Growing Resources

Dormancy Calendar

This group is generally regarded as the “summer growers”. They have adapted to our northern hemisphere cycle and are dormant from November through February. Many of these will also enter a pseudo rest period for a few weeks during the hottest part of the summer before putting on a final burst of growth in September and October.

Adenia
Adenium
Agave
Alluaudia
Brachystelm
Bursera
Calibanus
Ceropegia
Cissus
Cyphostemma
Didieria
Dorstenia
Echeveria

Encephalartos
Euphorbia
Ficus
Fockea
Huernia
Ibervillea
Ipomoea
Jathropha
Lithops
Monadenium
Moringa
Operculicarya
Pachypodium

Pedilanthus
Plumeria
Pseudolithos
Pterodiscus
Raphionacme
Siningia
Stapelianthus
Synadenium
Tillandsia
Trichocaulon
Trichodiadema
Xerosicyos

Usually referred to as the “winter growers”, these genera are dormant during the warmer months of May through August. Their primary growth actually occurs during autumn and spring while slowing considerably during true winter. Many will exhibit marginal growth during the summer months as well especially in the Lily and Crassulaceae families.

Adromischus
Aeonium
Aloe
Anacampseros
Astroloba
Avonia
Bowiea
Bulbine
Ceraria
Conophytum
Cotyledon
Crassula
Dioscorea

Dudleya
Fouqueria
Gasteria
Gibbaeum
Graptopetalum
Graptoveria
Haemanthus
Haworthia
Kalanchoe
Neohenricia
Othonna
Pachycormus
Pachyphytum

Pachyveria
Pelargonium
Peperomia
Portulacaria
Sansevieria
Sarcocaulon
Sedeveria
Sedum
Senecio
Stomatium
Talinum
Tylecodon

Water Wise Gardening

Colorado, along with much of the western United States, is in a drought. With native and hardy plants, you can build a drought resistant xeriscape garden. Below are links and information to keep your garden beautiful, while staying mindful of our environment.

Colorado’s Front Range receives an average of less than 15 inches of rain a year, making supplemental watering a necessity for most landscapes. More than half of the water used in homes is applied to landscapes.

That’s why landscaping for water conservation is so important.

By applying the principles of xeriscape, a landscape can be beautiful and diverse while using less water. Planning a landscape, improving the soil, choosing appropriate plants, and proper watering, mulching and maintenance all play a role in conserving water.

Plan and design a landscape before investing time and money. When a plan has been perfected, start a xeriscape by improving the soil. Mix organic material into the soil to make it rich and productive.

Choose water conserving types of grass, such as buffalo or blue grama. Mulched areas, decks and paths are alternatives to grass. Mulches cover the soil and minimize evaporation, reduce weeds and slow erosion.

Many beautiful plants that don’t require much water are available at local nursery or garden centers. After selecting plants, plan for their water needs. Developing a system that meets the different moisture requirements of each saves water.

Xeriscapes are low maintenance but do require some care.

Colorado State University

General Information

Cactus and Succulent Culture, a Beginning Guide

Succulent plants, including cacti, are among the most beautiful and bizarre in the entire plant kingdom.

Their distinctive, sometimes weird, adaptations for survival in hostile habitats endear these fascinating plants to a growing number of plant enthusiasts.

The tremendous diversity of succulent plants and their natural habitats makes their cultivation and care as much an art as a science. Growing many of them can be quite easy as long as their basic needs are satisfied. 

Even though many succulent plants originated in harsh and arid conditions, they still need a bit of tender, loving care to flourish and flower.  In general, most succulent plants do best with bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight, and high daytime temperature during their growing season.  Also required: a well-drained porous soil; properly regulated watering; occasional light fertilizing; a cool, dry rest period; and attention to possible pest problems.

Soil and Containers

Succulent plants, including cacti, are among the most beautiful and bizarre in the entire plant kingdom.

Their distinctive, sometimes weird, adaptations for survival in hostile habitats endear these fascinating plants

to a growing number of plant enthusiasts.

The tremendous diversity of succulent plants and their natural habitats makes their cultivation and care as

much an art as a science. Growing many of them can be quite easy as long as their basic needs are satisfied. 

