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Simple Succulents…

Succulents and Cacti at PigmentOver here at Pigment, we have been doing quite a bit of planting. Succulents are our favorite plants to make an array of awesome and unique planters. Succulents come in so many different shapes and sizes and are pretty easy to care for, so kinda the best plant friend you can have. Here are some tips on how to care for them once they’re home with you and some inspirational photos of some of the plantings we’ve been creating.

Succulents and Cacti at Pigment

While succulents have a reputation for being low maintenance, these species still need some caring for – they need protection from scorching sun in the summer, and freezing temperatures in the winter and prefer dry environments to those that are rainy or humid. So pretty perfect for Southern California! Planting your succulents in pots and keeping them indoors during hot hot day and super chilly nights gives them a little protection from those elements.

Succulents and Cacti at Pigment

Did you know that cacti can serve as a fire break? In “Succulents Simplified” Debra Lee Baldwin recalls her father planting cacti around the perimeter of their family ranch to serve both as a fire break and a security fence. Who needs barbed wire when you have prickly pears?

Succulents and Cacti at PigmentIf you find that your succulents have distorted growth at it’s leaf axils or you see cottony bits in the centers of the rosettes, the cause is more than likely Mealybugs, a common critter that attacks many indoor plants. To get rid of these annoying pests, remove or isolate the affected plant(s) and spray or wipe with diluted isopropyl alcohol and improve the air circulation.

Succulents and Cacti at PigmentHow can you tell if you have been overwatering your succulents? Succulents retain water in their leaves, so they like to almost completely dry out between their waterings. So overwatering can be done easily. If they have a squishy stem or trunk, that’s usually a sign your succulents are a little too wet. Their roots are super soaked! You can remedy this by taking cuttings from healthy tissue and replant. Remember to discard the old soil with the plant.

Succulents and Cacti at PigmentWhat about under watering?
Yes, succulents are meant to be drought tolerant plants, but they still need to be watered. If your succulents have lost their sheen or are shriveling at the tips, then it’s a sure sign that they are thirsty. Be sure to water your plant thoroughly and that the soil is about as moist as a wrung-out sponge.

You can read more about succulents and how to care and maintain them, and find tips on basic designs in the wonderful and informative book “Succulents Simplified” and here’s a video from the author Debra Lee Baldwin on making your own succulent container garden.

Happy planting! – Pigment

Pigment Pretty Plantings

Ever since we got a new batch of amazing-looking cacti and succulents for our Plant Lab we’ve been going “planting-crazy!” I mean….

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One of our favorite little guys, the Thimble Cactus, gathered with a blooming Echeveria. 

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More Echeverias in bloom planted in scalloped vintage pots. 

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The little purple cactus is aptly named the Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus. 

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A southwestern themed planting with the Bones cactus in a vintage terracotta pot. 

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String of Pearls are perfect for draping over a hanging pot. The Black Prince Echeveria sits atop its throne in the middle of this organic planting. 

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This fuzzy little cacti is sweetly named Angel Wings, but that doesn’t mean they won’t still prick ya! 

All these lovelies are available in-store only. Get them while they’re hot!, because they’re going fast.

For those of you who are’t in San Diego, we also carry some varieties online here (with more to come): http://www.shoppigment.com/succulents/

Plant away!! – Pigment

Southern California In Bloom

Oh boy, is it May already?! Well, you know what that means? April Showers = May Flowers. And right now Southern California succulents and cacti are in full-bloom (as are so many other things, including roses, but we’ll have to post about that another time)!  The blooms range so much in color, size and texture that each one is a work of art in itself. Pigment’s store manager, Carissa, took a moment to capture them at their finest.

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All these lovely blooms reside at the Desert Garden in Balboa Park in San Diego, a 2.5 acre garden that contains more than 1,300 plants. If you’re ever in town, or live nearby, take an afternoon this weekend to stop by to see these beauties in person. The blooms don’t last long so hurry up and catch a glimpse before they turn in normal ol’ cacti and you have to wait a whole other year to see them in all their glory.

Happy weekend! – XO Pigment

The Desert Garden at Balboa Park
2525 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
http://www.balboapark.org/in-the-park/desert-garden