Dear Sir I hope you don’t mind me emailing you with a question. I moved from England to Portugal in January 2007 and have since become besotted with succulents. In the last two years, I have bought more than 70 but the labelling of plants here is either poor or non-existent. I therefore use sites… Read more »
I happened upon your blog while looking up some info on succulents and found it very helpful! I’m still a little unsure about watering succulent starts though. None of the nurseries I have talked to have been able to help me solve the problem. I have a few successful leaf starts growing and recently tried… Read more »
Echeveria “Perle von Nurnberg” These have been propagated from leaf cuttings. It takes a couple years before you get such large and beautiful plants from a single leaf. But it happens! Echeveria derenbergii These are growing in what we call a “Mud Flat”. Here, let me google that for you. Well, that’s not what I’m… Read more »
All the way from Walnut Creek, Ruth Bancroft asnwers your questions in a reputable publication, the Contra Costa Times or some such. Q: I heard that succulents could be grown from a single leaf, which has the ability to sprout roots and grow a new plant. This sounded doubtful to me, but I took a… Read more »
I just received a leaf of a variegated sansevieria, about 2-1/2 to 3 feet long. It has no roots, just a leaf, which was chopped off above the soil line. I have been letting it dry to develop a callus. Can this form roots, do you think? If so, what method and medium do you… Read more »
Horticulture Week Magazine has featured Aeonium “Atropurpureum”. I suppose that makes it their Plant of the Week. Whenever I talk to gardening groups or friends people never fail to mention how much they admire the ornamental value of Aeoniums. They belong to the family Crassulaceae, the genus contains about thirty species. These plants are a… Read more »
Small colorful species, slow to offset. Grey rosette to 4″, red tips. Rarely offsets, will propagate from leaf cuttings. Red flowers.
1 ft x 3 ft. Rounded green leaves cluster at the ends of the stems; tips will turn bright red in full sun. Easy to propagate from leaf cuttings. Will trail low along the ground, or great for hanging baskets and windowsill gardens. Lots of yellow flowers.
Tuberous caudex to 6″, stems to 12″. One of the few caudexes that can grow from leaf cuttings.
Hi, I recently bought an Echeveria “Culebra” and i’d like to know how I can propagate it. Thanks very much Silvia Silvia, You can propagate it like other Echeverias through leaf cuttings. The process can take 2 years to get small plants. More info is here. Or check out the blog here. Peter
Carol sends in this question, made sad by the forces of evil at PG&E, I have some burrow tails and some echeveria. Three times I’ve tried to root individual “leaves” that have broken off in mishaps [latest was a romp by a PG&E crew through my garden], but have been a dismal failure. Would you… Read more »
This is one I need to know. I can get a little gel out of the aloe leaf just by cutting the tip off and smearing the cut end all over me. Or at least smearing it on the burn or cut. But then what about the rest of the gel in the leaf –… Read more »
Q: Hello,<br /> We’ve exchanged vm regarding the aloe plant I received for Christmas that simply isn’t doing well. I have watered it only once since receiving it and as you can see from the photos, the entire base of the plant seems moldy and rotten. The plant appears to be doing well from the… Read more »
Hello! I’m wondering if you might be able to help me identify this plant . . . and then help me figure out what to do with it. Last year my husband and I bought a house in El Cerrito with a front yard sporting several cacti and succulents, including the large bushy thing in… Read more »
Hello Peter and Hap, Thanks for your time and info during our visit on Sunday. I always enjoy my visits to see you guys and the cacti. We drove down 6th and saw the Agave victoria-reginae with its 5’ tall flower spike. Really cool! Mike was surprised that the actual agave was so small and… Read more »
The <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1826&entry_id=1647" title="http://www.azcentral.com/home/garden/articles/0126swgarden0126.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.azcentral.com/home/garden/articles/0126swgarden0126.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Arizona Republic</a> is taking questions, and it’s all about the kalanchoes today.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Question: About a year ago, I propagated a cutting from a very colorful kalanchoe. The cutting has gone very well, filling a 12-inch pot, but producing no blossoms. How can I… Read more »
We are having our Grand Opening for our new Marin store in San Anselmo, CA all weekend long! Cactus Jungle, Marin 130 Sir Francis Drake Blvd San Anselmo, CA 94960 415 870-9930 March 16-18 San Anselmo Grand Opening Schedule of Events: Open 10a-5p March 16 – 30 Berkeley and San Anselmo • 30% OFF Pottery… Read more »
Hello, my cactus is getting a light brown discoloration on his arms, I am very worried, please advice on what to do to save my cactus. I stupidly placed the cactus inside a barrel that didnt have proper drainage and when I noticed one of his arms truning light brown i figured it was because… Read more »
Hi…can I get a little advice? I moved into a new home with a fantastic agave about four months ago. We recently had a cold snap here in Phoenix (if you can believe that), and it’s looking sickly now. Is there anything I can do to help its recovery? Wayne It does look like cold… Read more »
Hi Peter, I just potted a large piece from a gi-normous Peruvian apple cactus that my brother has growing in his yard in Long Beach. He cut the piece and gave it to me for Christmas and it has been drying out in in my garage since then. I thought I had left it too… Read more »
Caudiciform with thin branches and lots of thin wispy leaves. Caudex 8-10″. Will reproduce from cuttings.
A long letter… Dear Hap and Peter, I’ve come across your blog and a few others while researching what I have done wrong with my aloe plants. It is very nice of you to answer all those questions. I was hoping you could help me please. Also, please bear with me, this e-mail might have… Read more »
Hi, I have a plant that I purchased about 2-1/2 years ago from you. While I left it in the pot, it continued to grow and looked heathy. Last summer, I transplanted it into the ground in a sunny spot. It stopped growing, and developed a yellow tinge. Now, the yellow spots are turning soft…. Read more »
Oxalis herrerae Gee, I wonder what PBS has to say about this plant? Well lets go take a look: Oxalis herrerae is a species from Peru. It can grow up to 3 feet (1 meter) and can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions from full sun to part shade. In lush soils with good… Read more »
I have an aeonium that I bought there a couple years ago. In the last week the center of the main flower has protruded out like a nose. Prior to this the leaves laid flat. Is this normal/healthy? Is this a growth spurt? Thanks for your help, Michael Michael, Your Aeonium is about to bloom…. Read more »
Who knew when I started posting political quotes that I would be able to post a political quote about cactus! Certainly I never imagined such a thing was possible. But here it is, a quote comparing a presidential candidate to a cactus: The stately saguaro cactus is a fitting symbol of the southwestern desert state… Read more »
Hi Peter, We were wondering about these two cacti given to us by friends. The tall one on the left seems to want to branch (we got a cutting off a 3-4 foot tall potted specimen). The short guy we think is a gymnocalyceum, and have always been a bit puzzled by its odd coloration… Read more »
Karen asked a question about her crested euphorbia, and Hap started a long answer at the same time I had sent off a much shorter answer. Check out the differences between my answer and Hap’s. Hello Peter – Once again I come to you for expert advice! My mother bought me a crested Euphorbia that… Read more »
Hi Peter, As we were just discussing on the phone, I have an Echeveria hybrid that I purchased from your fine company back in June. As you can see from the photos, since then it has grown quite tall and I am wondering what I can do for it. Also, the second photo shows the… Read more »
Hi I have been searching the net for some clues about a cactus – I have no idea whether it is suffering from lack of water or too much water! It is a tall, silvery blue-grey cactus with side branches (we were told it was a ghost cactus when we bought it). It does not… Read more »