Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Weekend03 Dec 2012 11:18 pm

Thai Hybrid Adeniums are all the latest rage in Thailand and Japan.

And now they’re celebrating!

Personally I find these fluffy flowers on a desert plant to be unpleasant.

(via PATSP)

Questions03 Dec 2012 04:57 pm

Hi there,

My boyfriend bought a really nice plant for me from your store and apparently he mentioned that I have some succulent questions and someone there said I should just email you. So here goes!

I bought these succulent clippings for a wedding in June. After the wedding I put them on a tray with paper towel underneath and just soaked the paper towel occasionally. They seemed to be doing fine but haven’t really grown any serious roots.

I tried to put them in dirt (as you can see) but the don’t seem to be doing as well now (maybe because the dirt absorbs the water before the succulent can get to it?).

Anyway, can you advise me on how to turn a succulent clipping into a free-standing plant? Thank you!

Best, Megan


It sounds like you are doing fine with them. It can take a few months, especially in winter, for those succulents to develop good roots. The plants should be fine in the meantime. Water every 2 weeks or less during the winter, more in the summer.

In general the best way to root cuttings is to let the cut end dry and heal over, then put them straight into dry cactus soil (we sell our own cutom blend). Don’t water for a week, and then start watering regularly same as if they had roots.

The plants do look like they might not be getting enough sun. I can’t tell if that was from before the cuttings were taken, or if it’s because they’re on the floor below where the sun gets to. But I would make sure they’re getting 3-4 hours of direct sun every day.

Good luck!


California Native Plants03 Dec 2012 11:02 am

Fremontodendron “California Glory”

California hybrid
Evergreen shrub

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water: Summer-drought
Size: 15ft. to 20ft. max.

Unbelievable spray of yellow flowers in Spring. Rounded shrub with dark green lobed leaves. Saucer-shaped buttercup yellow blooms. Will espalier well. Hardy to 20F.

These do seem to bloom not just in spring, but throughout the year as I’ve blogged these Fremontodendrons in spring and Fall and now winter. I think the spring bloom is more extensive.

Plants03 Dec 2012 08:13 am

Echeveria “Baron Bold” are a highly carunculate hybrid. These are not naturally occuring cultivars, these are hand crafted hybrids. This one is from the prolific Dick Wright who worked in Southern California, in Fallbrook where the weather is really quite perfect for such a thing. If I had a bigger cactus nursery it would have to be down near there.

Echeveria “Christmas” is a E. agavoides hybrid. It actually looks pretty much identical to the Echeveria “Beauty” we’ve been growing. I wonder if our original stock of this plant was mislabeled and we’re selling more Echeveria “Beautys”?

Finally we have Echeveria “Blue Cloud”, our latest blue hybrid small Echeveria that is really what these small succulents are really all about. Some people like them the caruncled leaves but here we have a perfect little specimen. These small blue plants are very popular in Japan and Korea, so here’s the name in Japanese or Korean, I really don’t know. ‘블루 클라우드’ Actually, I do know it’s Korean.