A few years ago there was this huge surge in succulent popularity. From dainty glass globes to giant wall planters, succulents were finding their way into every home and over-priced loft in the Bay Area.
But when you grow up in Southern California, succulents are ubiquitous. Everyone has them. It was common to see massive agaves growing wild by the roadside, and when the weather was just right, they'd send up these spectacular flower spikes that looked like flag poles.
Old Man Kalanchoe
In my garden, there's an Oak Leaf kalanchoe that's 20+ years old. The branches are all gnarled and twisted, with some over 4 feet long. At this age new leaves only grow on the ends and the branches get top-heavy. Last year, I finally had to install some steel supports so they wouldn't snap.
Although it's been in the same 12" pot for the entire time AND seen more neglect than not, this ancient kalanchoe is still going strong.
Ahhh, neglect – the dirty little secret to succulent success.
Best Succulents in the Bay Area
And if you're in Southern California, stop by Roger's Gardens for the ultimate botanical experience.
Snake Aloe - Aloe broomii
Tiger Jaws - Faucaria tigrina
Mexican Snowball - Echeveria elegans
Silken Pincushion Cactus - Mammillaria bombycina
Butterfly Agave - Agave potatorum
Oak Leaf - Kalanchoe beharensis
Easter Lily Cactus - Echinopsis subdenudata