Even though many succulent plants originated in harsh and arid conditions, they still need a bit of tender, loving care to flourish and flower.  In general, most succulent plants do best with bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight, and high daytime temperature during their growing season.  Also required: a well-drained porous soil; properly regulated watering; occasional light fertilizing; a cool, dry rest period; and attention to possible pest problems.

Light

Succulent plants, including cacti, are among the most beautiful and bizarre in the entire plant kingdom.

Their distinctive, sometimes weird, adaptations for survival in hostile habitats endear these fascinating plants

to a growing number of plant enthusiasts.

The tremendous diversity of succulent plants and their natural habitats makes their cultivation and care as

much an art as a science. Growing many of them can be quite easy as long as their basic needs are satisfied. 

Even though many succulent plants originated in harsh and arid conditions, they still need a bit of tender, loving care to flourish and flower.  In general, most succulent plants do best with bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight, and high daytime temperature during their growing season.  Also required: a well-drained porous soil; properly regulated watering; occasional light fertilizing; a cool, dry rest period; and attention to possible pest problems.

Water and Nutrients

Succulent plants, including cacti, are among the most beautiful and bizarre in the entire plant kingdom.

Their distinctive, sometimes weird, adaptations for survival in hostile habitats endear these fascinating plants

to a growing number of plant enthusiasts.

The tremendous diversity of succulent plants and their natural habitats makes their cultivation and care as

much an art as a science. Growing many of them can be quite easy as long as their basic needs are satisfied. 

Even though many succulent plants originated in harsh and arid conditions, they still need a bit of tender, loving care to flourish and flower.  In general, most succulent plants do best with bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight, and high daytime temperature during their growing season.  Also required: a well-drained porous soil; properly regulated watering; occasional light fertilizing; a cool, dry rest period; and attention to possible pest problems.

Temperature

Succulent plants, including cacti, are among the most beautiful and bizarre in the entire plant kingdom.

Their distinctive, sometimes weird, adaptations for survival in hostile habitats endear these fascinating plants

to a growing number of plant enthusiasts.

The tremendous diversity of succulent plants and their natural habitats makes their cultivation and care as

much an art as a science. Growing many of them can be quite easy as long as their basic needs are satisfied. 

Even though many succulent plants originated in harsh and arid conditions, they still need a bit of tender, loving care to flourish and flower.  In general, most succulent plants do best with bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight, and high daytime temperature during their growing season.  Also required: a well-drained porous soil; properly regulated watering; occasional light fertilizing; a cool, dry rest period; and attention to possible pest problems.

Pests

Succulent plants, including cacti, are among the most beautiful and bizarre in the entire plant kingdom.

Their distinctive, sometimes weird, adaptations for survival in hostile habitats endear these fascinating plants

to a growing number of plant enthusiasts.

The tremendous diversity of succulent plants and their natural habitats makes their cultivation and care as

much an art as a science. Growing many of them can be quite easy as long as their basic needs are satisfied. 

Even though many succulent plants originated in harsh and arid conditions, they still need a bit of tender, loving care to flourish and flower.  In general, most succulent plants do best with bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight, and high daytime temperature during their growing season.  Also required: a well-drained porous soil; properly regulated watering; occasional light fertilizing; a cool, dry rest period; and attention to possible pest problems.

Propagation

Succulent plants, including cacti, are among the most beautiful and bizarre in the entire plant kingdom.

Their distinctive, sometimes weird, adaptations for survival in hostile habitats endear these fascinating plants

to a growing number of plant enthusiasts.

The tremendous diversity of succulent plants and their natural habitats makes their cultivation and care as

much an art as a science. Growing many of them can be quite easy as long as their basic needs are satisfied. 

Even though many succulent plants originated in harsh and arid conditions, they still need a bit of tender, loving care to flourish and flower.  In general, most succulent plants do best with bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight, and high daytime temperature during their growing season.  Also required: a well-drained porous soil; properly regulated watering; occasional light fertilizing; a cool, dry rest period; and attention to possible pest problems.

Outdoor Cactus & Succulent Gardening

Succulent plants, including cacti, are among the most beautiful and bizarre in the entire plant kingdom.

