Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2012
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Propagating Succulents
The secret to propagating succulent plants from cuttings is to allow the cutting to dry for several days prior to planting. Drying causes a "scab" to form over the cut area and prevents the cutting from rotting once it is in the soil. So, when you are making new jade plants, string-of-hearts or hens-and-chicks, for your friends, remember, let the cutting dry dry before potting. After the cutting has dried you can place it directly in a pot filled with fresh potting soil -- a cactus/succulent soil mix is best because it is fast draining and doesn't retain moisture. After planting, wait another few days before watering.

Shows & Events

Bancroft Gardens Fall Plant Sale
Bancroft Gardens holds three annual plant sales, in spring, summer and fall. Open to the public, the fall plant sale is the ideal time to visit the garden and pick up a few new plants for your own garden. The sale will be held October 13, 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94598. For more information, visit or call (925)944-9352.

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