyone!
But really now is a good time do a little extra watering. If your plants were showing stress through the foggy summer (at the coast! we’ve been foggy!) then watch them closely through the hot month ahead. Maybe make sure they don’t burn with any sudden influx of extra sun.
This is also the last chance to get your cactus repotted. Well, with care, they can be repotted into mid-October, but now is a good time since their roots will still be growing and will have time to heal. I foresee a repot frenzy in your future! Succulents are more flexible heading towards the latter part of the year.
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SUCCULENTS BAY AREA
Agave “Frostbite” has some frosty stripes there. Such strong stripey action is always a good way to get your agaves to fly off the shelves, if you are an agave developer. That’s my secret info I’m sharing with you today! Pass it on! Hardy below 20F and full size is 18-24″ so nice and compact for your garden.
Agave patonii “Alba Marginata” – we’ve been growing these a few years since they were very small little things. These are now full size. That’s it! It’s a small agave indeed. So they’re in 1ga. pots but the same price as a standard 2ga. agave, sorry to say. This goes by many names, including A. “Toyushi” and also Agave parryi v. patonii fa. compact variegata. Phew!
Graptoveria “Moonglow” is a small-leafed, tightly-packed-rosettes intergenic hybrid cross between an Echeveria and a Graptopetalum. It’s often found in garden centers improperly labeled Echeveria “Moonglow” so accept no substitutions. The flowers are unique!
Graptosedum “Ghosty” is another intergenic hybrid, but this time a cross between the Graptopetalum and a Sedum. It looks a lot like it’s parent Graptopetalum paraguayense. I wonder what the difference really is?!? But I think they chose a good name with “Ghosty” since the it’s also known as the Ghost Plant. Easy to remember!
Aeonium “Pinwheel” is not the Pinwheel Aeonium, which is an Aeonium haworthii, completely different. This one is one of the many Aeonium arboreum cultivars, very similar to A. “Schwartzkopf” but much smaller. A good size! 2 ft tall with broad rosettes and dark leaves. Naming conventions can be quite confusing.
Dracaena draco is the giant Dragon Tree and here we have a small plant ready to start growing for you. Compact to start!
Sansevieria parva “Uganda” is my favorite of the snake plants that send out long pendant runners, which are called stolons, I’m told.
Crassula perforata is the classic Pagoda Plant – square stem tips formed by the stacked leaves. I like stacking leaves when I’m hanging out with my friends. Usually while drinking a nice espresso with just a dollop of frothed cream.
Aloe “Mancave” – I still haven’t figured out this name since the last time I featured this plant. I don’t know if it’s supposed to be pronounced Man Cave like a beer-soaked TV basement, or Man-cà-vè with the accent on the 2nd syllable. I like that better. It sounds less stupid. Let’s all say it out loud together, ready now…. Excellent!
Echeveria “Moondust” is a large grey-purple rosette, sometimes bluish or pwdery-white, low to the ground, gets 12″ across! It’s kind of a chubby leaf. It’s hardy enough, but with easily rot-prone leaves too since it hugs the ground. So watch for dropped bottom leaves and maybe give it some winter protection.
We have so many Haworthias this month, so many more than we are even showing here, that they get their own section. One time only!
Haworthia fasciata v. concolor is deeply spotted all over. All-over-spotting is a sign of ill health in a person, but not so in a Haworthia. Very healthy Haworthias have more spots. They compete with their neighbors for the most spots. This one wins.
I love Haworthia month!
That is some delicious looking large red cactus fruit, aka Tunas, Prickly Pears, Sabras, nōchtli and more names! This is on one of our larger Opuntia robusta plants. When they get in the ground they can produce a lot of fruit, just for you if that’s what you want, or for all your neighbors and friends too, if you have neighbors and friends. I always prefer to eat my prickly pears by blending them in with my margaritas. Delicious, and healthy!
Opuntia cochenillifera is the classic Nopal. Grow your own! To go with the Prickly Pears above, this one is the deliciously edible pads. Also has many names, like nopales and nopalitos. That’s it! Here’s a nopal recipe, with onions and cilantro.
Othonna triplinervia is Wow! fat trunk, stunning flowers that are just about to open. Will grow multi-stemmed. Delicious fruit! I just made that last part up. Don’t eat the fruit. Instead you should collect the seeds and grow your own plants. These are in the Asteracea family, so they will have stunning compound yellow daisy flowers when open.
Cheiridopsis candidissima used to be more common around here, but it’s been lost for awhile and we’ve had trouble starting more, so now it’s been moved to rare plants. Sometimes that just happens in the nursery trade.
AIRPLANTS, PERENNIALS AND CARNIVOROUS PLANTS
Drosera enodes is a tiny upright Pygmy Sundew from Western Australia where they have a Mediterranean climate just likes ours! A great choice to grow here in the Bay Area, if you have the courage to plant something so tiny that needs a bog setting. Courage!
NEW GIFTS, AND MORE!
I don’t know, we always have new mugs around, you can use them as mugs, you can plant into them of course, as we do. This one is a Hot Donuts mug. Interesting! Or not, hard to say. Fascinating! Maybe. We also have Hot Donut tea-towels and Chicken Dinner tea-towels too. I also have a whole new line of mugs and stuff coming from England later this month. They’ve been ordered! They’re on the way! I hope…
And for all of you who like our more specialized weird selection of toys, I’ve added a couple Momiji, more to come later. What is Momiji? I don’t know, but someone has got to know just what these Japanese figures are all about.