San Francisco Bay Area Cactus and Succulents
That was a crazy start to the new year, but now we are all getting closer to getting vaccinated, so we are ready! We know everyone else is ready too. But we will be patient through spring and summer while everything gets back to some new normal. In the meantime, It’s Organic Veggie Starts and Herbs, just the earliest for you, later this week!
We are stocking up on Pottery throughout the month too, it’s been tough with some of the factories closed due to Covid! But we are going to all our suppliers, getting pots in from all over, when available. We’ve been pretty good keeping a large selection in stock, we think!
It’s still too early to be planting cactus in the ground, succulents maybe if we do not have heavy rains, California Native perennials for sure! Winter-growing plants like our winter rains, so that’s a good way to know what’s easy to plant in winter.
Fertilizing will start next month for outdoor plants, but you can start thinking about fertilizing your indoor plants if they are showing signs of stress (from the winter, not from the pandemic! Unless you are an empath). But repotting might wait for another month.
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Haworthia cymbiformis v. ramosa is a very strange little Haworthia indeed. I have no idea how it got cultivated to look like this, very different than the species. I suppose if you collect strange Haworthia cultivars, this one is for you. For you and all your friends in the Haworthia group you have formed from your love of plants like this. This one, this is the one.
Graptoveria “Dusty” is a long time favorite of the Bay Area succulent crowd, to be distinguished from your more particular Haworthia group. I think it’s the purple, people like purple in their plants, very broadly, not just particularly.
Ornithogalum dubium is a small deciduous bulb that has stunning little star shaped orange flowers. It is known as the Star of Bethlehem, but that is clearly not canon. I like to call them Star of Trans-Siberian Railway, because if you bring them on your trip across Siberia on the train, they will be the star of the trip. You will enjoy them there with your vodka and borscht. It’s a new canon!
Another bulb, but so different! Oxalis deppei is the Iron Cross Shamrock and it is the classic true 4-leaf clover of shamrocks, with the iron cross red centers too for good effect. I’m not saying you want to be sure to get this before the March 17 rush, but now would definitely avoid the rush, if you were looking into it.
Agave tequilana is upright for a Blue Agave, practically forming a vase shaped rosette of sorts. Can you make tequila from these plants? No, you are not currently in the tequila region of Mexico, so it’s not allowed. You can make an alcohol from it of course, but it will be a type of pulque.
Agave arborescens is also a useful plant, like the tequila is useful if you think roasting and distilling is useful. This Aloe on the other hand, no preparation needed! Just break off a leaf and harvest the gel. This species was a lifesaver for me a few years ago when I had a very bad rash. Phew!
Now this is a rare plant alert indeed. Othonna lobata is one of the caudiciform succulents and we only have 2. And yet I put it on the website for local delivery! I’m very kind hearted that way
Crassula columella has very tightly stacked leaves, and is a slow-growing plant in the Crassula Family, Crassulaceae, known as the Orpine Family according to Wikipedia, though I’ve never heard that term. Also in the Crassula Genus, and the Crassula subgroup of Crassuloideae. This is a very nice crop we have. It’s been months in the making and it’s ready! We grew them in the greenhouse in Berkeley, not at the Marin greenhouse. One or the other, yes, of course, but actually it was only one of them. You can tell it was Berkeley because it is small. We grow bigger plants in Marin, smaller plants in Berkeley.
Oreocereus trollii is not the only Old Man Cactus we carry, but it is the classic one, the very slow growing very hairy cactus with the hair on the stem and the hair at the top, hairy is what I’m saying. Which is weird because Old Men are known to sometimes be more like Bald.
And yet this bald cactus here, Gymnocalycium baldianum, is not ever called an Old Man Cactus. It’s instead known as the Chin Cactus. No, really. That’s what it’s called. Chin Cactus. Huh. This seems trivial. I’m not trying to be trivial! I’m giving you real information you can use! The common name is Chin Cactus, the previous plant with wild hairs is called Old Man Cactus. Now you know, now you can go down to Peru and ask for one or the other by Common name AND by Latinate name and someone there at a cactus store in Lima will be able to help you! I’m helpful, not trivial!
Mammillaria elongata has dusky flowers. I wonder if that means what I think it means? Since this one is not flowering right now, I could describe the trailing stems – all those new branches coming out will grow wide and far from the central plant. See! I’m very helpful!
Ficus “Tineke” is a very colorful member of the Rubber Tree species (Ficus elastica). Does this mean this small leafy tropical houseplant can grow to be a giant tree that can be tapped as a source of rubber? Yes. Does it mean it will grow 45 feet tall? No. You are misunderstanding what a full size Rubber Tree might look like. It generally grows over 100ft., and can hit 200ft. It is in the Banyan Tree group, which sure sounds like a big tree – Banyan Tree. Yeah, that’s big. I’m feeling very small right now.
Calathea Maui Queen. We have a lot of Calatheas in stock right now, new varieties, new colors, lots more coming – I think this is the year of the Calathea in Houseplants.
Calathea warscewiczii is from Costa Rica, and is the most velvety of the Maranta Family plants that you can possibly add to your houseplant collection. Very tropical. Very sweet
Monstera deliciosa are great for houseplants with their large split leaves, but they also can grow quite tall if you plant them outside, they are hardy in the Bay Area. Did you know? Most people think of them as houseplants, since they are nice that way, but honestly, you can do almost anything you want to these tough and hardy plants. Even eat the fruit!
PERENNIALS AND SHRUBS
We have a large group of Protea family plants right now, Leucadendrons, Protea, Banksia, and Leucospermum! Hakeas too, but those are less popular I don’t know why. But we have ’em. The flowers will stun and amaze, mostly amaze. Stunning is extra, and they give you everything they can, all that extra indeed.
Leucadendron “Safari Sunset” is a vertical-stemmed shrub with very brightly colored leaves. The flowers are small, little cone flowers in the centers of the tips at the tops of the stems. There must be a word for that, when that happens in a plant, but my botanical dictionary is at the other store right now and my google must be down.
Leucospermum “Tango” is an orangish-red pincushion flower on a shrub that is large enough to produce dozens of flowers every year, for awhile but not forever, nothing lives forever. They only live 10-15 years. But they sure live loud and proud!
Protea “Pink Ice” is not just amazing, it is AMAZING!
Banksia prionotes has these great serrated leaves, but the giant pincushion flowers are to die for. There’s something weird about these leaves. Why are they so vicious looking but not actually dangerous, not to people and not to Koalas and certainly not to Kangaroos? Maybe they keep the spider webs off, those spiders in Australia can be pretty big you know.
We have a lot of new gemstones, but today I am only featuring these 2 hand-painted plates, 6″ plates hand made in Mexico. These are very nice.
ORGANIC VEGGIE STARTS
Our first starts of the year will be out this week, I think Thursday is the day! Like we did last year, we are delivering herbs and starts direct to your door. And Soils and Fertilizers too.
And here are some of our Foxfarm products we carry! Northern California local. Don’t forget we also carry a lot of the Down to Earth Products too! They’re not California at all, they prefer to come from Oregon.