November 2012

California Native Plants30 Nov 2012 01:59 pm

This California Native Giant Chalk Dudleya is wet, but the rain stopped long enough for me to take the picture.


Dudleya brittonii

Whippets30 Nov 2012 07:58 am

Now this is a somewhat confusing picture. You may be wondering what exactly is going on. The whippets are in the office storage area on a cold day and the office is a mess, so somehow the 2 dog beds got moved out of the way and stacked on top of each other, 3 beds high, and Jason on the bottom doesn’t seem to mind Benjamin stacked on top of him.

Plants29 Nov 2012 10:43 am

Many of our Lithops are now in the process of splitting. These “Living Stones” sometimes split from 2 leaves to 2 leaves, and sometimes to 4 leaves. As you can see below, so I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, having scrolled down to see the pictures already.

You haven’t scrolled down yet? I’ll wait up here while you go ahead and scroll and take a look a the splits.

OK, now to the knowledge base. Lets see here… Oh yeah – I wanted to let you know not to water. When the Lithops are in the process of splitting you need to let them absorb the moisture from the old leaves into the new leaves. If you water then you risk the old leaves staying big and choking off the new leaves. Choking!

Now to the pictures.

This color really blends into our lava color.

Here we see some Lithops leaves BURSTING out.

There are 4 new leaves popping up from this one. However you can see that the smaller pair of new leaves are at risk of being choked off, so I will watch them as they grow and gently pull the old leaves back over time. Gently.

Nursery29 Nov 2012 09:23 am

On an Agave medio-picta “Alba”

Blogs28 Nov 2012 03:00 pm

Gardening Succs took a visit to our own Cactus Jungle and lots of pictures ensued.

Did they enjoy their visit?

Our verdict? This place is worth a trek–and we’ll certainly be back!

Blogs28 Nov 2012 12:23 pm

If this blog were a tumblr blog then all I would have to do is click the link to repost this item from the tumblr-o-sphere.

But no! I have a proper blog and all so I have to do a proper entry and calculate the settings and find the links and copy and paste and credit and so on, too.

And what is this really about? Christmas Cacti! Singing!

via CactGuy.

Also from CactGuy, this post linked from BatesNursery which was linked from Woseph of a mixed pot that Joseph planted up at the nursery. Things do seem to get around on the tumblr-nets.

California Native Plants28 Nov 2012 11:12 am

Datura discolor

Nice flowers. And it’s in the Solanum Family (Solanaceae) so you know the leaves are poisonous. Why is it called Thorn Apple? Because of this:

Nursery28 Nov 2012 09:19 am

Lotus “Amazon Sunset”

Here’s another picture of the lotus in a hanging basket.

California Native Plants27 Nov 2012 01:06 pm

Eriophyllum lanatum “Siskiyou”

These keep on blooming throughout the year, so I’ll keep on posting photos of the flowers of this California native perennial.

Here’s when it was in FULL Bloom a few months ago.


Botanic Gardens27 Nov 2012 11:23 am

This picture is from the UC Botanical Gardens.

Ladybugs are still swarming in several locations. This abundant swarm was photographed in an Agave by Ben Anderson yesterday. It’s in the Mesoamerican Area.

I don’t understand. How is this happening up the street from us? And why are they swarming the Agaves?

Nursery27 Nov 2012 10:15 am

We got in a new set of Dragons for the store – mostly for terrariumsbut also for the garden. I don’t like these as much as some of the other toys we’ve had, but whatever – here you go – some dragons in the garden.

with Plectranthus

Questions26 Nov 2012 12:24 pm


Mystery bug on pot with blooming Rebutia fiebrigii. Do you have any idea what it could be?

Plants26 Nov 2012 12:02 pm

I don’t know what species this Euphorbia is. It’s a lot like E. myrsinites, and yet not the same.


Plants26 Nov 2012 11:23 am

That’s a lot of Air Roots hanging down there.

Crassula radicans

Poetry26 Nov 2012 08:46 am

Well not so much a Tiger Orchid, but a tiger and an orchid.

The orchid is a Moth Orchid, i.e. Phalaenopsis. The tiger is a Bengal Tiger, i.e. Panthera tigris.

How-to25 Nov 2012 11:02 am

If you know how to crochet and just need some patterns for crocheting succulents, then this here is the find of the century.

Planet June is selling succulent patterns. So hurry up, get those patterns, and crochet yourself some christmas gifts ASAP! I wonder if you could use those as a tea cozy?

And don’t forget the crochet dinosaurs.

Cute! I know what I want you to crochet for me for christmas this year…

How-to25 Nov 2012 08:49 am

In San Francisco? Nobody told me! And we’re not hosting it? Unreal.

“Succulent” Terrarium / Utsuwa Floral Design
Utsuwa Floral Design
Friday, November 30, 2012 from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)
San Francisco, CA

Now that IS a quality terrarium. It turns out you don’t have to come to us at the Cactus Jungle for a quality terrarium. But tickets are limited.

Misc24 Nov 2012 11:46 am

If the Ellen Show can stoop to showing the public this stupid photo, so can we.

We don’t sell that type of succulent at the Cactus Jungle.

“As seen on TV.”

Nursery24 Nov 2012 09:22 am

Apparently today is Amex’s annual Small Business Saturday so you can get $25 back from Amex with qualifying purchases from small businesses.

We qualify as an Amex small business! So shop at the Cactus Jungle today and get $25 from Amex!

On Small Business Saturday, if you use your Amex card, Amex will give you a $25 credit on your statement if you buy an item costing $25 or more from a small business.  To get this credit, you have to pre-register at


Nursery23 Nov 2012 01:34 pm


An ironic use of a cast iron duck; among the hens and chicks at the nursery.

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