Birthdays

This is how we celebrate birthdays at the nursery.

Today is Ian’s birthday. He’s quite excited to get a cupcake.

Brothers

My brother David the professional animator saw my new video from yesterday and has come up with a new set design to improve the future videos. I agree with him. Will my loyal readers build it for me? In the meantime, I’ll be adding more videos using the old set. Maybe I’ll move inside too.<br /><br /><img width="432" hspace="5" border="0" src="/blog/uploads/misc/layout_for_video.jpg" /><br /><br />Thank you, Dave.<br /><br />[Update: <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1744&amp;entry_id=1547" title="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1707611/#producer" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1707611/#producer’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Here’s his IMDB page</a>.]<br /><br />

Cactus and Succulent Instructional Video

I’m back with another in our series of instructional videos. This one is about the difference between cactus and succulents. Watch the video, and then take the test.<br /><br /><object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Jw64lvOucGY"></param><embed width="425" height="350" adblockframename="adblock-frame-n7" adblockframedobject2="true" adblockframedobject="true" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Jw64lvOucGY" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"/object><br /><br />Now you know.<br /><br />

Cactus and Winter Stress

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Cactus Jungle on TV

They used our custom Succulent Wall Panels on the DIY Network show, Bath Crashers. And they gave our delivery van a plug. That’s me in the drivers seat. I condensed a very jumpy 30 minutes down to 2, with our 1 second part at about 1:30.

Cactus Watering

Here we are nearly 8 years into the 21st century, and I have yet to make an instructional cactus video. Until now. My first one is a little raw, but it is intense, direct, simple, and informational too. Give it a shot.<br /><br /><object width="425" height="350"><param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/QsVMkT_TlJw" name="movie" /><embed width="425" height="350" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/QsVMkT_TlJw" adblockframedobject="true" adblockframedobject2="true" adblockframename="adblock-frame-n7" /><br />
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Echeveria Bloom and Musical Number

The prettiest Echeveria of all is:

Echeveria lindsyana

Echeveria lindsyana

Wow! If I didn’t have a nursery, and thus have a whole bunch of these Echeveria lindsyanas already, I would for sure buy that.

Some facts for you: From Mexico, as is typical of these Echeverias in the Crassulaceae Family. Hardy into the lower 20s, but probably not all the way down to 20F. They will form small dense clumps of 6″ rosettes. And they’re pretty. Oh so pretty. They feel pretty and witty and bright! And I pity any Echeverias who isn’t lindsyana tonight!

 

Garden Tips

From J Peterson Garden Design in Austin, TX

I’ll have to try that out. Of course, here in Northern California we have better local wines than they do in Texas, so it’s all good.

How Often Should You Water Lithops?

 

Now, I have to say, this advice is only good if you do not live in the desert. If you live in an actual desert, then please ignore this. Please?!?

How to Fertilize an Orchid

My latest YouTube Instructional Video! Crucial information towards the end of the video, so be sure to watch all the way through.

How to Stress a Succulent

Debra Lee Baldwin shows you how to make your succulents more colorful with brighter colors and more flowers. But not too stressed.

Does it make you nervous to think about trying this? Keep in mind that this trick of extra stress will slow down the growth of the plant. Sometimes we like to make a plant happy first, let it grow thick and lush, and then slowly increase the stress levels to bring out the wonderful colors.

Late Night Choir Blogging

It’s the nephew in a choir on tour in Switzerland, so that deserves a blog post! He’s the first one you see when the camera zooms in, on the far left.

Late Night Video Posting

Its the Rooster-on-the-Field Edition of our late night videos. No mere kitten videos or pig-horse friendship videos for us!

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