And a bonus mystery cactus flower!
It’s now time to talk about the drought. Mandatory reductions in water use are being implemented across the state, and are hitting hard in many communities in the Bay Area.
So here’s the thing – it’s time to reduce watering your plants, and the best way to do that is to replace your moderate and water-intensive plantings with drought-tolerant plants. Of course, pretty much everything we carry at Cactus Jungle is drought-tolerant, so we like to think we are a good resource for reducing your water use. But I want to be clear – you do have to water your cactus and succulents and natives and other drought tolerant perennials. Even if planted in the ground! Drought-tolerant, sure, but this is a record breaking drought! There is no residual moisture hanging out in your soils for the plants this summer. Please, a little water. Not too much, not too often, but once per week in the first year for new plantings and every 2-4 weeks for older plantings! When we get back to our regular wet winters, someday (it will happen!) then you can leave your succulents alone for months.
So what water should you be using? We’re using the bucket method at home – a bucket to hold the water in the shower as it’s heating up.
Here are some resources:
Watersmart Gardening in the East Bay, including Rebates
Big Bend Yucca
Tree to 12ft+, multiple heads, flexible leaves. Texas. Hardy to below 0F.
Page Street, Berkeley
Agave and Anigozanthos make for a nice drought-tolerant landscape. Colorful too!
People think that because cactus and succulents may come from a desert that they can handle the California drought. But it’s a record drought! Even desert plants need some water. For instance, the Joshua Trees…
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the California desert, Joshua tree seedlings are shriveling up and dying before they get the chance to put down strong roots, and ecologist Cameron Barrows wants the details.
The University of California, Riverside scientist knows that hot weather and lack of rainwater hurt the iconic species…
I have a couple of cactus that are in need of serious re-planting. And I want to make sure it gets done right.
I have included some pics. Looking for any advice on the best way to go about this.
Those are some impressive looking cactus! I assume you are not going to try to replant the whole clusters, but rather are asking about taking cuttings from the fallen branches. Generally we recommend take tip cuttings and about 2-3ft. in length. Use a serrated blade, like a bread knife. Take a clean cut at a slight angle. Spray the cut end with household Hydrogen Peroxide and then set it aside in a shady location for a week or two so that the cut end callouses over.
When you are ready to plant, if it’s in a pot use fast draining cactus soil. Plant it 4 to 6 inches deep into the soil and stake it up. Don’t water for another week or two. Then start regular watering (every 2-3 weeks in the Bay Area, more or less depending on where you live.)
It’s Cactus Jungle in the SF Chronicle. And by inside I mean on the front page. Nice!
Photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle
Laura Wehrley (left) looks for succulents at Cactus Jungle nursery in Berkeley, California, with assistant manager Jeremiah Harper (left back) showing plants on Monday, June 1, 2015.
California on Monday officially began its unprecedented push for water conservation in cities and towns, marching out orders for hundreds of communities across the state to make reductions of up to 36 percent.
The rest of the article is behind a pay wall, so if you are a subscriber you can read the whole thing! You know, some people even still get the newspaper delivered right to their front porch at home. Nice!
There have been a lot of new hybrid Salvias recently. The Desert series and the Dancing series, S. greggii and S. microphylla hybrids are nice.
This one is Salvia “Dancing Shadows”.
Large stem caudex with taproot; viney w/broad leaves.
Hardy to 40F
From Scientific American we get a Mexican Bromeliadt, only recently described!
Tillandsia religiosa, a solitary flowering plant with rose-colored spikes and flat green leaves, grows in rocky terrain in Morelos, Mexico. T. religiosa has long been known to native people of the region, who incorporated it into nacimientos (altar scenes depicting the birth of Christ) at Christmas. Yet scientists have only recently described it.
Photograph by A. Espejo
So many hardy alpine varieties!
Sempervivum “Rita Jane”
Sempervivum “Green Wheels” seen through a red filter.
Bloomberg News has.
…The designer’s intransigence put the Annenberg garden ahead of the emerging fashion for low-moisture, naturalistic landscaping on luxurious properties. Burnett embraced aloe, a spiky, flowering succulent that’s a favorite of hummingbirds, and he planted barrel cactus by the hundred….
Well that sounds expensive! But we’re here to help you out. We can plant barrel cactus for you by the singles. If you need hundreds we do have hundreds growing, but I suspect there aren’t a lot of you looking to replace your lawn with hundreds of barrel cactus for the drought. (but let us know if you are….)
Echeveria setosa v deminuta
Now appearing at Cactus Jungle!
Here’s a pic of a cactus I keep inside.
The dark green growth is shooting up from the variegated “ghost” , should I remove it and replant it? The white part isn’t showing new growth, I think the green is stealing the limelight.
Thx again, Karen
Wow – that is a very green sport from that Ghost Euphorbia. I kind of like it, but if you want it can definitely be cut off and replanted into another pot. If you’re stopping by here we can do it for you.
Stemless rosettes to 8″; variable often with red tips
Hardy to 20F
Full Sun to Part Sun
A nice window box of succulents on College Ave in Berkeley.
Sedum, Pelargonium and the popular Sempervivum tectorum greenii.
They’re not really muffins, they’re cupcakes. But I like the title Cactus Muffins better than Cactus Cupcakes.
Photo taken from Amy Sedaris’ instagram feed, for some reason, though I suspect she did not make these nor even photograph them. That’s my guess! I could be wrong!
Hello, you once posted a picture of a vine that looked like grass, but it is no longer in your photo data? I am trying to find it but can’t remember it’s name. Does this ring any bells? I thought part of the name had something like tweedia in it but not the tweedia with the blue flowers.
Jamie (in SF)
The one you are looking for is called Mormon Tea, Ephedra tweediana. I guess the Tweedy part is the memorable part of the name. Although ironically Ephedra is sometimes used for memory.
Whippet, Domo and Airplants
These gorgeous Echinopsis eyriesii may be hybrids, but the flower colors do vary naturally so it may be a natural variation.
Rikki is growing Golden Barrel Cactus out in the Santa Maria Valley
And here is the surrounding area in the Valley. Scenic!
Now that’s a classic.
Benjamin is the whippet. Robot by Lipson Robotics. Are you jealous?
Echeveria “David Harris” is big and ruffly.
Echeveria cante is big and chalky. And the photo is well washed out.
That’s a giant Orchid Cactus Flower.
Epiphyllum is a highly hybridized genus. Do we have any idea what the species of this is? No! Someone may choose to identify the variety by the flower, but we prefer to leave it up in the air. So to speak. Epiphytic Plant Joke! Hah!
It’s a species of cactus that comes from Central America generally. And most of the species we call Epiphyllum are more likely actually Disocactus hybrids. Or intergenic hybrids with other plants from the Hylocereeae Cactus Tribe. But this one I am absolutely positively sure is an Epiphyllum. Or not. I don’t know what those Botanists are thinking these days.
That’s a lot of fancy words for a flower this pretty. Enjoy!
is a slow-growing, xerophytic epiphyte… making an attractive, sculptural rosette, 3 feet or more in diameter and over 3 feet high in flower…. The leaf bracts are rosy red; the floral bracts are chartreuse; and the petals of the tubular flowers are red to purple and are very long lasting…
Oakland Succulent Gardens