Plant Care & Resources

Succulents & Cacti

Why are more and more people choosing succulents over other plants? Quite simply: they’re exotic and hard to kill. Succulents vary in their beautiful shapes, colors, and blossoms, and are perfect for any environment and occasion.

Succulents are very easy to care for, and are extremely adaptable. From intense sunshine to the temperate coastal climate, these beautiful plants can easily find a niche in your garden. They need lots of sunlight, but also like indirect light, which means that  you can actually keep them as houseplants.  Succulents should be watered no more than 2-3 times a month or when the soil has dried out completely.

To really make your succulent thrive, correct soil mix is key. Soil for growing these plants must provide excellent drainage without excessive organic matter content. Cactus and succulent soil is recommended as its coarse nature allows for rapid draining.

To fertilize, use a low-nitrogen, slow-release fertilizer in the early spring and summer, and simply leave them alone during the dormant period (November-March). Some fertilizer brands we recommend are Cactus Juice or Schultz Cactus Plus. Both are sold at Pismo Bob’s. Whatever you do, stay away from Miracle Gro. For these unique plants, it has way too much nitrogen.

Repotting should be an annual or bi-annual event depending on the succulent. Many are slow-growing, so don’t be shocked if your succulent doesn’t immediately “take off.”  Container gardening is the easiest way to grow succulents if the yard isn’t an option, and makes for convenient relocation in the future. While low-maintenance, they certainly benefit from regular watering, fertilizing, and removal of shriveled foliage.

The best thing about succulents is that you don’t have to be an expert gardener to be a succulent master. They are practically self-sufficient and a beautiful addition to any landscape or interior environment!

Pismo Bob’s cultivates a wide variety of exotic succulents and cacti, with prices starting as low as $2.99. Our stock changes frequently, so please stop by to browse our current selection.

For more information on care and detailed species information, we recommend these websites:


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Pismo Bob loves palm trees and loves to share his vast knowledge and expertise about these classic California gems with those around him. He recommends that you come in to the store and talk to him if you’re looking for just the right fertilizer or potting soil. However, if you have just a quick question, the answer probably lies in one of  the link below.

The power of the web, my friends:

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Green Living Press

The entire staff at Pismo Bob’s (that is, the Pringle family) is committed to having a sustainable business model. We re-use paper and plastic bags that people give us, and we recycle more than we dump. 

We encourage our customers to go green, and recommend Green Living Press as the best source to learn more about the eco-friendly lifestyle. Green Living Press is a locally operated, non-profit blog.

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