Their distinctive, sometimes weird, adaptations for survival in hostile habitats endear these fascinating plants

to a growing number of plant enthusiasts.

The tremendous diversity of succulent plants and their natural habitats makes their cultivation and care as

much an art as a science. Growing many of them can be quite easy as long as their basic needs are satisfied. 

Even though many succulent plants originated in harsh and arid conditions, they still need a bit of tender, loving care to flourish and flower.  In general, most succulent plants do best with bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight, and high daytime temperature during their growing season.  Also required: a well-drained porous soil; properly regulated watering; occasional light fertilizing; a cool, dry rest period; and attention to possible pest problems.

Learn More and Get Involved

Succulent plants, including cacti, are among the most beautiful and bizarre in the entire plant kingdom.

Their distinctive, sometimes weird, adaptations for survival in hostile habitats endear these fascinating plants

to a growing number of plant enthusiasts.

The tremendous diversity of succulent plants and their natural habitats makes their cultivation and care as

much an art as a science. Growing many of them can be quite easy as long as their basic needs are satisfied. 

Even though many succulent plants originated in harsh and arid conditions, they still need a bit of tender, loving care to flourish and flower.  In general, most succulent plants do best with bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight, and high daytime temperature during their growing season.  Also required: a well-drained porous soil; properly regulated watering; occasional light fertilizing; a cool, dry rest period; and attention to possible pest problems.

What is a Succulent?

Succulent plants, including cacti, are among the most beautiful and bizarre in the entire plant kingdom.

Their distinctive, sometimes weird, adaptations for survival in hostile habitats endear these fascinating plants

to a growing number of plant enthusiasts.

The tremendous diversity of succulent plants and their natural habitats makes their cultivation and care as

much an art as a science. Growing many of them can be quite easy as long as their basic needs are satisfied. 

Even though many succulent plants originated in harsh and arid conditions, they still need a bit of tender, loving care to flourish and flower.  In general, most succulent plants do best with bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight, and high daytime temperature during their growing season.  Also required: a well-drained porous soil; properly regulated watering; occasional light fertilizing; a cool, dry rest period; and attention to possible pest problems.

What is a Cactus?

Succulent plants, including cacti, are among the most beautiful and bizarre in the entire plant kingdom.

Their distinctive, sometimes weird, adaptations for survival in hostile habitats endear these fascinating plants

to a growing number of plant enthusiasts.

The tremendous diversity of succulent plants and their natural habitats makes their cultivation and care as

much an art as a science. Growing many of them can be quite easy as long as their basic needs are satisfied. 

Even though many succulent plants originated in harsh and arid conditions, they still need a bit of tender, loving care to flourish and flower.  In general, most succulent plants do best with bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight, and high daytime temperature during their growing season.  Also required: a well-drained porous soil; properly regulated watering; occasional light fertilizing; a cool, dry rest period; and attention to possible pest problems.

Characteristics of Succulents

Succulent plants, including cacti, are among the most beautiful and bizarre in the entire plant kingdom.

Their distinctive, sometimes weird, adaptations for survival in hostile habitats endear these fascinating plants

to a growing number of plant enthusiasts.

The tremendous diversity of succulent plants and their natural habitats makes their cultivation and care as

much an art as a science. Growing many of them can be quite easy as long as their basic needs are satisfied. 

Even though many succulent plants originated in harsh and arid conditions, they still need a bit of tender, loving care to flourish and flower.  In general, most succulent plants do best with bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight, and high daytime temperature during their growing season.  Also required: a well-drained porous soil; properly regulated watering; occasional light fertilizing; a cool, dry rest period; and attention to possible pest problems.

Types of Succulents

Succulent plants, including cacti, are among the most beautiful and bizarre in the entire plant kingdom.

Their distinctive, sometimes weird, adaptations for survival in hostile habitats endear these fascinating plants

to a growing number of plant enthusiasts.

The tremendous diversity of succulent plants and their natural habitats makes their cultivation and care as

much an art as a science. Growing many of them can be quite easy as long as their basic needs are satisfied. 

