Bringing over the cactus for the new San Anselmo store!
Hi there, just want to share a sight from a walk yesterday. This is one of those free little libraries, but with an awesome roof composed entirely of succulents, on both sides. It’s off Colusa in North Berkeley.
Pretty neat, eh?
Cactus Jungle comes to San Anselmo
Cactus Jungle, based in Berkeley, is branching out with a store on the former Sunnyside Nursery site in San Anselmo.
By PJ Bremier, Marin Independent Journal
In San Anselmo, it’s a new nursery for the New Year. That’s the good news for Ross Valley gardeners as Cactus Jungle is moving into the vacant former Sunnyside Nursery location in San Anselmo.
Sunnyside, which operated from 1940 to 2015, was a local favorite known for its good selection of plants, helpful staff with deep knowledge of plants and its own Marin growing grounds. Then Armstrong Garden Centers opened there, but closed this summer.
That makes Cactus Jungle, based in Berkeley, only the third nursery there in more than 75 years…
Click through to read the rest. Find out when we’re opening! Find out what we’re planning!
I bought a 5 gallon of this beauty (Leucadendron “Wilson’s Wonder”) and this is it 3 years later. It’s gorgeous!
While the store is closed for winter break (we reopen Jan 2!) the Jason had the week off.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Cactus Jungle is OPEN til 6:00pm Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday! (Dec 22-24)
Christmas eve, too? Yes!
According to Earther.com:
We’ll All Be Eating Cactus in the Future Thanks to Climate Change
by Katie Valentine
…the prickly pear cactus, a humble plant that, according to a new book co-published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, can serve as a lifesaving crop for many countries…
“It’s actually a fairly amazing crop that can grow in most dry areas of the world,” Makiko Taguchi, a cactus expert at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, told Earther. “And the dry areas of the world are expanding in some places.”
Oh, and it’s delicious!
coarse salt as needed
2 fluid ounces tequila
2 fluid ounces sweet and sour mix
1 fluid ounce triple sec
1 fluid ounce lime juice
1 fluid ounce prickly pear syrup
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hey there…. i was wonder if you could help me with my cactus…. we had mealie mites and i used a insecticidal soap. then this started to happened and fast. could it be corking? i don’t think its root rot. i dealt with that before. is there something we can do to save it?
thank you for any help you can provide!!!
It looks to me like you have 2 plants with the same problem. After the infestation, which the soap didn’t fix, the plants would have been susceptible to infection.
I would recommend getting the 3 of them out of that soil, and repotting the 1 healthy one on its own. You can take tip cuttings of the other 2 if you can cut above the infection. When you cut, if the flesh is clean and white then you can let it callous over for a week before planting. Since it’s winter I recommend Sulfur Dust on the cut end to help prevent fungus. If the cut end is not clean then keep cutting upward til you get to clean flesh, or if the infection is all the way through the plant then it is not saveable.
Are you wondering why no nobody in New York has offered a holiday cupcake party with a cactus and succulent theme? Cupcake Decorating Workshop by The Sill has you covered, if you are available and in New York next Tuesday only. Nice!
I wonder if they teach you how to make delicious cupcakes, or just how to decorate any old cupcake.
You will learn how to decorate cupcakes like a pro.
OK! No good cupcakes, only decorative frostings. I mean, I assume they don’t prevent you from using delicious cupcakes, but it’s hard to say for sure.
And what if you’re a beginner….
This class will be good for beginners who want to explore their interest, and for semi-professionals who want to develop new skills in buttercream design.
Aloe arborescens in full bloom
7th St., Berkeley
Oh, those winter blooming South African Aloes! They do come and bloom at an auspicious time of the year.
Austrocylindropuntia subulata fa. monstrose is the Christmas Tree Cactus.
That’s an Echeveria “Blue Dude” right there! It’s an older style hybrid, so you know it’s back in fashion now. Hurry before it cycles back out.
Succulent Wreaths, now at your local friendly Cactus Jungle, Berkeley
Those are some very small, tiny, Crassula perforata flowers. So small that in person they just look like dead flowers. But no, up close they are alive. ALIVE!
Consolea rubescens is the flat cactus known as the Road Kill Cactus
Because it’s flat!
😍 👏 🐝 🦋
Aloe ferox at the Cactus Jungle on a sunny day.
It’s all good.
Common Name: Cape Aloe
Single large toothy rosette on tall stalk, outdoor up to 8ft.
Hardy to 20-25F
Full Sun to Part Sun
Aeonium “Schwartzkopf” is a classic, selling well at the nursery every year, forever. It is beautiful, it is tall and lanky, it is a large rosette this time of year as winter moves in. Nice!
What’s the best succulent for a Saturday morning? Some might say a Euphorbia anoplia is appropriate for a Saturday morning.
Common Name: Dwarf Red Carpet
Origin: South Africa
C. radicans “Chiquito”
Spreading groundcover to 6″ high, small ½” paired leaves turn red in sun; tiny yellow flowers
Common Name: Cardón
Origin: Baja California
Description: Tall and spiny to 40ft. with 2ft. trunk, slow growing. Edible fruit, medicinal stems.
Temperature: Hardy to 25F
We recently delivered a giant 9ft tall Euphorbia “Ammak” down all the way to Los Altos. At least we thought it was giant. It sure looked giant in our store greenhouse!
But as you can see it is the small Euphorbia there! They’ve been growing them for many years and the new one looks tiny! Nice.
Amazing little flower, but look there’s 8 more buds too!
The plant itself is all hanging bare stems. Practically a “stick plant” I’d you ask me.
I got this guy from you a couple months ago. I’m worried it has developed a fungus. What do you think those dots are?
That is Scale, a small hard-shelled insect that sucks the juices out of cactus. We recommend spraying with natural pyrethrins. We sell Don’t Bug Me which will kill them on contact. They have a hard outer shell so you can clean them off with a spray of rubbing alcohol which will break down the shell, and then use a soft brush to wipe them off. Be careful not to scrape the cactus.
Heinz Street, Berkeley
A nicely blooming Yucca in the Aquatic Park Gardens with a beautiful red Leucadendron in front. Sweet!
Aeoniums in a rock planter, as seen in Berkeley
Ariocarpus fissuratus vibrantly blooming in autumn.
Common Name: Star Rock, Chaute
Origin: Big Bend, Texas; Mexico
Description: Slow-growing to 10″d; hairy center; summer blooms; keep dry in winter
Hardy to 25F
Extra Chunky Cactus Soil
Ceropegia sandersonii has giant umbrealla, or parachute-like flowers! Very unusual vining Stapeliad.
Common Name: Parachute Plant, Umbrella Flower
Origin: Mozambique, South Africa, and Swaziland
Description: Vining Stapeliad with massive unusual parachute-like flowers.
Hardy to 45F
Beautiful Ariocarpus retusus flowers!
Common Name: Living Rock Cactus, Seven Stars, Chaute
Description: Highly variable, possibly through hybridizing. Slow-growing to 10″d; hairy center; summer blooms. Keep dry in winter
Temperature: Hardy to 15F