Thank you everyone who shared their favorite cactus and succulent photos on our Facebook page for the September Free Succulent contest. Three people were chosen by random draw as the Succulent Winners for the month this morning. Winners are listed below as well as on Facebook. Albeit not as humorous as previous contests, it gives me great pleasure every time I virtually meet a person who adores these strange little (and big) plants as much as I do. It also reminds me that I am not alone in the world of succulent addiction; there are thousands of us out there!
The photo above shows the three prizes that will be shipped tomorrow to:
Diane Bakken Collins
Congrats to our winners! I will be in touch to get your shipping addresses soon. Thank you again for entering our monthly contests. Stay tuned for the rules and prizes for the October Free Succulent Contest!
Until next time enjoy the succulent flowers of the day – all discovered in the nursery this morning!
August, 2015 Contest “I knew I was a succulent addict when…”
What a fabulous contest! Choosing the winners was fun for my neighbors, I could hear them laughing as they read them. Unfortunately they were not able to get to a unanimous decision on the top 5 so we decided that we will be giving out 10 FREE pots of Succulents.
Thank you everyone who entered, I am so happy to know that there are at least 140 other true succulents addicts out there. We will be announcing the September Succulent Contest soon!
And the top 5 succulent addicts admissions are………….Drumroll please…………..
I had a dream that I died and went to heaven and the path to the pearly gates was lined with succulents.
I realized I’d given them all human nicknames, like “Penelope” and “Charles”
I had to start hiding my purchases from my husband (some women buy clothes and hide them, I buy succulents). “What, this old plant? I’ve had it forever…” 😉
I begged my husband to load up a 60lb piece of driftwood on our ski boat when we were vacationing on a lake and drive it 7 hrs back home.
I was at the farmer’s market and happened to be wearing a crocheted shawl. As I walked by a large table of cacti and succulents I got a bit too close and suddenly realized there were several cute little plants attached to my shawl, hanging on for dear life. They were so cute and looked so desperate, luke they wanted to escape, I had to buy them. That’s how it all started.
My seven your old daughter started following me around in order to stop me from “stealing” succulents from, well basically everywhere.
When my family told me I needed to go to SA succulent anonymous!
I bought plastic ones and put them in dark places of my home. Also when I go to the store and the first thing I do is go look at succulents to ßee what I don’t have. Going to dress up as as succulent for Halloween and hasnd out babysucculents to kids. Why not get them stared early.
my wife asked me why I was buying all these plants., and dropping hints like (your making the mailman get out of his truck again).
I go to empty out my purse, and alone with cars and trucks, and lipstick and credit cards, are baby succulent leaves that have grown tiny roots. Best. day. ever.
To read all the entries visit our contest submission page. Deciding the winners was a true challenge and again I want to thank all of you for participating. I am very excited to share some of my favorite succulents with you all in the near future!
Over the weekend I jumped on the back of my friends Street Bob and headed up the coast about 30 miles and then east on the road towards Borrego Springs. Motorcycles and succulents, probably two things you don’t think about at the same time unless you are a total succulent freak. Anyhow, I have made this drive several times to see spring blooms in the desert, but never have I ventured out here on the back of a bike. We made it to the top just in time for me to check out a cool cactus growing on the side of the cliff before the sun was completely gone.
Most normal people would have been in awe of their gorgeous surrounding, riding up the California coast on a clear summer night as the sun is starting to set. As a passenger of a cruiser you have a fabulous unobstructed view of everything and the freedom to look at it all but all I ever look at or look for are cactus and succulents. Even when we were at the top of the mountain. My friend captured this photo just before we drove back down the mountain.
A new set of rules was finally implemented into being a riding passenger of my friend.
Succulents are not an emergency.
Succulents are not something that we need to stop and look at, something that requires me to wave or shake my hand at and most definitely,
Succulents are not something that I am allowed to discuss on the bluetooth we have set up between our helmets.
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Cristation, fasciation, cresting or Forma cristata are terms used commonly in botany describing the abnormal development of a plant. Every year at the San Diego Cactus and Succulent Societies plant sale I am always mesmerized by some of the prized crested succulents on display but I never did any research on why this occurs. The best way to describe fasciation or cresting is with photographs. I have purchased several succulents that are “var cristata” in the past but I have never had a seemingly “normal” succulent grow a new head that is crested until just recently.
I have this big wooden box full of fat plants in the brightest area of my garden. There was one large aeonium arboreum that had one extra tall stem that looked out of place so I cut it and started a new plant in 2014. Over the last year the container has really filled in and the new growth that started where I cut the stem became hidden from view.
Recently I cut back all of the plants in this box only to discover that the aeonium I cut had not started several new pups as they usually do, but instead it had what looked like several stems fused into one.
I did not realize that a normal plant could become crested; I just assumed that was a heritable trait. The question now is why. Of all of the aeonium arboretums’ that I have cut in my yard over the years, why have I never seen this occurrence? Why is this particular plant cresting?
Trustworthy Google. It seems that I am not the only confused succulent lover out there. Here is the basic reason I found for why this is happening.
Fasciation or cresting, can be caused by many factors and can occur on the tip of the plants stem, the fruit, the root of the plant or the flower. Bacteria, genetics, hormones, fungus and other environmental causes are the primary cause of this phenomenon.
I can’t answer my own question but will continue to research this topic. In the interim if you are interested in reading more about this check out my favorite plant website. Dave’s Garden has a descriptive article on this fascinating mutation that contains several pictures and a detailed explanation of the many reasons this occurs.
Take a look at some of the other cactus and succulents we have that are crested.