Even though many succulent plants originated in harsh and arid conditions, they still need a bit of tender, loving care to flourish and flower.  In general, most succulent plants do best with bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight, and high daytime temperature during their growing season.  Also required: a well-drained porous soil; properly regulated watering; occasional light fertilizing; a cool, dry rest period; and attention to possible pest problems.

Where to Grow Succulents

Succulent plants, including cacti, are among the most beautiful and bizarre in the entire plant kingdom.

Their distinctive, sometimes weird, adaptations for survival in hostile habitats endear these fascinating plants

to a growing number of plant enthusiasts.

The tremendous diversity of succulent plants and their natural habitats makes their cultivation and care as

much an art as a science. Growing many of them can be quite easy as long as their basic needs are satisfied. 

Even though many succulent plants originated in harsh and arid conditions, they still need a bit of tender, loving care to flourish and flower.  In general, most succulent plants do best with bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight, and high daytime temperature during their growing season.  Also required: a well-drained porous soil; properly regulated watering; occasional light fertilizing; a cool, dry rest period; and attention to possible pest problems.

Growing Succulents in a Greenhouse or Sun Room

Succulent plants, including cacti, are among the most beautiful and bizarre in the entire plant kingdom.

Their distinctive, sometimes weird, adaptations for survival in hostile habitats endear these fascinating plants

to a growing number of plant enthusiasts.

The tremendous diversity of succulent plants and their natural habitats makes their cultivation and care as

much an art as a science. Growing many of them can be quite easy as long as their basic needs are satisfied. 

Even though many succulent plants originated in harsh and arid conditions, they still need a bit of tender, loving care to flourish and flower.  In general, most succulent plants do best with bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight, and high daytime temperature during their growing season.  Also required: a well-drained porous soil; properly regulated watering; occasional light fertilizing; a cool, dry rest period; and attention to possible pest problems.

Growing Succulents in the Home

Succulent plants, including cacti, are among the most beautiful and bizarre in the entire plant kingdom.

Their distinctive, sometimes weird, adaptations for survival in hostile habitats endear these fascinating plants

to a growing number of plant enthusiasts.

The tremendous diversity of succulent plants and their natural habitats makes their cultivation and care as

much an art as a science. Growing many of them can be quite easy as long as their basic needs are satisfied. 

Even though many succulent plants originated in harsh and arid conditions, they still need a bit of tender, loving care to flourish and flower.  In general, most succulent plants do best with bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight, and high daytime temperature during their growing season.  Also required: a well-drained porous soil; properly regulated watering; occasional light fertilizing; a cool, dry rest period; and attention to possible pest problems.

Fundamentals of Growing Succulents

Succulent plants, including cacti, are among the most beautiful and bizarre in the entire plant kingdom.

Their distinctive, sometimes weird, adaptations for survival in hostile habitats endear these fascinating plants

to a growing number of plant enthusiasts.

The tremendous diversity of succulent plants and their natural habitats makes their cultivation and care as

much an art as a science. Growing many of them can be quite easy as long as their basic needs are satisfied. 

Even though many succulent plants originated in harsh and arid conditions, they still need a bit of tender, loving care to flourish and flower.  In general, most succulent plants do best with bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight, and high daytime temperature during their growing season.  Also required: a well-drained porous soil; properly regulated watering; occasional light fertilizing; a cool, dry rest period; and attention to possible pest problems.

Growing Succulents in the Yard

Succulent plants, including cacti, are among the most beautiful and bizarre in the entire plant kingdom.

Their distinctive, sometimes weird, adaptations for survival in hostile habitats endear these fascinating plants

to a growing number of plant enthusiasts.

The tremendous diversity of succulent plants and their natural habitats makes their cultivation and care as

much an art as a science. Growing many of them can be quite easy as long as their basic needs are satisfied. 

Even though many succulent plants originated in harsh and arid conditions, they still need a bit of tender, loving care to flourish and flower.  In general, most succulent plants do best with bright light, not necessarily direct sunlight, and high daytime temperature during their growing season.  Also required: a well-drained porous soil; properly regulated watering; occasional light fertilizing; a cool, dry rest period; and attention to possible pest problems.