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Cacti in the Mist

Rhipsalis, epiphytic cacti endemic to tropical jungles in Central and South America, are pendant, with slender cylindrical or flattened branches. In habitat, rhipsalis cascade aerially from the heights of trees or drape from rocky escarpments. In cultivation, rhipsalis excel as spectactular hanging basket plants. As with all epiphytic cacti, rhipsalis prefer diffused light, warmth, humidity and slightly acidic soil composed largley of organic material such as sphagnum moss or peat. A profusion of flowers appears in the spring, usually satiny whites, apricots and rare lavenders are followed by vivid rose or orange "berries." Rhipsalis flowers are delightfully captivating, resembling luminescent stars alight with tiny twinkling lights.

"Tropicalismo" is a design incorporating plants of imposing proportions and boldly polychromatic palettes in exuberant interplay. Rhipsalis, known as "Jungle cacti," can be strategically placed to expand the dimensionality of the Tropicalismo. A Rhipsalis capilliformis, cascading like peridot icicles, can be draped from an escarpment near waterscapes, creating an area of quiet solitude. Other rhipsalis, hangin from the heights of trees, might imbue this tropical fantasia with fiber-optic mobiles. In the oblique light of late afternoon, Rhipsalis pilocarpa is hauntingly evocative, its silken hairs aglow with backlight.

Original Article by Renee O’Connell
Originally published in Garden Compass magazine
May/June 2002
Used with permission.

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Living Wall Art

Spring planting is in full force and preparing your garden bed or patio pots are typically on the top of succulent fanatics to-do list. We have a succulent DIY craft that will fully display your favorite varieties as a living wall mosaic.

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Something Sweet This Spring

There is something sweet about spring. It is a season for new beginnings where you may see new life evident by the buds popping on tree branches, green grass, and vivid colors pushing through the soil.

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5 Reasons to Love Succulents

Drought tolerant plants are here to stay. Whether you are a gardening beginner or an avid plant collector, succulents add a fresh, innovative perspective to everyday gardening.

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Succulent Sunshine – Sedeveria ‘Blue Elf’

Sunny days are hard to come by in February and it is difficult to know when blue skies will appear. Until warmer temperatures come out to play, create your own ray of succulent sunshine with Sedeveria ‘Blue Elf,’ or better known as the “Happy Plant.”

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My Valentine Succulent Bouquet

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Rainstorm Ready – Preparing Your Garden

While many regions of the United States face freezing temperatures and increased snowfall, the winter weather in Southern California beats to a different drum. Copious rainfall has brought a remarkably wet and active January, reversing several drought-stricken areas. Celebrating the reduction of drought restrictions, we must also keep an eye out for our friendly succulent friends.

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Rosy Cheeks Are In – ‘Bashful’™

Have you heard? Rosy cheeks are in.

 

 

Now that January is upon us, we pile on warm clothes and burrow into our blankets as the temperatures fall bringing with it a winter chill. Adventuring into the crisp, cool air with our frosty breath and rosy cheeks, the summer tans fade, but the apple-red glow appearing with long days spent outside are associated with natural beauty and good health.

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Poinsettias – Our Favorite Holiday Bloom

Commonly known as the traditional Christmas plant, the Poinsettia has deep cultural and historical roots dating back to the sixteenth century. Used for a variety of purposes, ranging from practical to festive, the Poinsettia remains one of the most popular plants sold during the holiday season. Poinsettias provide a beautiful and bright hue for a one-of-a-kind accent piece in your home and garden.

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Crassula tetragona – A Succulent For All Seasons

Happy Holidays, succulent lovers! With only a few days left before the weekend, we hope that you have all of your festivities in order. For those last minute gift givers who are racking their brain in search of last minute presents for your loved ones, oh boy, do we have an idea for you.

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