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Tillandsia Trunk Show

Just about a month ago, we held a our very first  Tillandsia Trunk Show, and in case you missed it here is a recap of what we hope to have more of in the year to come!

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Sharing the amazing beauty of these curious plants was just part of the inspiration for the exhibit, it was also an opportunity to learn more about them.

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Here are just a few fun facts about Tillandsia care and keeping one in your home :

  • Tillandsias have the unique ability of absorbing water through their leaves, allowing them to sit free-standing of soil or planters!  Be it nested book-side on a shelf, or clinging to a piece of weathered driftwood; displaying air plants is fun and super easy. When watering your Tillandsias, mist the leaves and center of the plant (not the base) with a spray bottle.  The amount of water will vary depending on humidity.  In drier climates, like our own here in San Diego, we recommend 3-4 times a week.
  • You can tell if your Tillandsia is happy and healthy when it’s leaves are growing up and out.  Brown at the edges and curling, the plant isn’t getting enough water (careful, too much water can cause them to rot).
  • In nature, Tillandsias grow under the shade of trees.  They prefer dappled light as opposed to direct sunlight.  A covered porch, patio, or a shelf near a window are ideal locations for your air plant.
  •  If your Tillandsia has a mini version of itself growing from it’s base, that is a baby air plant! After a few months, you can either leave it attached to start a Tillandsia “clump,” or carefully separate them to start growing another specimen.

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What are those things that look like roots?

Those little tendrils allow Tillandsias to anchor themselves to trees or rocks. Unlike most roots, they don’t take up nutrients and the plant is not harmed by having them cut off.

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Large Xerographica

One of our favorites here at the shop.  At 18″ wide, one specimen in the trunk show was the largest the store has ever seen.  We were blown away! They were absolutely stunning.  That said,  Xerographica can actually grow up to three feet in diameter and three feet tall when blooming (can you imagine)!  They’re slow growers and their health hinges on good air circulation and proper watering.

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Look for more events to come in Spring! Happy planting!

photos by Pigment owner Amy Paul

Pretty Plantings…

We’re at it again, planting away to our heart’s delight. We got our hands on some amazingly beautiful and colorful vintage pots. There’s nothing we love more than adding great pops of color to the soft and organic texture of succulents and other plants! Our vintage pot collection is one of a kind. The perfect gift for a friend!

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You can find these pretty lil’ plantings and much more in store at our Plant Lab, and some hand select Plant Lab goods online.

And be on the look out for some of our more famous vintage collections of Haeger, Bauer and McCoy pots, available only in store.

Happy Planting!

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.

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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.

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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