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Intercity 2018 Overview

Under the August sun, cacti and succulent lovers descended on the LA County Arboretum for the 33rd Inter-City Cactus and Succulent Show. Regarded as the Grand Prix of cacti and succulent shows, attendees were treated to a grand hall filled with hundreds of staged specimens. Outside, dozens of vendor filled table rows with a dizzying … Continue reading Intercity 2018 Overview

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When Plants Smell Bad – Brachystelma barberae

Some of our plants bloom what are known as carrion flowers. Rather than sweet smelling, colorful blooms, these flowers have unique shapes and scents mimicing rotting meat to attracts flies, their primary pollinator. Pseduolithos eylensis has a bizarre bloom with a smell like fresh manure while specimens in the Hoodia genus are also known for … Continue reading When Plants Smell Bad – Brachystelma barberae

Variegated Gymnocalicium

These variegated Gymnocalicium owe their stunning coloring to a lack of chlorophyll. While some variegated specimens require a graft in order to survive, these cacti have enough in their system to standalone on their own roots. These specimens are currently resting and rooting themselves after their long trek to us and aren't available for sale … Continue reading Variegated Gymnocalicium

Awesome Overhead of Amazing Arrivals

As the weather has picked up, the cacti shelves are emptying out even faster than normal. Don't worry though, we're always bringing in a range of new cacti, from Copiapoa marginata to Melocactus caesius. Check out these photos from a recent cacti shipment, they're more than likely to inspire you to pay a visit to the … Continue reading Awesome Overhead of Amazing Arrivals

$15 and Under Wonders

We know it can feel intimidating when looking a the high prices of collector-grade specimens, especially for beginning collectors still learning the essentials of plant care. Desert Creations wants to let you know about our $15 and under cacti and succulent menus now live on our web store. Priced affordably, these offerings range from cool, … Continue reading $15 and Under Wonders

Greenhouse Update

Regular customers and first time guests alike always marvel at the diversity of specimens housed within our greenhouse. It's the first thing offering of specimens people encounter after passing through our gift shop and naturally we want to make an amazing first impression. Lately we've received so many new plants the greenhouse has literally been … Continue reading Greenhouse Update

What to do With All These Cuttings?

With new stock always coming into the nursery, it becomes a Tetris-like game of finding space to file away flats of fresh specimens. Making room usually involves a lot of consolidation and sometimes we can get creative in how we accomplish that. Recently we had to take a hard look at the space being taken … Continue reading What to do With All These Cuttings?

LACSS 2018 Drought Tolerant Plant Festival

The Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society (LACSS) is proud to announce its annual Drought Tolerant Plant Festival, to be held on Saturday, June 9 (9:00 – 4:00) and Sunday, June 10 (9:00 – 3:00) at the Sepulveda Garden Center in Encino. Since its beginning in 1935, LACSS has hosted an annual Cactus and Succulent Show, which is now … Continue reading LACSS 2018 Drought Tolerant Plant Festival

Haemanthus deformis Steals the Spotlight

Among dozens of other awe-inspiring show plants on display at last weekend's Sunset Succulent Society Cactus and Succulent Show,  Brian Gold's Haemanthus deformis spread it's leave wide to envelope attendee attention. Glowing green leaves splayed over the side of the staging pot and new growth could be seen tentatively making its way up from the center. Overall … Continue reading Haemanthus deformis Steals the Spotlight

The Show Plants of the 2018 Sunset Cactus and Succulent Sale

This past weekend at the Sunset Cactus and Succulent Show in Culver City saw tabletops filled with jaw dropping cactus and succulent specimens ranging from exotic Echeverias to killer Copiapoa. Our following photo gallery touches on some of our favorites from the weekend, offering inspiration to individuals looking to add something comparable to their own … Continue reading The Show Plants of the 2018 Sunset Cactus and Succulent Sale