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Aeonium Questions


I’m wondering why the succulents on this plant have gotten so small in size…the pant used to produce very large “blooms”….

Any idea?
Thank you
Brian

Brian,

What you have on the ends of each branch is a rosette, not a bloom – if they bloom they will form giant pyramids of small yellow flowers. It’s kind of surprising when it happens.

Anyway, the rosettes shrink up in summer because the Aeoniums are winter-growers from the Mediterranean with a climate very similar to ours – all winter rains. They should start getting bigger again in October.

Peter

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Agave ocahui


Agave ocahui are astonishing, with a very vigorous terminal spine just
hanging out there. That red on the tips is painted on. I used the latest
in plant paint technology to individually get right up close to the
most dangerous spines around and very delicately hand paint just the
spines with no drips at all anywhere. So vibrant! You can wipe that
color off if you like, it just takes a little spit polish. Or wait for
the rains and the paint is actually made from succulent fertilizer so it
will run off into the ground and provide a really great fertilizer for
you this coming winter! This is what I do for you.

But just this one
plant. Not any of the others. If you want this one painted agave ask for
it at the store, and hopefully nobody has already bought it. It’s in
the back, so you’ll have to ask. I only told Jeremiah and Kel where it
is so you’ll have to ask for them. They know.

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It’s a List Of Poisonous Plants for Dogs and Cats


I think this is the list of plants to avoid if your pets are plant-eaters.

Browse Rover’s list of poisonous plants below to learn which plants are toxic to dogs, cats, or both, along with whether they’re commonly found in the wild, in gardens, or in homes as houseplants. Pet Poison Helpline provided common symptoms to watch out for should your pet encounter one of these poisonous plants.

But wait! That’s not all! They have a short list of some fun plants that are safe!

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New Cactus Garden, Marin


We planted a new planter bed with a lot of really big cactus in Marin – we do have a store there now! I see a spectacular San Pedro and some gorgeous blooming grandiflora hybrids too. Nice!

And here is Cris!

And here the team is wearing Tyvek suits to prune the prickly pear. Glochids! They come prepared.

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String of Dolphins


Also known as Dolphins Necklace. It’s a cute little trailing succulent that is all the rage all of a sudden. First it was hot in Japan and now it is hot in the US too. I blame Instagram. We’ve posted it on instagram too, of course, because of course.

Senecio peregrinus
String of Dolphins
SW Africa

Fascinating little diving dolphin-shaped thick ovoid leaves leaping all over the long trailing stems. Rot-prone, keep dry. Bluish hue with more sun.
Characteristics:

Temperature: Hardy to 45F
Part Sun to Part Shade
Low Water

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Monkey Hand Tree


X Chiranthofremontia

Common Name: Monkey Hand Tree

Origin: California

Hybrid: Chiranthodendron pentadactylon X Fremontodendron “Pacific Sunset”

Large, broad, showy intergenic hybrid. If provided space in a garden, this centerpiece plant will be covered in golden flowers in spring. No water once established.
Characteristics:

Temperature: Hardy to 25°F

Sun: Full Sun

Water: Low; Summer Drought

Size: 15ft. to 20ft.

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Monkey Hand Tree


X Chiranthofremontia

Common Name: Monkey Hand Tree

Origin: California

Hybrid: Chiranthodendron pentadactylon X Fremontodendron “Pacific Sunset”

Large, broad, showy intergenic hybrid. If provided space in a garden, this centerpiece plant will be covered in golden flowers in spring. No water once established.
Characteristics:

Temperature: Hardy to 25°F

Sun: Full Sun

Water: Low; Summer Drought

Size: 15ft. to 20ft.

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Are Saguaros Slow Growing?


Yes, they are slow-growing. Here, let’s check in with the National; Park Service:

It can take 10 years for a saguaro cactus to reach 1 inch in height. By 70 years of age, a saguaro cactus can reach 6 and a half feet tall, and will finally start to produce their first flowers. By 95-100 years in age, a saguaro cactus can reach a height of 15-16 feet, and could start to produce its first arm.

NPS Photo. Saguaro Cactus can grow to heights of 45 feet

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Top Ten Lists


Are we one of the top ten Garden centers in the Bay Area ? You decide…

The Top Rated Garden Centers and Nurseries in the Bay Area

|April 12, 2019

Gardening in the Bay Area can be an intimidating endeavor. In San Francisco alone, every neighborhood has its own microclimate. And that doesn’t even take into account the climates found on different sides of the Peninsula, across East Bay and into Marin County. So, how do you keep plants alive?

Well, you can start by asking the local experts, and some of these experts have been growing and cultivating here in the Bay Area since 1909! We rounded up some of our favorite garden centers and nurseries where you can find the perfect plants for your garden and your home. Happy planting!….

CACTUS JUNGLE | Berkeley + San Anselmo

1509 Fourth St, Berkeley + 130 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo | Facebook

Cactus Jungle Bay Area garden centers and nurseries

Photo courtesy of Peter Lipson via Cactus Jungle

Cactus Jungle was founded in 2002… From their two locations—one in Berkeley and one in San Anselmo—they offer cacti and succulents, low-water grasses, summer-drought bamboos, California natives and more, which are grown both locally and around the world.

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Top Ten Lists


Are we one of the top ten Garden centers in the Bay Area ? You decide…

The Top Rated Garden Centers and Nurseries in the Bay Area

|April 12, 2019

Gardening in the Bay Area can be an intimidating endeavor. In San Francisco alone, every neighborhood has its own microclimate. And that doesn’t even take into account the climates found on different sides of the Peninsula, across East Bay and into Marin County. So, how do you keep plants alive?

Well, you can start by asking the local experts, and some of these experts have been growing and cultivating here in the Bay Area since 1909! We rounded up some of our favorite garden centers and nurseries where you can find the perfect plants for your garden and your home. Happy planting!….

CACTUS JUNGLE | Berkeley + San Anselmo

1509 Fourth St, Berkeley + 130 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo | Facebook

Cactus Jungle Bay Area garden centers and nurseries

Photo courtesy of Peter Lipson via Cactus Jungle

Cactus Jungle was founded in 2002… From their two locations—one in Berkeley and one in San Anselmo—they offer cacti and succulents, low-water grasses, summer-drought bamboos, California natives and more, which are grown both locally and around the world.

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