Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Cactus and Succulents
Cactus and Succulents is an easy-to-use pictorial book with an encyclopedia of cactus species listed by both common and botanical name; a guide to potting, propagating, grafting, plant selection, trouble shooting; and even a small section to tell you what to do when you inevitably get pricked. I find the information clearly presented and the book contains both drawings and photographs of the various cactus and succulent species. Good reading for the beginning cactus fancier. Cactus and Succulents, Sunset Publishing Company, ISBN 0 376 03753 9
Favorite or New Plant
Bouvardia is a fragrant blooming plant native to Mexico and Central America. It is exceptionally hardy and does very well indoors. The fragrance is more pronounced in the evening hours. Bouvardia requires bright, indirect light and cool temperatures between 55 and 70 degrees, making it the perfect companion to cyclamen in a gift basket. After the bloom has finished, tip prune frequently to keep plants bushy and full. Provide light less than 12 hours per day to encourage bloom the following year.