Landscape Cacti and Succulents Nursery

The plant deck at the entrance to the Botanical Garden is looking splendid, with a really great array of our plants over there every day. Sales from our propagation area, normally scheduled for the Free First Thursday of the month, are closed until after the Spring Plant Sale the weekend of April 26th and 27th.

The image below, with its lovely light, was photographed last November at Moorten's Cacti and Succulent Nursery in Palm Springs.

Every day that the UC Botanical Garden is open a choice selection of plants from our propagation area is available in the entry plaza. Our aloes and mini-gardens are on the steps leading to the shop, and our agaves are on the rack at the back of the plaza, set against kindred plants! Many of the plants are vegetative divisions from UC Botanical Garden accessions. And as we always want to remind you, our plants are raised sustainably in exterior exposure by dedicated volunteers.

The Landscape Cacti and Succulents propagation area is across the street from the garden entrance. On the free first Thursday of the month from 10:30 to 1:30 we are open for sales. We offer very competitively priced one and two-gallon specimens and super deals in three and five-gallon cans--one of the best reasons to come across the street on Thursdays! We'll help you load your car.


Cacti and Succulents in Palm Springs

Cacti and Succulents in Palm Springs


Nursery Availability Spring 2014

*Items listed are subject to prior sale

Agave Americana var. medio-picta
Agave attenuata
Agave attenuata variegata
Agave bovicornuta
Agave bracteosa
Agave celsii 'Nova'
Agave colorata
Agave colorata x. A. bovicornuta *
Agave colorata 'Supreme'
Agave cornelius
Agave cupreata
Agave Ferdinandi-Regis
Agave filifera
Agave gentryi (glaucous blue form)
Agave gentryi cv 'Jaws'
Agave guadalajarana
Agave guadalajarana 'Leon'
Agave lophantha quadricolor
Agave macroacantha
Agave Montana
Agave obscura
Agave ovatifolia
Agave parrasana
Agave parryi huachucensis
Agave parryi var. parryi
Agave salmiana, var. ferox
Agave schottii
Agave striata
Agave toumeyana subsp. toumeyana
Agave vilmoriniana
Agave weberi
Agave xylonacantha
Aloe cameronii
Aloe comptonii
Aloe lineata
Aloe maculata
Aloe nobilis
Aloe petricola
Aloe plicatillis
Aloe rupestris
Dasylirion wheeleri
Dyckia hybrids
Cleistocactus tupizensis
Echinopsis chiloensis
Echinopsis hystrichoides
Echinopsis terscheckii*
Echinopsis sp.
Ferocactus sp.
Ferocactus gracilis *
Ferocactus latispinus *
Ferocactus pottsii *
Mammillaria sphacelata viperina
Opuntia cylindrica cristata
Opuntia variegata
Oreocereus celsianus
Oreocereus hempelianus *
Oreocereus trolli
Puya, various
Trichocereus grandiflorus hybrids
Yucca, various

* = potted 2/2/2014


Cacti and Succulents Care


Plants in the Ground:
You may wish to acclimatize your new plants by keeping them in their pots for a while and moving them around to test light and moisture conditions in your garden. When your new cacti or succulents are ready to be planted in the ground, be sure to give them adequate drainage by providing a mix of 50% pumice or 1/4" sharp rock and 50% native or potting soil (preferably with organic fiber and loamy sand as ingredients, but no peat). Good drainage can be achieved either by digging down ±18" into native soil and mixing in rock or building up from the ground line with mounds of new soil with mixed in rock. Planting on slopes also greatly improves drainage. With well draining soil, cacti and succulents are easy to care for and drought resistant! The best time to transplant cacti and succulents is early during the dry months when their roots are actively growing. Avoid any supplemental irrigation during the winter. Because we grow all of our stock outdoors, most of what we sell is very frost tolerant. However, a few species will show some damage after multiple days below freezing. If prolonged frost is forecast for your area drive tall garden stakes around sensitive plants and throw a sheet over them. Even with leaf die-back, your plants should recover with warmer weather. Cacti and succulents are tough!

Plants in Containers:
Your plants will also thrive in larger decorative pots, especially if you water them slightly more frequently during hot weather. Plants in pots will benefit from 1/4 strength balanced liquid organic fertilizer at watering time during their growing season (our California dry months) as well as fresh soil mix every two years. More inorganic material in the soil mix such as horticultural sand and pumice will extend the life of soil in pots, but might require some fertilizer during the growing season. Avoid fertilizing late in the growing season to allow plants to harden off before the cold arrives.

Keep your UCBG plant labels so that you can "Google" the scientific names to learn more about their native environments temperature, light and water requirements!