August 2012


Plants31 Aug 2012 02:27 pm

Agave filifera

We’ve been growing these and selling these for years. We got a large clump for parent stock in about 8 years ago and have had them ever since. And yet I’ve never photographed one for the website or the blog. So here you go – a photo. For you!

The plant itself is only a 4″ size. We do have bigger ones as well. They will get about 2 feet across, but then they will clump and the clump can get a bunch bigger than that.

They are called Threadleaf, and filifera (meaning thread-leaf) because they have all those threads along the leaf margins. Some would say they are “filiferous“. Indeed!

Whippets31 Aug 2012 10:47 am

Videos - Instructional31 Aug 2012 10:08 am

Finally, Candace shows you how to drill all kinds of ceramics.

Questions31 Aug 2012 07:13 am

Could you tell me what kind of cactus this is we are clueless and would love an answer.

Thank you for your time. Love your BLOG!
rooboy

It’s a Cereus, possibly a Cereus hildmannianus or one of its sub-varieties. It could also be a seed grown Cereus peruviana that has grown elongated from low light and will shift from juvenile growth to adult eventually.
Peter

Questions30 Aug 2012 10:25 am

Hello! Im having some difficulty with one of my euphorbias and my friend, Akos Kokai, suggested that I email you. My devil’s backbone has been growing this layer of powdery white dust for some time now. At first, it was very little and I thought it might be natural to the plant. But now it’s proliferating and killing off the leaves. Do you know what it might be? I’ve isolated the plant and have tried neem oil and alcohol treatments, but it keeps growing back.

Thank you!
Diana

Diana,
It’s powdery mildew, a fungus. It’s pretty easy to cure, and we have some organic fungus treatments that work well, but these plants are definitely prone to it. We can recommend either of two products we carry: Safergro Mildew Cure or EcoSmart Garden Fungicide.

I recommend using one of these at the first sign of trouble. The Pedilanthus will do better with better air circulation and probably less water.
Peter

Nursery30 Aug 2012 09:30 am

The San Pedros are some of the last cacti to bloom every year at the nursery. The show has just begun!

Echinopsis pachanoi

And then there were bees.

The bee has landed.

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Botanic Gardens29 Aug 2012 06:54 am

Turbinicarpus pseudopectinatus

These are generally solitary, from Mexico, and this one specimen from the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden’s Arid Collection is about the tallest you will ever see them, at about 2″ tall.

Blogs27 Aug 2012 03:32 pm

An Epiphyllum, recently from a cutting, blooms in Iowa, according to Plants are the Strangest People.

Lots of blooming photos from all angles!

Carnivorous Plants27 Aug 2012 09:46 am

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Dionaea muscipula has caught a big juicy fly.

Plants27 Aug 2012 09:10 am

Lotus maculatus ‘Amazon Sunset’

Last year’s Lotus, Lotus “Gold Flash”, started blooming by July but this year’s Lotus has taken until late August to get started with the blooming and such.

It’s a very similar flower to the other, but more red. Everybody loves it when a flower is more red.

Botanic Gardens&California Native Plants26 Aug 2012 12:00 pm

Botanic Gardens&Carnivorous Plants26 Aug 2012 10:07 am

The UC Botanical Garden has a lot of Pitcher Plants in their collection. Here we see an entire display of just Sarracenias.

Nice!

Nursery25 Aug 2012 12:17 pm

Today we see one of the flying carnivorous dinosaurs has landed on a Senecio anteuphorbium, so you know it has good taste, perching on this succulent while searching for small prey below.

Plants&Science25 Aug 2012 07:47 am

Urginea maritima in very full bloom. You can see there are lots and lots of reasons for the bees to get excited.

I wonder what the bulb below really looks like? It’s hard to get the bulb and the blooms in the same photo.

Bulb photo.

Gee, how tall is that bloom stalk?

Really tall. So tall that I have to stand pretty far back to get both the bulb and the blooms in the photo.

And if you were wondering what the Botanical Games are, join me after the break… (more…)

Whippets24 Aug 2012 11:46 am

Reader Photos24 Aug 2012 10:33 am

John F. sends along a nighttime photo of his night blooming Cereus in full bloom.

Nice!

Nice Dudleya, too.

Photography&Plants24 Aug 2012 07:31 am

Euphorbia geroldii has quite the large red bracts surrounding the cyathia.

Don’t you just love it when I use botanical words? Here’s some more info on the Cyathium of Euphorbias. Enjoy.

Nursery23 Aug 2012 12:09 pm

I seem to have a thing for toys at the store. We seem to have more toys at the store every day. Dinosaurs seem to be a good fit for the store since you can put them in your pots around the garden and they’re cute! Even though the dinosaurs we have at the store are all carnivorous dinosaurs. I wonder if the carnivorous plants would do well with a carnivorous dinosaur in the pot?

Nah.

Botanic Gardens23 Aug 2012 10:03 am

This Boophone haemanthoides is at the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden, and is bloomed out at this time.

Boophone haemanthoides is found mainly in the west coastal areas of the Western Cape of South Africa, but extends to the Bokkeveld Plateau. These are areas with winter rainfall. It grows in sand or dolerite outcrops on coastal flats or upland slopes. Summers are hot and dry. The bulbs are really large and produce flowers in midsummer with leaves in autumn. This species has varied colors in the flowers, mostly pink to a creamy white.

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