Not that kind of cactus, but a cactus that was a christmas gift cactus.
Evidently my son and husband visited you a few weeks ago and picked up a little something for me for Christmas! Thanks for helping them make an excellent choice! I love my new, big, Cleistocactus, yay! For the two weeks prior to xmas, my daughter kept it in her apartment right by the couch. She watched it bloom and more buds get ready to bloom! You can see in the picture that Jack and Mike made a tall gift wrapped box for it. I had to wait for a while before I could “open” the box.
I will keep it just outside my kitchen window where I can see it every day…it’s near all my other cactus and succulents as well. Is there anything special I should know or do for it? It looks like it could use more red rock…oh, should I keep the supports tied around the four of them?
Perhaps I will visit you in the next month or two and redeem my cactus punch cards!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Hap…
Hello guys- I was just at your store last week visiting from San Diego. I wish I lived closer so I could buy more than the pink garden gloves I got! My sister lives in Berkeley and she takes me to your nursery every time I come up. We love to roam around and find out the names of some things in our garden which are unnamed.
I’d like to know if you could please identify this aloe for me. Seen here, it is about 3 years old and was given to my sister by her succulent guru who has a fantastic garden, but doesn’t always remember the names of her plants!
Thank you Hap, Peter, Keith & Rikki! I really appreciate all the efforts of the Cactus Jungle team in helping us complete the Monkey Forest Road project. (I’m the one that’s been visiting your nursery every morning until the project was finished. 🙂 Your succulents in the interior atrium created a stunning effect. I thought you’d like to see a couple photos. The Monkey Forest Road gallery / cafe (on Grand Ave in Oakland) opens next week! Come on by sometime. Take care, Alexis, David Thorne Landscape Architect
would it be ok if i sent you a photo of something about which i have a question? i have a euphorbia with multi branches and within the past week little yellowish dots have appeared where one might expect spikes to be. hard to describe, thusly if i could send you the picture it might be more helpful.
karen vero beach florida
And here’s the picture:
And the good news is…
It looks like Euphorbia trigona and the dots are unopened blooms!
Sometimes we can identify Aeoniums, other times we prefer to just make up names. What do you think?
It was really nice meeting you this week. You have a fantastic place and some really fine specimans of cactus, especially Aeoniums. The pictures attached may be Aeoniums but I have not been able to identify them. Can you tell me if they are Aeoniums? If not, any ideas? By the way, within this planter are two different types of the same plant. The really purple ones, and the less purple with more green.
I really appreciate it. I have one other species of Aeonium I’m going to send pictures of. I cannot identify it either.
Have a great weekend. I’m sure we’ll see you again.
Fran, The unknown one will have to remain unknown for now. I’ll blog it to see if anyone else can come up with a cultivar name. Otherwise, I recommend Aeonium “Wizard”.
The other lower ones, green with pink edging, are Aeonium subplanum.
To my double surprise in the past two days I found a hand me down cactus in bloom and then found the blog entry from September 9th to help me identify it. I would like to include a picture of the gigantic flower bud that has developed on the Stapelia plant. I have been able to start a few propagated pieces that also have tiny blooms starting! I’ve never had a cactus bloom so this is quite the accomplishment for me. And i feel like if I wasn’t reading your blog I wouldn’t have been able to propagate the new pieces as well as i have.
I am have been a blog subscriber of yours for a year or so and it has been a joy learning about cacti, succulents and the like from your blog alone.
Please let me know if this is truly a Stapelia. Just like to know what i’m working with.
Thanks for your time.
Glad we’ve been able to be of help! Your succulent is indeed a Stapelia, and that is a giant flower about to open. Very exciting! Send photos to share on the blog when it’s open.
I was thinking that today I would blog about the relationship between chemical fertilizers with a focus on potassiums, mycchorizal fungi and flatworms. But then this email came in with such pretty pictures from Kew Gardens that I decided not to delve into the soil, metaphorically speaking, today. Ah well, the opportunity is lost for good now.
Anyway, enjoy the view from Kew.
I took this pic at Kew Gardens in the Mediterranean section. Any idea which type of begonia (if it is really a begonia) this is? It’s stunning, and I think the fuchsioides comes somewhat close to this one.
