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  • Instruction By Jeff Moore
    Notes This set of plant care for cactus and succulents in southern California is for Plants from the equatorial parts of the world. These include Pachypodium (Madagascar Palm), Adenium (Desert Rose) and many others. I consider these plants ‘fussy’ and have special needs. These plants don’t like to be cold and wet at all, therefore they don’t like our winters in Southern California. They like full sun and they need to by DRY during the winter. At Solana Succulents we only grow these plants in containers and they are almost treated as greenhouse plants. Feel free to call us at the shop (858)259-4568 for questions and plant availablity.
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Water

    They like full sun and they need to by DRY during the winter. At Solana Succulents we only grow these plants in containers and they are almost treated as greenhouse plants.
    2. Protect

    These plants must be out of the rain during winter – protected from water inside or outside in the winter is fine, cold seems to be fine, but cold and wet is “Muy Malo” (very bad).
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.
    February
    1. Water

    They like full sun and they need to by DRY during the winter. At Solana Succulents we only grow these plants in containers and they are almost treated as greenhouse plants.
    2. Protect

    These plants must be out of the rain during winter – protected from water inside or outside in the winter is fine, cold seems to be fine, but cold and wet is “Muy Malo” (very bad).
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.
    March
    1. Protect

    These plants must be out of the rain during winter – protected from water inside or outside in the winter is fine, cold seems to be fine, but cold and wet is “Muy Malo” (very bad).
    2. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.
    April
    1. Buy

    The best time to buy is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.
    2. Plant

    The best time to plant is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.
    3. Fertilize

    Sparingly and diluted – use any typical fertilizer at half strength a couple of times per year when the weather is warm, once in April or May and then again in August or September. Don’t feed during the winter when they are dormant.
    4. Water

    Every 7 – 10 days during the warm weather months when the plants are actively growing. Give a good drenching each watering, but be sure to let the plants dry out in between waterings. Lately there has been a lot of discussion about using 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar to 5 gallons of water to increase acidity, which helps roots better absorb nutrients.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.
    May
    1. Buy

    The best time to buy is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.
    2. Plant

    The best time to plant is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.
    3. Fertilize

    Sparingly and diluted – use any typical fertilizer at half strength a couple of times per year when the weather is warm, once in April or May and then again in August or September. Don’t feed during the winter when they are dormant.
    4. Water

    Every 7 – 10 days during the warm weather months when the plants are actively growing. Give a good drenching each watering, but be sure to let the plants dry out in between waterings. Lately there has been a lot of discussion about using 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar to 5 gallons of water to increase acidity, which helps roots better absorb nutrients.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.
    June
    1. Buy

    The best time to buy is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.
    2. Plant

    The best time to plant is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.
    3. Water

    Every 7 – 10 days during the warm weather months when the plants are actively growing. Give a good drenching each watering, but be sure to let the plants dry out in between waterings. Lately there has been a lot of discussion about using 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar to 5 gallons of water to increase acidity, which helps roots better absorb nutrients.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.
    July
    1. Buy

    The best time to buy is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.
    2. Plant

    The best time to plant is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.
    3. Water

    Every 7 – 10 days during the warm weather months when the plants are actively growing. Give a good drenching each watering, but be sure to let the plants dry out in between waterings. Lately there has been a lot of discussion about using 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar to 5 gallons of water to increase acidity, which helps roots better absorb nutrients.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.
    August
    1. Buy

    The best time to buy is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.
    2. Plant

    The best time to plant is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.
    3. Fertilize

    Sparingly and diluted – use any typical fertilizer at half strength a couple of times per year when the weather is warm, once in April or May and then again in August or September. Don’t feed during the winter when they are dormant.
    4. Water

    Every 7 – 10 days during the warm weather months when the plants are actively growing. Give a good drenching each watering, but be sure to let the plants dry out in between waterings. Lately there has been a lot of discussion about using 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar to 5 gallons of water to increase acidity, which helps roots better absorb nutrients.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.
    September
    1. Buy

    The best time to buy is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.
    2. Plant

    The best time to plant is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.
    3. Fertilize

    Sparingly and diluted – use any typical fertilizer at half strength a couple of times per year when the weather is warm, once in April or May and then again in August or September. Don’t feed during the winter when they are dormant.
    4. Water

    Every 7 – 10 days during the warm weather months when the plants are actively growing. Give a good drenching each watering, but be sure to let the plants dry out in between waterings. Lately there has been a lot of discussion about using 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar to 5 gallons of water to increase acidity, which helps roots better absorb nutrients.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.
    October
    1. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.
    November
    1. Water

    They like full sun and they need to by DRY during the winter. At Solana Succulents we only grow these plants in containers and they are almost treated as greenhouse plants.
    2. Protect

    These plants must be out of the rain during winter – protected from water inside or outside in the winter is fine, cold seems to be fine, but cold and wet is “Muy Malo” (very bad).
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.
    December
    1. Water

    They like full sun and they need to by DRY during the winter. At Solana Succulents we only grow these plants in containers and they are almost treated as greenhouse plants.
    2. Protect

    These plants must be out of the rain during winter – protected from water inside or outside in the winter is fine, cold seems to be fine, but cold and wet is “Muy Malo” (very bad).
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    April

    The best time to buy is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.

