January 2012

News23 Jan 2012 04:18 pm

Another article about Don Campbell! With video! From KJCT TV News Watch Eye Over Colorado.

Don Campbell founded the Chinle Cactus & Succulent Society on the Western Slope.

Now he’s been presented with the very first Mary Ann Heacock lifetime achievement award by the Colorado Cactus & Succulent Society for his contributions.

Now that is Awesome. And what about the promised video? You’ll have to click through the link to view it, and see Mr. Campbell Live on TV because they won’t let me embed their videos. Stupid KJCT TV News Watch Eye Over Colorado.

Misc23 Jan 2012 01:11 pm

This time it’s from Edmonton, Canada. Can it be considered local if it’s from the frozen tundra of Western Canada? Sure!

Question: This year I am planning on creating living plant gifts for birthdays and special occasions. Specifically, I want to make cactus bowls and I was hoping you could give me some advice on how I could do this. Thank you for all your great advice.

Answer: Cactus planters are easy to make and even easier to maintain, perfect for those of you with a brown thumb. All you need is a dish or bowl large enough to hold some soil, a layer of pebbles and cacti….

Some cacti for you to consider for your garden:

– Bunny ears cactus

– Prickly pear cactus

– Rose pincushion

Aloe bellatula

Echinopsis oxygona

Interesting list there. Some generic opuntia options, and then a couple very specific species. I wonder why this particular Aloe? And that particular Echinopsis? Has the writer been trading in cactus futures?

Quotes23 Jan 2012 10:07 am

According to the garden writer in Appleton, Wisconsin the succulent trend has reached home.

One of the most popular trends in wedding arrangements is the use of succulents.
Garden Talk with Rob Zimmer

OK, go to it, all you cheeseheads.

News23 Jan 2012 08:06 am

I think my winter slowdown is coming to an end. Maybe. For now. We’ll see. I guess I shouldn’t make any promises. Here, have some local news.

All around the country local communities have individuals who are the go-to people for cactus and succulents. They also make good subjects for the local newspaper, as long as the local newspaper still survives, which it still does in Grand Junction, CO.

Don Campbell among the many cacti he has grown at his house in Grand Junction.
Photo by Dean Humphrey

That is a very attractive looking collection. I’ll bet Mr. Campbell has lots of knowledge to share with you if you join the Grand Junction Cactus and Succulent Society and go to their monthly meetings too.

Nursery20 Jan 2012 01:16 pm


I see the new mini’s are in and we now apparently carry purple dragons. Good to know.

Questions20 Jan 2012 11:57 am


My fiance and I bought a jade tree from you (which we love!). However, this morning, we noticed what looks to be an infestation of aphids(?) all over the leaves (I’ve attached a picture). Can you suggest what type of pet-safe spray we might use or what might be the best way to safely get rid of them?

Thanks in advance,

That is a lot of aphids. I would check for ants, as the plant is in bloom and ants bring aphids to crassula blooms to farm them.

We carry a pet-safe organic insecticide called Eco Smart we can recommend for the aphids, and if you find that ants have moved into the pot or nearby, we also have an Eco Smart ant product too.

Hi Peter,

Ooooh, you’re good! We recently found a nest of ants in another plant which (we thought) we’d cleaned out in time, but alas, apparently not. Clever little buggers…

We’ll try to stop in tomorrow afternoon for the Eco Smart.

Thank you so much!

Whippets20 Jan 2012 01:15 am


Questions18 Jan 2012 07:21 am

I bought a Jatropha Interrigima from you last year and love it! It’s been quite healthy and happy, until I went away for Christmas. Could you please look at the attached info and let me know if there is anything I can do to help it recover?

Thank you!

While this kind of defoliation can be caused by the pest, Spider Mites, there would be tiny webs and near microscopic vampire spiders on the underside of the leaves… but if you don’t see any sign of that, it looks like the combination of temperature, light and perhaps water change sent it in to a winter leaf drop and dormancy. As long as there is new leaves developing it should come out of it as spring brings more light and warmth. Just don’t over water trying to perk it up, let it dry out and keep it on the schedule that it was happiest with you. The other thing to look at is now that it is winter is it getting blasted with forced air heating? That can really shock a plant when it gets turned on for the winter. The low strength fertilizer should help give it another dose in mid March.
Let me know if it isn’t responding and you can bring it by for us to take a closer look.
Take care,
News17 Jan 2012 08:04 am

Aeonium “Sunburst”

We had a bit of a freeze last night. In fact, it’s still below freezing as the morning wakes up here at my house. You may be losing some leaves on these Aeoniums if you didn’t cover them, but then it depends on where you are in the Bay Area. In Berkeley and Oakland the  low temperature ranged last night between 29 and 34. In Orinda it dropped to 25. In SF it stayed above 35.

Misc16 Jan 2012 03:01 pm


I hope you’re enjoying your holiday.

California Native Plants16 Jan 2012 02:01 pm

This is why everyone likes the Ribes.

Ribes sanguineum

Nursery16 Jan 2012 11:57 am


We now have our 2nd organic seed vendor. Seeds of Change have a good program going and nice heirloom varieties too, so it’s a nice complement to all the organic varieties we get from Botanical Interests.

Nursery15 Jan 2012 10:13 am

We’ve had Godzilla out for a few months now, and thru the holidays, but no sale. Maybe I should take him home.


My garden may be too small. Maybe in the turtle pond? Would he scare the turtles?

Questions15 Jan 2012 07:24 am

Anyway to save this Echeveria?? Is that even what it is?..

Had this for 3 years now and would hate to see it die.
Could it be cut and repotted above the weak stem area?.. Looks like it is still getting water from the stem though.. I also noticed that it has root like protrusions coming off it.
Any help would be great.



It’s hard to tell right now, but it is probably an Echeveria.

The base of the plant is not really saveable but the small rosette at the end of the stem can be rescued. Trim the stem about 1-2″ below the leaves, making sure there is no rot in the portion of the stem you are keeping. If you see rot, keep cutting higher up until there is not rot visible. Spray the cut end with hydrogen peroxide to help it heal. Let it dry for 2-3 days, and then plant it in a new pot with fresh cactus soil, keeping it dry for at least another week. I would recommend throwing out the existing pot and soil. If you want to reuse the pot clean it with bleach first.

Good luck,


Plants14 Jan 2012 02:06 pm


Weird bloom coming in the middle of winter on the Espostoa lanata.


Berkeley Gardens13 Jan 2012 11:53 am


Whippets13 Jan 2012 11:03 am

Whippets13 Jan 2012 09:09 am


Dani sends along proof of Amica’s interest in learning how to drive.

Science12 Jan 2012 07:15 am

From the Catalog of Botanical Illustrations

Plate Number: 253
Vriesea erythrodactylon
Publication: The Bromeliads, 1969.

Remarks: The painting was displayed in the traveling exhibit: “Margaret Mee: Return to the Amazon” (1/16/96 – 8/20/99). The painting is matted in 30″ x 39″ matt and is on loan to Eva Pell, Under Secretary for Science, Smithsonian Institution and is in Room 325, Smithsonian Castle. Loan is through Richard Stamm, Curator, SI Castle Collections (11/19/10).

(Bromeliaceae) Collection: , Brazil, Caraguataluba; flowering plant.
Artist: Mee, Margaret – Date unknown – gouache

© Smithsonian Institution, Department of Botany

Berkeley Succulents11 Jan 2012 11:42 am


The Echeveria “Flying Cloud” has interesting compound racemes for an inflorescence.

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