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Succulent Purchase
updated: Mar 26, 2013, 3:40 PM

Where is the best place in town to take succulent cuttings, or to purchase some (not expensive) ?

I am have a succulent collection and want to obtain some more varieties.

Any advice on good spots ?

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 COMMENT 389846P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-26 04:09 PM

Oops. I think fruit stealing in California is a felony. Don't know about stealing pinches off succulents. I'm sure not going to aid and abet.

Check out ads on Craigslist. There are always people selling plants/succulents under "Farm & Garden." OR, go shop at Home Depot, the way I do. Lots of selection and the prices are LOW.


 COMMENT 389858 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-26 04:18 PM

The Devereux nursery is usually at the Farmer's Market on Sundays at Camino Real with cheap succulents. I'd also suggest talking to friends and seeing if you can swap some cuttings. There are also the neighborhood exchanges that people bring cuttings to...


 COMMENT 389862 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-26 04:22 PM

Home Improvement Center on Gutierrez Street has an awesome collection of succulents, many in reasonably priced 2-3" containers. Check them out!


 COMMENT 389868 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-26 04:33 PM

If a fruit-tree over hangs on a sidewalk you can pick it legally. There is even a website for Los Angeles for this.


 COMMENT 389872 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-26 04:36 PM

Terra Sol has a bunch of tiny pots (1") succulents (good prices, because they are so small). Ask around your friend circle - you may be surprised who has succulents, since even black thumbs can grow succulents. The neighborhood exchanges is an excellent suggestion!
Taking cuttings from someone without permission isn't right. If you like something you see growing on someone's property, ASK if you can take a cutting. Don't ever take without asking. I'm not sure about legal implications, but it's incredibly rude and you are stealing.


 COMMENT 389898 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-26 05:10 PM

Educate me. A succulent is a fruit?


 COMMENT 389937 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-26 06:18 PM

The Santa Barbara Cactus and Succulent Society has clipping exchanges at their regular meetings.


 BECKY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-26 06:49 PM

A succulent is NOT a fruit. It is a plant that stores water -- it is fat and juicy when full of water, just as fruit is succulent when it is ripe. If you type succulents into Google, you will see some examples. Most types of succulents grow easily from cuttings, so exchanges are a great way to get a bigger variety of plants.

And, seconding a comment above, please do NOT take plants or cuttings from someone elses yard without asking. We've had people do that to our bouganvillea hedge multiple times. I'm 99% likely to give you permission, but to just stop and start cutting away is downright rude.


 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-26 07:25 PM

OP, maybe we can get in touch through Edhat. It would be a great help to me, as my parents can't garden anymore. I will send an email to "Ed" to alert them that you may contact them and that I'd like to email you. I can provide both plants and cuttings.


 COMMENT 389986 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-26 07:34 PM

I agree with Becky... ask and more times than not you'll get permission with a smile. But help yourself and you'll just make someone real mad at you and they'll remember you too.


 COMMENT 390018 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-26 08:54 PM

986: this is a very good way to increase your bearded iris collection as well. Ring the doorbell and ask if you might have some starts sometime after bloon season. One nice lady gestured to the patch of tall light blue iris that ran the entire length of her sideyard: "Honey, you take all you want, right now. Do you need a shovel?"

30 years later, those iris have moved all over town! Go around now so you can see the colors you may like, then ask. Offer to trade something you've got--it's fun.


 COMMENT 390033P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-26 09:46 PM

One time, maybe 10 years ago, I put an ad in the Classified Attic: free pinches off my succulents. It was amazing how many people called and showed up. They took a lot, as I had a huge variety of plants. I just thought it would be nice to share.

Out of about 15 people, only two offered me anything in return. One man told me, "Anytime you need something heavy hauled, call me." He was a nice man. I never called him, but I thought it was great that he was so generous.


 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-26 10:06 PM

I don't think of Terra Sol's little succulents as cheap....pretty pricey. They have some lovely things, but bring a fat wallet.

There is a wholesale cactus and succulent nursery open to the public on Highway 126 in near Piru--Cactus Mart. Incredible selection, great prices. They also have great prices on ceramic pots, including the large glazed ones from Vietnam you see lots of places. It's a bit of a drive but so worth it.

Join the SB Cactus and Succulent Society! Or go to their meetings at Louise Lowry Davis center--first Friday of every month, 7:30 PM. Lots of cuttings to exchange, also potted plants. And their annual sale at MacKenzie Park is coming up May 5--many small plants at terrific prices, also some rarities. Plus it's fun!

Please don't pinch cuttings from houses without asking. Most people are happy to share, most succulents are pretty forgiving.


 COMMENT 390045P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 12:46 AM

I second Home Improvement Center's succulent selection. Their succulent gardener is great, there are lots to choose from and prices are good.


 COMMENT 390049 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 06:46 AM

Once upon a time there was Abby Gardens in Carp where Eye on your Wallet is now. Also outside Ojai was one. Both gone.

One of Great Britain's most well know gardeners would carry bumbershoot on garden tours; cuttings would somehow fall into the unbound inverted appliance.


 COMMENT 390050 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 07:01 AM

I have several succulent gardens around my house. They are mature and require a lot of cutting back or plant removal. I used to throw all the cuttings and unwanted plants in my recycle bin, but lately I just put them at the curb in a box labeled "free succulents". Every one of them has been taken after a day or two.


 COMMENT 390066 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 07:40 AM

I've compared prices everywhere and Terra Sol's succulent prices for their 2, 4, and 6 inch plants is comparable to Home Depot and any other place in town. Either way Terra Sol's selection is by far the best anywhere on the south coast. I usually go in on Fridays after they've received their fresh shipments.


 COMMENT 390220P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-27 12:09 PM

Santa Barbara Succulent Society


 COMMENT 390679P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-28 02:34 PM

Dessert Images still is open near Ojai in a new location. They have fantastic and unusual varieties. I'll 2nd or 3rd the reccomendation of Terra Sol for variety and low prices. Please patronize "local" businesses like Home Improvement and Terra Sol over big box operations that have no investment in our community. S. B. Cactus and Succulent Society and S.B. Co. Horticultural Society meetings have raffles and free exchanges of plants, mostly succulents. Don't help yourself to others plants without asking.


 COMMENT 390683P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-28 02:40 PM

Desert Images, 505 Prospect St., Oakview = excellent succulents. Only open 'til 4:00 weekdays and call for an appointment weekends.


 COMMENT 390948 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-29 12:18 PM

we are doing a ton of yard work around my house and the previous owners left the plants to grow for YEARS! lets just say i have thrown away more then i have given away if you want contact me and i can set you up for 20 bucks you can get as much as you can carry off my yard. i have tons of different types and some are as large as bushes!



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