    May

    The best time to buy is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.

    June

    The best time to buy is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.

    July

    The best time to buy is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.

    August

    The best time to buy is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.

    September

    The best time to buy is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    April

    The best time to plant is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.

    May

    The best time to plant is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.

    June

    The best time to plant is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.

    July

    The best time to plant is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.

    August

    The best time to plant is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.

    September

    The best time to plant is in spring or summer when the weather is warm. You can get them anytime during the year, but they go dormant in the winter and don’t look as good.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    April

    Sparingly and diluted – use any typical fertilizer at half strength a couple of times per year when the weather is warm, once in April or May and then again in August or September. Don’t feed during the winter when they are dormant.

    May

    Sparingly and diluted – use any typical fertilizer at half strength a couple of times per year when the weather is warm, once in April or May and then again in August or September. Don’t feed during the winter when they are dormant.

    August

    Sparingly and diluted – use any typical fertilizer at half strength a couple of times per year when the weather is warm, once in April or May and then again in August or September. Don’t feed during the winter when they are dormant.

    September

    Sparingly and diluted – use any typical fertilizer at half strength a couple of times per year when the weather is warm, once in April or May and then again in August or September. Don’t feed during the winter when they are dormant.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    They like full sun and they need to by DRY during the winter. At Solana Succulents we only grow these plants in containers and they are almost treated as greenhouse plants.

    February

    They like full sun and they need to by DRY during the winter. At Solana Succulents we only grow these plants in containers and they are almost treated as greenhouse plants.

    April

    Every 7 – 10 days during the warm weather months when the plants are actively growing. Give a good drenching each watering, but be sure to let the plants dry out in between waterings. Lately there has been a lot of discussion about using 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar to 5 gallons of water to increase acidity, which helps roots better absorb nutrients.

    May

    Every 7 – 10 days during the warm weather months when the plants are actively growing. Give a good drenching each watering, but be sure to let the plants dry out in between waterings. Lately there has been a lot of discussion about using 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar to 5 gallons of water to increase acidity, which helps roots better absorb nutrients.

    June

    Every 7 – 10 days during the warm weather months when the plants are actively growing. Give a good drenching each watering, but be sure to let the plants dry out in between waterings. Lately there has been a lot of discussion about using 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar to 5 gallons of water to increase acidity, which helps roots better absorb nutrients.

    July

    Every 7 – 10 days during the warm weather months when the plants are actively growing. Give a good drenching each watering, but be sure to let the plants dry out in between waterings. Lately there has been a lot of discussion about using 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar to 5 gallons of water to increase acidity, which helps roots better absorb nutrients.

    August

    Every 7 – 10 days during the warm weather months when the plants are actively growing. Give a good drenching each watering, but be sure to let the plants dry out in between waterings. Lately there has been a lot of discussion about using 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar to 5 gallons of water to increase acidity, which helps roots better absorb nutrients.

    September

    Every 7 – 10 days during the warm weather months when the plants are actively growing. Give a good drenching each watering, but be sure to let the plants dry out in between waterings. Lately there has been a lot of discussion about using 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar to 5 gallons of water to increase acidity, which helps roots better absorb nutrients.

    November

    They like full sun and they need to by DRY during the winter. At Solana Succulents we only grow these plants in containers and they are almost treated as greenhouse plants.

    December

    They like full sun and they need to by DRY during the winter. At Solana Succulents we only grow these plants in containers and they are almost treated as greenhouse plants.

    Protect

    When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

    January

    These plants must be out of the rain during winter – protected from water inside or outside in the winter is fine, cold seems to be fine, but cold and wet is “Muy Malo” (very bad).

    February

    These plants must be out of the rain during winter – protected from water inside or outside in the winter is fine, cold seems to be fine, but cold and wet is “Muy Malo” (very bad).

    March

    These plants must be out of the rain during winter – protected from water inside or outside in the winter is fine, cold seems to be fine, but cold and wet is “Muy Malo” (very bad).

    November

    These plants must be out of the rain during winter – protected from water inside or outside in the winter is fine, cold seems to be fine, but cold and wet is “Muy Malo” (very bad).

    December

    These plants must be out of the rain during winter – protected from water inside or outside in the winter is fine, cold seems to be fine, but cold and wet is “Muy Malo” (very bad).

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    January

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.

    February

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.

    March

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.

    April

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.

    May

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.

    June

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.

    July

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.

    August

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.

    September

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.

    October

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.

    November

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.

    December

    Scale is public enemy #1, if infested you may need to treat with systemics. Other possible pests are mealy bugs, aphids or spider mites, you can treat for these insects with whatever you normally use to control insects. Plants grown inside seem to be more susceptible to infestation. Treat as needed.