Berkeley Succulents29 Apr 2015 08:04 am

La Vereda

La Vereda, Berkeley

Airplants26 Apr 2015 08:34 am


Tillandsia juncea in a slightly artsy pose. With blooms!

Berkeley Gardens&Cactus25 Apr 2015 08:55 am


Berkeley cactus garden, Ferocactus stainesii

Bay Area Succulents&Nursery24 Apr 2015 01:59 pm


New concrete succulent pots available at the Cactus Jungle!


Hand-crafted locally by Brian, SukkulentsBYB.


And here is where we pot them up with our very own adorable succulents.

Whippets24 Apr 2015 06:57 am


Art&Reader Photos23 Apr 2015 02:22 pm


Evelyn G. shared her cactus art with us from her instagram. She wants a cactus that will stay short, have big arms, no spines, and lots of blooms. Nice!

Berkeley Succulents&How-to&Reader Photos22 Apr 2015 09:08 am


Nadia sends along a photo of her beautiful succulent wall panel she made at our Cactus Jungle wall panel class this weekend.


More classes coming up? Yes!

Bay Area Succulents&Photography21 Apr 2015 07:49 am


Aloe speciosa,  San Leandro

Questions&Reader Photos&Science19 Apr 2015 06:51 am

A house on my street has these mounds of aloes. Not too attractive as far as it’s design, but something very cool popped up out of it.

Aloe nobilis mutation

Is this how variegated versions of plants are made? By mutation?

I’m considering asking to buy this lil special guy and try to see if I keep it healthy it will put out pups. Have you ever seen one like this? Cuz I never have.



It does look like an albino variegation mutation on that Aloe nobilis. In full sun and low water it will likely fail long term, so indeed try to bargain for it. That type of mutation is usually better grown where they get afternoon shade and a bit more care since they lack so much chlorophyll they are a bit “sickly”, but look pretty good with the right care.

Good luck and if you get it and grow it out and want to share a pup in a few years let me know!

Take care,


Whippets17 Apr 2015 06:40 am


Berkeley Succulents16 Apr 2015 09:30 am

La Vereda

La Vereda Road, Berkeley

Aloe striata hybrid in full hummingbird-loving bloom.


Cactus15 Apr 2015 09:52 am


Parodia magnifica
Ball Cactus

Brazil; 6″dia. with many offsets, keep dry in winter

Hardy to 25F

News15 Apr 2015 07:01 am

Hilltop Steakhouse is gone for good, but the cactus remains!


Whither Hilltop Steakhouse? Closed since 2013, the landmark restaurant on Route 1 in Saugus is about to be demolished. That’s the bad news, at least for lovers of its marbled beef and baked potatoes. The good news is that the giant cactus that greeted patrons is staying put. The developer “recognizes that the cactus is such an iconic item that he couldn’t do any better than to reuse it”….

The Hilltop was opened in 1961 by Frank Giuffrida, a butcher whose name is emblazoned on the 68-foot tall, 45-foot wide cactus. That won’t remain, apparently. We’re told the developer plans to retrofit the Route 1 icon with LED lights and replace the name.

It’s a Boston thing.

Berkeley Gardens&Cactus14 Apr 2015 12:46 pm


53rd Street, Emeryville

Echinopsis pachanoi

Chevy Truck


Questions&Whippets12 Apr 2015 07:22 pm

I bought this cactus many years ago for a dollar 99 and there were 4 inches of it straight up. I’ve kept it usually just back in the corner not really paying attention to it and probably in the same dirt it was in for 12, 13, 14, years.



Cannot get pictures not when it was real tiny but when I was about 3 feet high and then I’ve got pictures of a more currently when I transplanted it in cactus soil and a larger pot (it was root bound). And it has grown Beyond belief shooting out things everywhere my question is I don’t know if I planted it in enough cactus soil with enough depth. There is a bout 10 to 12 inches of soil hello pot that is probably 2 feet around tapering down to a foot around. And I don’t know how to describe how far Down the plant goes.

The question is how deeper the roots go on something like this finished just one stock coming out of the center from the center supporting all these things and I will attach photos. I look forward to some answers and maybe even what kind of cactuses if it should be repotted again. It sits in the large picture window so it’s getting good sun. I live in Minnesota supported out during the summer would just open it up to bugs that.



Your plant is a Euphorbia. They are a great indoor houseplant. They can be underpotted for years, as you know, and then given some new fresh soil and some water they will grow like crazy! Water less for slower growth. We water no more than once per month. If you pot it up to a larger pot now it will keep getting bigger. However in the ground this is a full size tree, so it’s OK to not repot it for a few more years. ),_crop.jpg


Thanks you so much! Yay… Do you have cats at home?
DuckyWorld Products Inc.
Minneapolis, MN

No cats, dogs!


News11 Apr 2015 09:04 am


Each year, (a) mature cactus can produce 10-20 offsets….

“You can harvest the babies off the larger cacti every year.”…

Last year they had about 1,500. They now have almost 5,000 cacti growing at Tilllsonburg Garden Gate.

“This year I have to pull off 50,000 cacti… with my hands.”…

“Once we have 50,000, then we’ll be able to expand sales,” said Dawson…. “Next year, 50,000 x 10, we could have half a million cacti.”…

“It’s a specialty market.”

That’ll be a lot of cactus soon enough! I wonder if they’ll be trying to sell them to us in California too? It’s a bigger market for cactus than Toronto…

How-to10 Apr 2015 04:39 pm

Do you have a free Saturday coming up? Are you going to be in Escondido (San Diego County)? Do you have old shoes?


If you answered yes to ALL THREE of those questions, and not just one or two, then head on over to Waterwise for the Succulent Shoe Workshop!

Art&Cactus09 Apr 2015 08:20 am

Veronica Richterova, cactus made from plastic bottles

A photo posted by Todd Oldham (@toddoldham) on

If you can’t see the picture, click the link below the picture and it will take you to the Instagrams.

News08 Apr 2015 05:08 pm


Cactus Jungle

Berkeley Gardens&California Native Plants07 Apr 2015 03:10 pm

Mimulus Georgie Orange

Mimulus “Georgie Tangerine” on 4th Street in Berkeley

I can’t actually confirm the ID of the cultivar, but I’m pretty sure. Embiggen the photo if you want to look a bit closer yourself and let me know what you think. Maybe it’s M. “Curious Orange”?

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