Thanks for any help with this. David
It looks like it is either one of the new ‘Dragon Wing’ or ‘Phoenix’ Begonias that have been introduced over the last couple of years. I am not which clone it is, but it is a very nice one!
Julian sends along a picture of a very tall cactus that seems to have grown too big for them. They’re looking for a new home for it. I’m guessing Stenocereus, judging by the long spines, but I’m not sure. Any ideas? Know anyone who wants one?
Mark writes in with a quick photoshop of his front yard wanting a plant for a hole in front of his window.
Hello Folks at Cactus Jungle.
I recently pulled a huge bush/tree thing I hated out of my front yard and have been in search of a good replacement. (I’m actually in a hurry to find something new because it left my entire living room exposed to the street traffic — poor planning, I know.) One plant I was considering for a replacement is an acacia, specifically an acacia baileyana ‘purpurea’ and was wondering if you had any thoughts. If you had positive feedback on that choice, is there any possibility you have them in stock? (I realize it’s not a succulent…)
The reason I pulled what was there before (an Angel’s Trumpet), was because it was really messy — dropping leaves all over my cactus and succulents below. And I wanted something more colorful that would also complement the colors of the house. (Below is an embarrassingly unprofessional Photoshop’d exploration of what it might look like.) But I am certainly open to other suggestions, if you had any.
Pluses would be drought tolerance, not too many dropped leaves or berries, grows quickly but not too large (I do plan to prune though), enough foliage to create a visual barrier, but still let some light into the front of my house. Sculptural is always nice too. Originally I was jones-ing for a beautiful, giant euphorbia. But I know it would cost a bazillion dollars and might not serve as a good screen from the traffic.
As I’m writing this I worry it might be sound like I’m asking for free design advice. But I trust you’d say so if it felt that way to you.
Thanks for any input.
P.S. Speaking of huge euphorbia (I saw your recent blog entry about it), I have to remember to send you photos of ones I saw in Southern Africa recently. Enormous giants! (Wait, that’s redundant, isn’t it.) Massive. And all over the place. And in bloom.
Now we do have the Purple Acacia in stock, so maybe he’ll get that and all will be good, but if you have any other suggestions for Mark, let us know right away!
Kale sends along a photo of a Euphorbia ingens that has grown very big in their yard. I estimate 20 feet tall. These are only semi-hardy in our area outdoor when they’re young. We must have had some warm winters back when this guy was young.
Check out this picture of an even bigger specimen in Kenya. Will it really get that big if left alone in Berkeley? Probably.
Attached are pics of the vandalized Stenocereus thurberi. Feel free to blog about it or not. I’ve subseqently trimmed the top at a 45 degree angle and applied hydrogen peroxide. After it heals I’ll try applying some kelp extract to the tubercles to see if I can induce branching. I’ve read also that 0.1% benzylaminopurine works …
David called the store to ask us what was happening to his succulent. I asked him to send us a photo and here it is.
This is the plant. The normal form is in the foreground.
David, The plant is Graptopetalum paraguayense, and the “deformed” part is what we call “Crested”. It is a genetic mutation, usually caused by a virus, and it makes the growing tip of the plant grow out linearly rather than the normal branching and rosette. There’s nothing to worry about – crested plants are often prized and collected. Peter
I have been to your nursery multiple times, and I’m also the high schooler who asked you questions about sustainability for a school paper this spring. You guys were nice enough to post a picture of my garden on your blog. I want to say thank you for doing that because it really made my day. Anyways, since then, I have gotten my girlfriend interested in succulents (she really is amazing). I am asking if you would be kind enough to post a picture of her small garden on your blog, so that she knows that people like what she is doing and that she’s doing a good job. I will attach a picture of her garden, and her name is Christina.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, Austin
Sure enough, there’s a picture of the start of a new succulent garden.
I see Cotyledon orbiculata in bloom, an Agave marginata that will outgrow the spot in about 2 years, some Sedum and some Senecio, and a bunch of nice Echeverias tucked in among the rock wall. Good job, Christine!
Hope your summer is going succulenty! (that’s a good thing, right?) So trying to remember the name of this darling succulent is driving me crazy! Can you help? This one is about a foot and a half wide and has totally awesome orange flowers. Any nod in the right direction will be so appreciated!