Care for Cactus and Succulents

The recent rains and warmer sunny days should have all aeoniums unfurled and in full face. Other winter growers like senecios and some echeverrias are also in their growth season. If you want to start cuttings, this is a great time to do it. Remember to allow cut ends to callus for a few days. If you want to use fertilizers, you can apply as directed on these plants now. Watering, even for winter growers, should be minimal unless the Santa Ana winds pay a visit. Be sure to watch for colder temperatures and rain. Keep protective plastic covers readily available to protect plants from hail. Hardware store plastic drop cloths or even shower curtains will help. Hail permanently pits the leaves of succulents. After rain, don’t let container plants stand in water.


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