Berkeley Succulents22 Apr 2014 02:18 pm


San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Videos - Instructional21 Apr 2014 09:59 am

Rikki planted up a wobbly terrarium. Enjoy!

Misc20 Apr 2014 09:14 am

People ask us – is the Cactus Jungle open on Easter? Yes! And then they ask if we have blooming cactus? Yes we do!



Cactus18 Apr 2014 09:13 am


Echinopsis pachanoi

This giant plant with 6 full size branches is now officially the 2nd most expensive cactus we’ve had out on the floor for sale, after the giant multi barrel Echinocactus grusonii that sold last year, but more than the previous San Pedro king that sold 7 years ago.

Come and check it out before it sells!

So tall!

Whippets18 Apr 2014 08:15 am


Berkeley Succulents16 Apr 2014 08:56 am


Jones Street, Berkeley

Aloe nobilis, the Golden Tooth Aloe.

Questions15 Apr 2014 10:32 am

Hi Peter!

I bought this succulent from your store last year while visiting on vacation. I was wondering if it doesn’t look healthy to you. I’ve been keeping it on my back porch where it gets some shade and its watered every 1-2 weeks. Would love to hear your thoughts and advice.

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Thank you!


The little Sempervivum looks OK. It’s probably not getting enough water since it’s still in the fiber pot, which dries out much faster than if it were in a terra cotta pot. Also, I can’t tell exactly from the photos but it may have bugs in the center. If it does you should spray it with an organic insecticide like Neem Oil.


Questions14 Apr 2014 09:26 am

Hi folks,

I got this guy a couple of years ago but just thought to check it’s species now. I’m pretty sure it’s the monstrose variety of O. subulata, though mine’s a lot more gangly than most images I’ve seen.


I live in Calgary, Canada, so this is a houseplant. We have long, miserable, dark winters, so this thing’s stalks grow in alternating thick and thin segments in tune with the sun’s position in the sky (the sun’s only up for about 7 hours on dec. 21, and very low in the sky). I’ve got it in a sun room with floor to ceiling east, south, and west windows, so it gets as much light as a plant can get in Canada without being outside or in a greenhouse, but I find it still gets gangly and topples over. I’m wondering if there’s anything I can do to encourage it to “wood up”, or if I’m better off just pruning the stalks that get so long they fall over.

Also, would you recommend allowing this to spend the summer outside? We’ve got about 3 months of guaranteed safe night time temps, but when I try doing that with my epiphyllums, it seems like our summer is just long enough to trigger much more robust growth than I can achieve inside, but not long enough for any new branches to fully mature. I usually find that anything that grows outside on those guys falls apart inside, melting completely by mid January. Not sure if I’d see something similar here.

Anyway thanks in advance, you’ve got a great and very useful blog!



Two things you can do to keep your O. subulata monstrose’s growth more regular.

1. Repot into a bigger pot.

2. Reduce water to every 6 weeks when there is less direct sun.

These are hardier than the Epi’s and can take colder night-time temps by about 10 degrees F., so you might be able to have it outside for 4-5 months or so. And then when you bring it back inside reduce watering a lot.


Videos - Instructional13 Apr 2014 10:27 pm

Cactus&Nursery11 Apr 2014 10:35 am


The flowering cactus are out in full force, full bloom, full glorious sunshine today and all weekend long! Now is definitely the time to get an eyeful.


These are all what we call Echinocereus grandiflora Hybrids, but others call them Tricho-Lobivia Hybrids. I would tell you why the others are wrong, but that would probably bore you to tears, so I will only leave you with this one word of advice: Don’t trust the Botanists.

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Whippets11 Apr 2014 10:27 am


Reader Photos09 Apr 2014 12:26 pm

Subject: Can you identify?


I bought this at your shop years ago, cannot remember name or type of plant. Can you help?


That is a lovely blooming Billbergia nutans, also known as the Queen’s Tears.


Cactus07 Apr 2014 03:15 pm

Lots of cactus are blooming today what with the heat and the hot and the sunshine too.

Coryphantha delaetiana

Coryphantha delaetiana is the classic Beehive Cactus from Durango, Mexico. Regular and reliable bloomers. We see new buds coming throughout the spring and summer usually.

Whippets04 Apr 2014 01:13 pm

sleeping whippet

Carnivorous Plants&Reader Photos04 Apr 2014 01:12 pm

Anne sent along this photo of her Sarracenia collection.


One of those has gotten HUGE!

Do you think she’ll be kind enough to add species names in the comments?

Travel01 Apr 2014 08:09 am

It’s been an early spring here in the Bay Area, excepting yesterday and today that is. But what about Europe?

Cactus&Travel31 Mar 2014 10:37 am

It’s all available at Les Succulents Cactus. I’ve blogged about them before, but now we have a good picture of the store on – a traveling friend to succulents.

Here’s a small picture I’ve borrowed from JOELIX to entice you to click through to see all the pictures of the Cactus in Paris.


The store as seen in these pictures is reminiscent of the late and lamented Red Desert cactus store in San Francisco up to about 12 years ago. Then they closed. Now you can go to Paris instead.

Berkeley Succulents&Cactus30 Mar 2014 01:42 pm


Grayson St, Berkeley

Blogs&Whippets30 Mar 2014 07:54 am

Jason got himself on This is 4 My Blog‘s Tumblr. I wonder how many tumblr photos of Jason and Benjamin there are out there?

Questions&Reader Photos29 Mar 2014 08:28 am

Hello Peter,

You were giving me some advice there at the nursery a few days ago about
possible choices of cacti and succulents for some planting that I’m hoping
to do here at my place in Kensington.

One of my neighbors has a succulent (I think)that I like very much. It’s
shown in this photo.

Echeveria Fireball

Can you identify it? Are these things available?

Your advice will be much appreciated!

Yours sincerely,



That is an Echeveria “Fireball”, a very nice succulent. And we do not have any growing right now. We may have some by mid summer. We do have a lot of other Echeverias that are that big, even if not that red.


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