Berkeley Succulents&Photography22 Jul 2014 03:56 pm

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I see we’re growing some very colorful Echeveria Hybrids this time of year.

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While it’s true they are very colorful, they’re not really this colorful. There may have been some filtering going on with these photos too.

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But so nice…

Cactus21 Jul 2014 08:47 am

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Anne’s latest Cactus Terrarium us a custom job for a customer’s terrarium glass.

👑 🌵 💃

Berkeley Gardens&Berkeley Succulents&Cactus17 Jul 2014 08:49 am

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Opuntia linguiformis

Just off San Pablo Ave in Berkeley

Carnivorous Plants15 Jul 2014 08:29 am

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Drosera binata – Forked Sundew
 
Native to Australia and New Zealand
Deciduous Carnivore (Evergreen if Grown Indoors)

Sun: Partial to Full Sun
Water: Daily, Distilled Water Best
Size: Draping, 12- 18″ leaves

Dew covered multi-forked leaves turning bright red in the sun. Sticky dew captures insects. It forms a large insect-catching bush. Best grown in 50/50 peat moss and sand. Also grows well in standing water. Hardy to 25F.
 
 

Reader Photos14 Jul 2014 12:14 pm

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My San Pedro Macho second round of blooms from the other night

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Nice! That’s Echinopsis peruviana for those playing at home.

Photography&Plants14 Jul 2014 05:54 am

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I see the Jewel Orchids are in spectacular little white blooms!

Haemaria discolor – Jewel Orchid

Terrestrial orchid, small white flowers, dark striped leaves and shade-tolerant!

I think they look like they’re made out of sugar. I’ll bet they’re too sweet to eat. Though you might want to try…

Let me know how it goes when you eat one. Send photos.
  

Whippets11 Jul 2014 05:15 am

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Berkeley Gardens&Cactus10 Jul 2014 01:00 pm

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Cylindropuntia prolifera

Berkeley cactus garden.

Photography10 Jul 2014 10:28 am

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Echeveria “Rosy Ghost”
 
Hybrid
 
We found this growing in a flat of E. subsessilis, and believe it is a new hybrid. Should grow to 6″ rosettes. Rosy edges in full sun, bluish-white leaves.
 
Hardy to 25F? 
  
Full Sun
 
Cactus Soil
 
Low Water

Questions&Reader Photos09 Jul 2014 10:08 am

Hello!

Love your website, can hardly wait to come into store!

We are trying to figure out what the plants are called surrounding the trees in the attached picture!

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Do you carry these plants?

Thanks a lot,

Danielle

Danielle,

Those are Agave “Blue Glow” and we do carry them and have them in stock in a number of sizes!

Peter

Misc09 Jul 2014 07:28 am

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Aloe bakeri
 
Small, shrubby, spidery arms, shade tolerant
 
  Hardy to 40F 
  
  Full Sun to Part Shade
 
  Cactus Soil
 
  Low Water

Carnivorous Plants&Nursery08 Jul 2014 03:40 pm

sarracenia flava and western chorus frog

Photo by the estimable Anne Smith of the Carnivore Jungle.

Western chorus frog on a Sarracenia flava hybrid in the carnivore greenhouse!

Clicken to Embiggen

Bamboo&Berkeley Gardens07 Jul 2014 04:28 pm

Available in Berkeley!

Hello,
My husband built two handsome and modern bamboo planters to stage our yard when we put our Berkeley home on the market. They do not work in our new yard so we are selling them and wondered if you or anyone you know might be interested in buying them? The pots have never been used, other than for staging, and are:

  • Handcrafted from Redwood that was sealed for exterior usage.
  • Built with weather resistant, galvanized metal
  • Designed for self-watering
  • Lined with Pond Liner
  • Built for bamboo but can also be used to plant vegetables, flowers or other plants
  • Larger pot is: 115″ x 31 1/2″; 31 1/2 ” high
  • Smaller pot is: 62″ x 31 1/2

Please see a photo attached.

bamboo planter

Thank you!

Kellie

We don’t know anyone for those, but maybe you do our there in blog-landia. Let us know if you do!

Whippets04 Jul 2014 08:28 am

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Photography&Plants03 Jul 2014 11:25 am

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Buddleia davidii “Buzz Sky Blue”
Dwarf Butterfly Bush
 
Asian Hybrid
Semi-Evergreen Perennial

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water: Moderate
Size: 2 to 3ft.

