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Plant Care Instructions By Jeff Moore

This set of plant care instructions for landscape cactus and succulents in southern California. These include Aloes, Agaves, Crassula, Sedum, Euporbia and much more. These cactus and succulents are usually easy to grow and relatively care free. We prefer to plant them in the ground in very well drained soil. In most instances we don’t fertilize these plants when they are growing in the ground. Most of these can also be grown in containers, the care is basically the same (although you may want to fertilize potted plants).

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 21, 22, 23, 24
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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. Buy

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.
    2. Plant

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.
    3. Water

    We don’t usually water in the winter except if there’s a combination of no rain and Santa Ana winds. We don’t usually have to use our hose to water from Thanksgiving to Valentines Day.
    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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. Treat as needed.
    February
    1. Buy

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.
    2. Plant

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.
    3. Water

    We don’t usually water in the winter except if there’s a combination of no rain and Santa Ana winds. We don’t usually have to use our hose to water from Thanksgiving to Valentines Day.
    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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. Treat as needed.
    March
    1. Buy

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.
    2. Plant

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.
    3. Water

    We don’t usually water in the winter except if there’s a combination of no rain and Santa Ana winds. We don’t usually have to use our hose to water from Thanksgiving to Valentines Day.
    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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. Treat as needed.
    April
    1. Buy

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.
    2. Plant

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.
    3. Fertilize

    We don’t fertilize plants grown in the ground, but for plants growing in containers you can fertilize sparingly and diluted. You can 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. Good drainage is very important. If you’re growing this plant in a container 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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. Treat as needed.
    May
    1. Buy

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.
    2. Plant

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.
    3. Fertilize

    We don’t fertilize plants grown in the ground, but for plants growing in containers you can fertilize sparingly and diluted. You can 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. Good drainage is very important. If you’re growing this plant in a container 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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. Treat as needed.
    June
    1. Buy

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.
    2. Plant

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.
    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. Good drainage is very important. If you’re growing this plant in a container 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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. Treat as needed.
    July
    1. Buy

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.
    2. Plant

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.
    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. Good drainage is very important. If you’re growing this plant in a container 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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. Treat as needed.
    August
    1. Buy

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.
    2. Plant

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.
    3. Fertilize

    We don’t fertilize plants grown in the ground, but for plants growing in containers you can fertilize sparingly and diluted. You can 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. Good drainage is very important. If you’re growing this plant in a container 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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. Treat as needed.
    September
    1. Buy

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.
    2. Plant

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.
    3. Fertilize

    We don’t fertilize plants grown in the ground, but for plants growing in containers you can fertilize sparingly and diluted. You can 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. Good drainage is very important. If you’re growing this plant in a container 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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. Treat as needed.
    October
    1. Buy

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.
    2. Plant

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.
    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. Good drainage is very important. If you’re growing this plant in a container 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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. Treat as needed.
    November
    1. Buy

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.
    2. Plant

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.
    3. Water

    We don’t usually water in the winter except if there’s a combination of no rain and Santa Ana winds. We don’t usually have to use our hose to water from Thanksgiving to Valentines Day.
    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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. Treat as needed.
    December
    1. Buy

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.
    2. Plant

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.
    3. Water

    We don’t usually water in the winter except if there’s a combination of no rain and Santa Ana winds. We don’t usually have to use our hose to water from Thanksgiving to Valentines Day.
    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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. 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!

    January

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.

    February

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.

    March

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.

    April

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.

    May

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.

    June

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.

    July

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.

    August

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.

    September

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.

    October

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.

    November

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.

    December

    These plants can be purchased anytime of the year in southern California. Call our store for specific availability 858 259-4568.

    Plant

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

    January

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.

    February

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.

    March

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.

    April

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.

    May

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.

    June

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.

    July

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.

    August

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.

    September

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.

    October

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.

    November

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.

    December

    The best time to plant is in Spring or Fall, but mostly anytime is fine during Southern California.

    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

    We don’t fertilize plants grown in the ground, but for plants growing in containers you can fertilize sparingly and diluted. You can 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

    We don’t fertilize plants grown in the ground, but for plants growing in containers you can fertilize sparingly and diluted. You can 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

    We don’t fertilize plants grown in the ground, but for plants growing in containers you can fertilize sparingly and diluted. You can 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

    We don’t fertilize plants grown in the ground, but for plants growing in containers you can fertilize sparingly and diluted. You can 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

    We don’t usually water in the winter except if there’s a combination of no rain and Santa Ana winds. We don’t usually have to use our hose to water from Thanksgiving to Valentines Day.

    February

    We don’t usually water in the winter except if there’s a combination of no rain and Santa Ana winds. We don’t usually have to use our hose to water from Thanksgiving to Valentines Day.

    March

    We don’t usually water in the winter except if there’s a combination of no rain and Santa Ana winds. We don’t usually have to use our hose to water from Thanksgiving to Valentines Day.

    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. Good drainage is very important. If you’re growing this plant in a container 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. Good drainage is very important. If you’re growing this plant in a container 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. Good drainage is very important. If you’re growing this plant in a container 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. Good drainage is very important. If you’re growing this plant in a container 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. Good drainage is very important. If you’re growing this plant in a container 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. Good drainage is very important. If you’re growing this plant in a container 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.

    October

    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. Good drainage is very important. If you’re growing this plant in a container 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

    We don’t usually water in the winter except if there’s a combination of no rain and Santa Ana winds. We don’t usually have to use our hose to water from Thanksgiving to Valentines Day.

    December

    We don’t usually water in the winter except if there’s a combination of no rain and Santa Ana winds. We don’t usually have to use our hose to water from Thanksgiving to Valentines Day.

    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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. 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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. 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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. 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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. 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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. 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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. 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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. 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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. 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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. 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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. 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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. 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 (Ants imply that there are) or spider mites, Aloes also get Aloe 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, plants outside usually do better. Treat as needed.

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