Our plants are all growing like mad (the ones that are summer
growers of course) and the cactus blooms are unbelievable
daily. Epiphylums have come and gone and the other cacti are
really showing off
The most spectacular blooms at this time of year are the
Agaves and Yuccas. Their incredible bloom stalks rise up 20
feet and more above the tops of the plants. Our "Plant
of the Month" for this period are the Yuccas. They are
putting on a terrific show, both in our garden as well as
in nature. With the record rainfall that Southern California
experienced this past winter, all of the native plants are
growing at a far faster rate than normally. The local Yuccas
have out done themselves.
Pay attention to your plants. Many of them will not want
any water at all when the temperature goes above 100 deg.
F. The technical term for this unusual phenomonon is CAM of
Crassulacean Acid Metabolism which allows the plants that
use it to shut down their functions with the outside world
when temperatures reach more than 100 deg F. Overwatering
in this period can cause your plants to rot.
Events in the
Cactus & Succulent World,