Beautiful compact plant only 24″ tall in container. Stunning purplish-blue inflorescence. Great for patios and smaller gardens. Hardy to below 0F.

Berkeley Gardens&Berkeley Succulents&Cactus03 Jul 2014 08:28 am

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4th Street, Berkeley

Aloe nobilis blooms and a Nopalea cochenilifera too!

This is actually in our front bed at the store. Nice!

Reader Photos02 Jul 2014 10:20 am

Carole sends along a birds nest for cactus.

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Wise use of a cactus. cg

Nice!

Cactus&Questions30 Jun 2014 06:54 am

From the Cactus Jungle Facebook Page comes a Cactus Question:

Question: Echinopsis hybrid. My friend brought him to Florida. Any idea what the brown growth is all about?

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Barbra Ann

Barbra Ann,

Nice flowers! The cactus is an Echinopsis eyriesii – Easter Lily Cactus. It’s called “barking” and the cactus is forming bark at the base of the plant with age.

Peter

Questions28 Jun 2014 09:26 am

Hi,

I was looking at your very helpful blog and was wondering if you had any insight to the below. My cactus recently had a bit of scale and once I removed it with a tooth brush it began to discolor with brown/black spots. I’m not sure if this is caused by the scale or if it is rotting and what my next steps should be. I bought some organic neem oil and treated it on Saturday evening but wanted to see with you if you think this is the right approach or what you would recommend. (I have attached a photograph for your reference) do you think there is any possibility this cactus could live?

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Additionally I have another cactus potted in the same pot which appears to be healthy but I wanted to see if you think it is ok to leave it or if I should repot the ‘sick’ one.

I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance for your help!

Olivia

Olivia,

I can’t tell what is going on from the photo. That wouldn’t have been caused by the scale. Generally we don’t recommend using a toothbrush since the bristles can be too firm – a soft paintbrush dipped in alcohol is sufficient to remove scale. It is possible that the skin of the Cereus was damaged and now has a fungus or other rot-related issues, but I can’t be sure. Neem wouldn’t have caused it unless you sprayed in direct sun, but it would help with any fungal issues. Or it can also be something entirely unrelated to the scale removal.

I would definitely separate the two plants, clear off all the soil from the clean one’s roots, and plant in a new pot with fresh cactus soil. If you live near Berkeley you could bring it in and we can help you with that.

Peter

Questions&Reader Photos27 Jun 2014 08:12 am

Hello Peter,
I was wondering if you could help me take care of my plants and maybe give me some advice! So as you can see I love plants, especially cacti and perennial plants. In every picture you can see that the soil is wet because I just watered them all today. Can you tell me how often each one needs to be watered?

I would also like to know whether they should be outdoors or not? I have a garden where I could put them but I would rather have them with me in my room. I recently put 6 and 7 outside but I am worried about that ‘burnt look’ they have going on now… Maybe the transition was a little too abrupt since they used to be inside. I never changed the soils, could you tell me if I should and how to?

Can you also tell me if they look healthy or if one of them needs special care? For the ones that stay in my room, I try to let as much sunshine in as I can, but I think maybe they would like to be outside. Also some parts of 7 died and I don’t know what to do with the remaining parts, does it mean that the whole cactus is going to die too?

I don’t know that much about cacti but I love them and would hate for them to die, so please help me! I’ve had the euphorbia 5 for a few years, I keep it inside the house and it looks really happy to me, it has grown a lot! Most of the others are new and I can’t tell if they have grown or not.

I live in Paris and it is rather hot and sunny during the summer and spring, but it can get really cold in the winter.

Also, if you know their names I would love to learn! THANK YOU so much, I LOVE your blog, I really hope you get a chance to reply and maybe help me.

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Albertine

Albertine,

When you bring plants outside they need to be “hardened off” to the sun, which means bringing them slowly out into sunshine over the course of a week or longer, or they will get a sunburn.

All plants can be grown outside, it just depends on your local climate. Here in Berkeley or San Francisco we can grow those outside, but I am not sure in Paris. There is a cactus shop there that might know better for your particular locale.

The plants that I know are:

1. Euphorbia ferox

2. Don’t know

3. Opuntia microdasys

4. Ferocactus, too young to know the species

5. Euphorbia – could be trigona

6 and 7. Mammillaria

Generally you can water them every 2 to 3 weeks, but they look like they’re not getting a lot of sun, so maybe every 3 weeks is best.

Peter

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