我喜欢参加植物园举办的植物销售活动. Why? Because you can often find the newest plants (even hard to find ones) at them. Of course, you can also find old favorites as well.
Succulents, including cacti are a great way to add texture and interest to the garden at a fraction of the maintenance and water that other plants require. However, they tend to be more expensive than shrubs, vines, and perennials. 但是，别担心——我在这里用这些小窍门来帮你省钱。
Shopping for Succulents
Why? 几乎所有种类的龙舌兰都会在生命末期开花，然后死亡. That is what agave do.
Flowering is triggered by the age of the agave. In addition, 不同种类的龙舌兰存活的时间不同——有些存活不到10年. If you buy a 15-gallon or larger boxed agave – it is safe to assume that they are much older then those in smaller pots and will flower and die much sooner.
So my advice is to purchase agave in 1 or 5-gallon sizes – they will last much longer and you’ll save a lot of money.
Better yet, ask a friend or neighbor for a volunteer (pup) from their agave. 许多龙舌兰品种产生了可以移植的志愿者. To learn how, click here.
Columnar cacti are beautiful, but expensive. The price is usually based on the height of the cactus. 仙人掌的价格是根据每英尺的高度加上每只手臂的高度计算的.
The price for a 1 ft. 图腾柱仙人掌售价48美元.
The reason that I recommend starting out with a smaller columnar cactus such as Mexican Fence Post (Pachycereus marinatus) or ‘Monstrose’ Totem Pole (Lophocereus schottii Monstrose) is that they will begin to grow at a faster rate once planted in the ground.
Many columnar types of cacti grow faster in the landscape then in the wild due to the presence of water – that includes saguaro cacti as well.
Like agave, you can start some species of columnar cacti from cuttings.
I planted this Mexican Fence Post cactus in my garden 11 years ago. 它开始是一个客户给我从他们的大仙人掌2英尺切割.
Look how much it has grown! You can ask a neighbor or friend if they would mind you taking a stem (or pad) off of their cactus so you can start your own.
许多仙人掌可以从扦插开始. Simply take a piece of cacti, and place it in a dry, shady spot for two weeks and then plant it in the ground or in a pot. Wait a month before watering. 对于一棵新的仙人掌，最好是在第一年每个月浇一次水.
3. Plant it yourself
If you hadn’t noticed, many succulents are prickly. 所以，计划好如何种植是一个好主意. 决定你是可以自己种植还是需要雇人来为你种植.
对于小仙人掌，你可以用毛巾帮助你种植它们而不会被刺痛. See how here.
对于较大的仙人掌，你可以使用地毯或橡胶带. But when in doubt about whether you can plant it yourself, hire an expert.
*Years ago, 作为一名高尔夫球场园艺师, 我曾经把泰迪熊的全菜仙人掌(Opuntia bigelovii)从原本要建的地方移植过来. I would use rubber straps to carry the cholla and regular kitchen tongs to pick up the pieces that dropped off. 然后我会把它们放在其他地方.
Often, not all plants will meet the high standards of the nursery. Sometimes, 这可能只是表面上的损伤, but occasionally you will see a succulent that has not been watered correctly or placed in too much or too little sun.
This can be a great way to save money and provide a little TLC to new succulents. Research online how to care for that particular plant and soon you will have a healthy succulent growing in your garden that cost you a lot less.