- If you’re into collectible plants and one-of-a-kind, artist-designed pots, attend Cactus & Succulent Society Shows. Vendors offer succulents you won’t find elsewhere, and you’ll enjoy seeing how members display (“stage”) their own.
- Big box garden centers nationwide sell succulents. Ask when shipments arrive and visit soon afterwards to get the healthiest plants. Overwatering is a concern. I’ve come close to snatching hoses out of employees’ hands.
- If it’s been a while since you visited independently owned nurseries in your area, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover succulent treasures not widely available.
- Before buying, examine plants for signs of pest infestation (distorted growth), overwatering (soggy soil, squishy stems or leaves), sunburn (beige or brown patches), and pernicious weeds (like spurge and oxalis).
- When ordering online, request expedited shipping. Succulents need air and sunlight, and you don’t want your babies sitting in a frigid warehouse or an oven on wheels.
- If you’re looking for specific succulents, ask for them by their botanical names. Common names vary from nursery to nursery and region to region.
- Overgrown or potbound succulents can be a bonanza. Those that branch, such as many crassulas and kalanchoes, start readily from cuttings; simply snip and start. Certain agaves, haworthias and cactus-like euphorbias may have produced so many offsets from their roots, their pots are misshapen (woo-hoo)!
And speaking of recreational shopping, also enjoy my recent video starring America’s Succulent Sweetheart, Jeanne Meadow, whose world-class garden is featured in my newly released, second edition of Designing with Succulents ~