cactus and succulent society

anonymous asked:

Do you know any places online or maybe even chain stores that would sell succulents? My local Home Depot and Lowes sell a few varieties (but they also sell those really lame spray painted ones and the cactus with the flowers glued on :c). I am looking for some less common varieties. My Local garden stores are also sparse in selection

okay so like. tips on growing plonts online:

1. know the scientific name of the plant you want. like, do research until you know the exact species you want that will work, then type it in to ebay; a relyable seller will have the scientific name (and cultivar, if applicable) there as an identification thing. dont go for the random ones that are like “*RARE* SUCCULENT!!!!!” bc theyll send you some random flower or smth. 

2. don’t buy seeds, and if you do, order from reliable sellers. this is an easy way to get scammed. if you DO buy seeds, buy from other growers and sellers; the /r/succulents subreddit is a good place to start. usually, breeders and growers will pollinate their babies and then post like “hey does anyone want some lithops seed!!!”; this way, you know that not only is it the species listed, but also that it’s viable seed. if you want to buy from a retailer, look for sites online that specialize in succulent breeding and selling, and look around for reviews on those sites. 

3. buy from specialists. I’ve never actually bought off amazon, but if you search on there for any plant theres like, 3 kind of shady looking options to choose from. when it comes to ordering plants, specialists are the best people to buy from; they know the species, the shipping needs, and in general actually care about making sure the plont is okay. if not a specialist for the plants your looking for, look for well-known online plant retailers. 

4. if you’re a member of the cactus and succulent society of america: i didnt know this existed until 30 seconds ago but holy hek man i love it. anyway, they have a MASSIVE seed bank for members for a dollar a packet for germination. this is for if you’re like, super into it and the acedemic side, or if you want to start a hardcore collection. 

5. ebay. ebay is cool, but also has a lot of scammers. a good seller will list the species name and cultivar (if applicable), details how the plant will be shipped (bare root or potted), where they are and if they ship internationally, and most likely will be a specialized plant shop with a lot of similarly posted succulents and hybrids. 

useful links:

-wiki of common succulent species (from /r/succulents)

-/r/succulents august 2017 buy and trade thread (they have one every month!!)

-list of some good exclusive succulent sellers


I’m listening to the latest episode of @j.l.perrone ’s ‘On The Ledge’ podcast - so it seemed a fitting time to share these photos of cacti! I got this Astrophytum Capricorne x Superkabuto (what a mouthful!) at the British Cactus and Succulent Society Sussex Zone show. It’s adorable but I swear they’ve been cultivated to hide mealy bug. There’s also an Astrophytum Myriostigma hybrid and one of my propagated string-of-hearts taking in the sunshine. 🌵☀️

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This is the bulk of my haul from the cactus and succulent society show and sale I happened to find out about about a week ago and managed to visit today — I am beyond thrilled to finally have some conophytum to add to my garden, as well as that lovely lapidaria margaretae.
The thick stemmed tiger jaws was also a last second find — can’t wait to repot these!


The Michigan Cactus and Succulent Society sale was held in September. I worked all year to propagate plants and I ended up with about 1,000 plants for sale. I sold everything! It was crazy crowded - more people attended this year than ever before! We hope to have a bigger space next year and more cashiers so that the line isn’t so long. Thanks to everyone who came out!


Marilyn Moyer brought this beautiful Jim Smith Haworthia hybrid to the San Francisco Succulent and Cactus Society last night. The colors and texture are spectacular. I didn’t use any filters to enhance the photos. It’s only got a number, and the description “show plant”, as you can see on the tag.

Anyone want to guess the mix? The leaf size was large and chunky, and they were very bumpy. I don’t know the answer, but my mind keeps wrestling for comparisons. Maybe some retuse parentage from H. pygmaea?

I’ve really caught the Haworthia bug lately, as some of you might have noticed.


The Cactus and Succulent House at the New Orleans Botanical Garden features the collection acquired from Eugene Veillon, a NOLA native that had been an active member of multiple Cactus & Succulent societies including Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Houston, and Memphis. It is an intriguing collection featuring many mature plants that have clearly lived interesting lives.

The building, known as the Stove House, is a restored WPA structure built from 1935-1936. It features side windows that can be opened outward, and a small prep room with a built in sink to one side. The humidity is combatted with fans, that even in May, were running at high speed.

There were, of course, assorted lizards that found it to be a sufficient home, too.

After much deliberation, these are the plants I purchased at Roseacre Greenhouse in Charlotte, MI. At the last minute, I grabbed an aloe (not pictured) at the recommendation of our club president.

This outing was really fun, and I am so glad that I joined the Michigan Cactus and Succulent Society. It’s great to be able to talk about plants with other like minded souls!


Some strange new lovelies I acquired recently. 

Now it’s survival of the fittest: see who can make it through the San Francisco winter on a northeast facing ledge. 

Variables in my favor: 

  • they are covered from rain by my building’s cornice, 
  • downtown San Francisco is a bit of a heat island and only rarely dips below 40f (5c), 
  • the more typical winter lows are around 50f, and 
  • the position gets 2 hours of direct sun each day, and several hours of bright reflected sun from the glass on the building across the street.

Against me:

  • at least some of these plants are rather difficult to grow, specifically the mesembs and the Bulbine (5, top left). These are “schedule” plants that have very specific seasonal watering calendars.
  • All of them would probably love at least a little more light. Some really need significantly more. Again, I’m looking at the mesembs, the Bulbine and the Anacampseros rufescens.

I picked up most of these at the November meeting of the SF Succulent and Cactus Society from featured growers Dana Gardner and Russell Wagner. It always amazes me how generous the expert growers in the Society are when they sell plants. 

I’ll do proper entries with species names later when I pot them up for presentation.