San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents
NEW AND FEATURED THIS MONTH
It’s only February and already it’s been quite a winter full of weather! (and other stuff too…) So we’ve already had a couple freezes and a lot of rain and then we had stunning hail storms in isolated parts of the Bay Area, including right here in Berkeley!
What can you do? Well, if there’s a hail storm, which comes without warning, if you can then cover those plants! Soft succulents will get spot damage from the impact. After the ice has landed you can then wash them off as quick as possible to prevent frost damage.
What about the heavy rains? Hopefully you have your cactus and succulents planted in our fast-draining succulent soil. That’s the best bet to get them through a wet winter, though plants are individuals, so you can expect some to have trouble with the rains regardless. And if you have had success through the 5 years of drought without planting in a fast draining soil, well now you know that we might still have wet winters through the climate change years, so this coming spring please repot, in the ground or in pots, into a better soil.
And the freezes? Well we can grow a lot of succulents in the Bay Area down below 30F, but it was especially tough following some rains – wet and cold together is a succulent-killer. Hopefully we don’t have any more freezes, but you may have some serious damage to some of your plants, some of which won’t show until later in the winter. Fungicides can help, but it depends on the damage sustained.
OK, so that was a lot of weather-based news. Now we have our New Plants for you!
Gorgeous Mini-Orchids just in time for Valentine’s Day! Or to add some color to your winter.
Oncidiums, from the Twinkle series, with the Phalaenopsis above.
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SUCCULENTS BAY AREA
The heart-shaped leaf of Hoya kerrii!
Coreopsis gigantea is the stunning yellow California native daisy flower.
It’s Winter-blooming-Aloe Bloom-season! This one is Aloe “Topaz”, deep green leaves, Topaz flowers. I wonder what color Topaz is, maybe that color you see there? I don’t really know.
Our first crop this year of Agave “Blue Glow” are big and stunning. Plus we have them in 4″ pots too if you would rather start smaller!
Oooh, red tips…. Echeveria “Ebony”
Very green Haworthia retusa has a little bloom stalk started. Those flowers will be haworthia-grey.
I don’t know, not a great picture, but these little Echeveria “Fabiola” are still cute.
Cotyledon “Happy Young Lady” is our latest new variety of chalky white succulent, this one with long finger-like leaves. The name is not ours, we didn’t do that. Someone somewhere somehow thought that was a good name. Maybe it translates better into the original Korean.
Haworthia reinwardtii, or whatever hybrid since these are all hybrids and nobody knows what the original species is anyway. But pointy! And spotty! Check it out!
Sedum rupestre “Silver” is an easy to grow groundcover succulent. And cold-hardy too.
This Haworthia is called “Super Band” not only because the white banding is super, but because it’s a super clone too. Actually I don’t know why anyone picks the names they do. People are a mystery to me. Why do they do what they do? I suggest donating to the ACLU in the meantime.
A small succulent with a giant red bloom stalk. That’s what I’m talking about. Gasteria marmorata.
Echeveria multicaulis is bright red and bright green, small rosettes, lots of branches.
Echeveria “Jade Point” is this month’s winner of the “Subtle Plant” award. It’s a jade-green rosette. Very nice.
Echeveria “Blue Prince” on the other hand is not subtle at all. Ooooh.
And that Echeveria “Dick’s Pink” is unbelievable. I just don’t….
Kalanchoe porphyrocalyx is indoor since it’s less than perfectly hardy, so that makes it a Succulent Houseplant. Those little flowers on top are supposed to get big and very red when they open, but I remain skeptical until I see it in action.
Our Euphorbia obesa are finally big enough to bring out! We’ve been growing them so long I forgot we had them! No, just kidding, I was watching them grow every day.
Xerosicyos danguyi is maybe a bit of a rare plant, but I left it up here in the regular succulent section. Give it your attention! This Silver-Dollar Plant is in the Cucumber Family, forms a climbing vining stem with lots of round leaves. It likes a lot of heat through the summer.
Cereus “Monstrose” specimens are available, and well-branched, but you should wait for spring before putting them in the ground.
We don’t bring out a lot of cactus in the winter, so this one is special. Parodia crassigibba has beautiful flowers, but the color is highly variable. Check out our plant page and see all the flower colors! I wasn’t kidding! Does it really have all those different colors? Well, not this one individual, it will only have one color. But the species! The species is truly that variable.
Mammillaria thornberi is the one with the small hooked spines that grab onto sweaters in winter and go traveling, so I recommend it as a summer plant, much safer that way.
Maihueniopsis bonnieae is the tiniest of cactus. From Argentina, they have a deep taproot and giant flowers. They grow in rock, making them geophytic. I pronounce the name, “May Whinny Opsis”. Anyone want to take odds on the correctness of my pronunciation?
Pachypodium brevicaule grow low and wide, lumpy even with weird spine-like tubercles. These are some impressive, though small, specimens. I call this one “Lumpy.”
OK, so this is a very rare Euphorbia cylindrifolia hybrid and we’ve been propagating them a few years now, so we have brought out these small, single-branched, starter plants at a very reasonable price! Plus we have a few larger specimens ready too, very branchy and weird-round-leafy.
Euphorbia lactea “Crest” – small crests, rooted directly in the pot without that annoying grafting going on. But of course this means they are slow growing…. Still, they are very cresty, so, I like!
What kind of new rare Euphorbia do we have here??? Broad green red-edged leaves, funky red spines… It’s Euphorbia iharanae and it will get big and branchy, but these fat little starter plants are pretty sweet.
Ariocrapus retusus, the Living-Rock Star Cactus is highly variable, so we have a great group of variable specimens for you to check out. I think some of them are hybrids, but Anne thinks its just their normal variation. You decide!
Oxalis flava is a thick-leafed succulent wood-sorrel bulb. Ben’s been growing them and we only have 3 available since Conor bought the one in the picture. Nice pick, Conor!
CARNIVOROUS PLANTS AND HOUSEPLANTS
Pinguicula “Aphrodite” – we featured this one in December too – I guess when most of the Carnivorous plants are dormant you go to your best winter-growers! This one is sure growing nicely.
Drosera capensis “Red” is very red right now. Beautiful. Sticky.
Stylidium debile is controversial, I’m told, in the carnivore world. But the blooms of this Australian Frail Triggerplant are sticky, or at least there’s a part of the flowers that’s sticky enough to catch insects.
Drosera roseana is a brightly colored Australian Pygmy Sundew. Large colony!
GIFTS AND MORE!
A New Year means new candles! Aunt Sadie’s premium candles are long-lasting scented soy candles and very reasonably priced! Interesting.
Unusual! Cephalopods must be very popular, but these are a little creepy.
It’s an espresso set! Curios, to be specific. We do seem to be ranging far afield here from the cactus theme.
Well aren’t those colorful.