Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

July, 2014
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Wait to Water Succulent Cuttings
When propagating succulents such as rosary vine, jade plant, or orchid cactus, don't water right away. Succulent plants need to form a callus over the cut surface or they will rot in the ground. Wait about 10 days before watering new cuttings, then saturate the soil and allow it to dry thoroughly before watering again.

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Donate to Stop California's Next Plant Invasion Before It Starts
Beautifully disguised, but ugly to the core, invasive plants ravage California's native habitat, clog waterways, provide dangerous fuel for wildfires and cost California taxpayers over $82 million each year. The good news is that future plant invasions can be prevented. PlantRight, led by the nonprofit organization Sustainable Conservation (www.suscon.org), has been working since 2005 with California's nursery industry to phase out invasive ornamental plants in ways that are good for business and good for the environment. Now they have come up with a novel approach to stop California's next plant invasion before it starts. Join them in this effort by supporting their campaign to stop a new threat that's poised to invade California's wild lands: Mexican feathergrass (Nassella or Stipa tenuissima). Although graceful and delicate in appearance, this vigorous South American native self-sows in abundance, crowding out pasture species as well as native grasses in coastal areas.

PlantRight recognizes that well-meaning nurseries and garden centers are caught with this invasive inventory on hand. Today, one of the top growers of Mexican feathergrass has 14,000 plants in the production pipeline ready to ship to 200 nurseries throughout the state. But they're willing to forgo profit and sell them at cost to PlantRight. (This grower has stopped all production of this plant, is helping to dispose of it in an environmentally responsible fashion, and is now helping educate retail customers.)

A $5 donation to Plant Right's campaign pulls two Mexican feathergrass plants out of distribution, a $10 donation pulls four, and so on. And to magnify the benefit of donations, an especially inspired donor will match all contributions made by July 18 dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000. Help PlantRight meet their goal of $10,000 in donations by July 18. To make a secure online donation or to learn more about the campaign to stop Mexican feathergrass in its tracks, go to Stop California's Next Plant Invasion. Learn more about more about all PlantRight's projects, the impact of invasive plants in California, and how you can help at PlantRight.

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