Spring 2024 Plant Sale

[updated Apr 7 2024]

Sales are ongoing, with new items being added often. Use the contact form to email regarding appointments, availability, or any questions. In-person shopping welcome by appointment; I’m near the Orinda / Moraga border.

I’m sold out of orchid divisions (Dedrobium, Pleurothallis, Dendrochillum) until I can divide, repot, and establish more plants. I’ll post info here when they’re available. You can also email me via the Contact link over there on the right, and I’ll add you to an update mailing list.
Aechmea caudata: 
Bromeliad. Bare root ($25 to $40). Happiest planted in the ground; thrive in pots, but will be needing division each spring/summer. Many offsets! Prolific “candy corn” inflorescences on long spikes. Strong indirect light is best.

Vriesea fenestralis x Vriesea gigantea ‘Nova’ (? parentage uncertain): 
Bromeliad; rare. $50. = Hardy to about 35 degrees; lower than that, cover with frostcloth and move closer to the house. No direct sun, dappled shade is best. I don’t recommend planting in the ground unless you live in Oakland/Berkeley, etc. Prolific offsets. Does not flower for me. Wonderful foliage plant.

Furcraea longaeva
Succulent. 4” seedlings $4.00. Grows into massive plant with Agave-type habit. Moncarpic.

Bilbergia nutans “Queen’s Tears”: 
Bromeliad. .25 each tank, or free with purchase.

Echinopsis chamaecereus (“Peanut Cactus”)
Succulent. 4” offsets $4.00.

Aloe arborescens variegata / Candelabra aloe:
Succlent. 5 gallons in plastic: $25 to $40.

Sauromatum venosum (common name: Voodoo Lily):
Arum (corms).$15 to $35 in various pots. Each pot includes at least 3 corms; most, more. These are dormant until June 2024. Keep sheltered and dry-ish until then.
Opuntia monocantha (variegated):
Succulent. $10 in terracotta. $7 in plastic.

Succulent offsets – various sizes and prices; inquire.

Licensed to sell nursery stock in Contra Costa County by the state of California.

Regarding Cynthia Brian’s August 19th Gardening Column in Lamorinda Weekly

I have a couple comments about this particular installment. I’m reluctant to even link to it, because some of it is just…wrong.

* Brian writes “If you planted a succulent garden earlier in the season, you don’t need to waste any water by running the irrigation system.”

This is a broad generalization that doesn’t hold true, in many instances. I’ve had clients tell me “I don’t know why that cactus died. I didn’t think they needed water.” Succulents are a deep and wide class of thousands of plants, with varying cultural needs. Most need supplemental water during the warmest months of the year, especially if they were recently planted, and/or are in containers. In mid-August we had several consecutive days of 100-plus-degree weather. Water your succulents, especially if they’re in containers. Water until it drains out the drain holes. And never plant a succulent in a pot that can’t drain.

* Later in the same piece, Cynthia states “orchids are trouble-free and undemanding. Just leave them alone, put an ice cube once a week in their container, and let them beautify your home.”

This kind of blanket statement drives me bonkers. The majority of indoor orchids like to be be very wet, then very dry, for the most part. The ice cube fallacy can kill orchids. Take your indoor orchids to the sink when they’re dry, and let the water run through them and drain out completely. Then let them dry out a bit, preferably outside, where there’s a breeze. If the nights are below 45 degrees, don’t leave indoor orchids outside. Never let an orchid sit in a saucer full of water, and no plant is going to benefit from having ice-cold water dribble across a small area of its rootball. Oh, and if your orchid was potted in soil when you bought it (as are most mass-market plants sold at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Home Depot, and the like), it will nearly certainly benefit from being repotted in bark, and fertilized regularly during the growing season.

As with any plant, think “nuance”. What’s best for one species (or family of plants) doesn’t necessarily work for others. Beware of general plant-care advice. If in doubt, research the particular plant online. Find out where it’s native, and what the conditions are like in its native habitat. If you have any questions, email me via the Contact link over there on the top right. I’m happy to help.