Berkeley Succulents


Berkeley Succulents&Nursery18 Dec 2013 09:08 am

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At the Cactus Jungle!

Berkeley Succulents17 Dec 2013 09:50 am

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4th Street, Berkeley
Mixed Succulents in a resin trough.

Out front of the new Artis Coffee, just up the street from us.

You may ask, “Did Cactus Jungle pot this?” and we might answer, “Yes.”

Berkeley Succulents17 Dec 2013 07:40 am

Succulent Wall Panels

Succulent Wall Panels look pretty in the blazing red sunshine. (photo effects might apply)

Berkeley Succulents16 Dec 2013 01:12 pm

We have a lot of sunny succulents.

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Agaves!

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Aeoniums!

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Mammillaria!

Wow, that’s a sunny day indeed. I’m not complaining, mind you. I quite enjoy it.

Berkeley Succulents&Nursery10 Dec 2013 06:20 am

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Nicole has been busy making succulent terrariums for the holidays.

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Every single one gets a mini animal as well as a succulent.

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Nice! Anne says the chicken is  a snow chicken. I doubt it. It looks like a Rhode Island Red to me.

Berkeley Succulents&Plants09 Dec 2013 10:44 am

I see the winter growing South African Aloes are coming into season.

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Snake head bloom stalk on an Aloe speciosa, the Tilt-head Aloe that will get up to 10ft tall with a single tilted head.

Berkeley Succulents02 Dec 2013 11:04 am

Oregon Street Berkeley

Oregon Street, Berkeley

Prickly Pear, maybe Opuntia saxatilis, though it would be hard to know for sure until it blooms. Plus a bonus Aeonium “Schwartzkopf”.

Berkeley Succulents01 Dec 2013 11:03 am

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4th Street, Berkeley
Kniphofia in bloom

Berkeley Succulents&How-to18 Nov 2013 09:03 am

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Yesterday was a how to for succulent wall panels. Today we present Succulent Terrariums. But I can’t really explain all that well in words how to make them. You know, you plant some succulents in a piece of glass. Add some charcoal at the bottom, and some toys on top. Woohoo!

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And a big and fancy succulent terrarium, although it’s hard to tell from the photo how much bigger it is than the others above.

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If you look close, you can see a little dinosaur there, and you can compare it to the one in the top photo for size.

Berkeley Succulents&How-to&Succulent Wreaths17 Nov 2013 09:18 am

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It’s a closeup, a detail even, from one of our own custom Succulent Wall Panels. 

We make them! Right here in the Berkeley California workshop we call a Cactus Jungle.

How do we make them? Well we start with the finest of recycled wood boards and make a box! 4 sides and a back, with a wire mesh front. The material inside is green moss, i.e. sphagnum moss, with a backing of rock wool. That’s it! No soil, never no way.

So then you lay the completed box flat on a table and poke the moss with a pointy stick, or a pencil if you prefer, to generate a small hole that you can stick a succulent cutting into. Lots of succulent cuttings. Sedums, Crassulas and Sempervivums work well. An occasional Echeveria but not too many.

Make sure the cuttings are healed over by letting it dry for a few days before sticking it in the box. So this may be a multi-day process.

Then you let the box sit in a warm sunny location for 4-8 weeks until the cuttings have rooted into the boxes.

We also use greening pins to help hold the succulents in place, because we do have to transport the boxes to our greenhouse to root, and then back again, but you don’t need to use greening pins if you don’t want to. However, after the box is fully rooted and you want to hang it up on a wall, then you might want to check to see if any of the succulents have been less than fully rooted at that point at which time you may want to use some greening pins yourself to help keep the loose succulents from falling out.

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Berkeley Succulents16 Nov 2013 10:26 am

Winter growing Aeoniums are really starting to look fresh, especially in the California winter sunshine. And by winter I mean 55F.

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Aeonium “Ballerina” is very shade tolerant. The leaves are a bit sticky. Well,  maybe more than a bit.

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Aeonium “Whippet” is our own low growing cultivar. Fast to branch, it will grow 30″ tall. And very colorful right now too. That’s what it’s good for!

Berkeley Succulents&San Francisco&Succulent Wreaths10 Nov 2013 01:20 pm

Succulent Wreaths

The Succulent Wreaths look nice on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Berkeley Succulents23 Aug 2013 12:45 pm

Berkeley Succulents

Succulent Trough
Jones Street, Berkeley

It was a cloudy day so I amped up the colors a bit. Very colorful!

Berkeley Succulents28 Jul 2013 11:02 am

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at Sempervivum City, Berkeley CA

Berkeley Succulents12 Jul 2013 02:07 pm

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Evelyn Ave, Berkeley
Agave attenuata

Berkeley Succulents09 Jul 2013 10:56 am

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Evelyn Ave. Berkeley

Beautiful street cactus! You’d think car doors might damage it a bit, but you’d be wrong.

Berkeley Succulents08 Jul 2013 02:32 pm

10th street succulents berkeley

10th Street, Berkeley

Cotyledon in bloom, and an Aeonium

Berkeley Succulents05 Jul 2013 02:31 pm

grayson street succulents berkeley

Grayson Street, Berkeley

Aloe striata and an Aeonium

Berkeley Succulents02 Jul 2013 07:51 am

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Aeonium subplanum
8th Street, Berkeley

Here we see the traditional mixing of the succulents and the palm tree. It’s a Berkeley tradition!

Berkeley Succulents03 Jun 2013 09:05 am

We’re very excited to see that one of our large Yucca rostratas is in full bloom!

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This is not really the largest we have right now, but hopefully this means the single head at the top of this 3ft. tree will start to split and then maybe it will be a 2 head Yucca! Or even a 3 head Yucca? Maybe!

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