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Hot Succulents for your Garden and Home
Annual Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale
5050 SE STARK • Friday - Sunday • July 18-20 • 9:00-7:00pm

The term succulent is used to describe plants having some parts (leaves, roots, or stems) that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. But plants are not either succulent or non-succulent. Within the same genus and family there might be plants with thick leaves and normal stems as well as plants with very thickened and fleshy leaves or stems. So deciding what is a succulent is often arbitrary. “Succulent” is a term of description, not a category in formal plant classification.

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Succulent Definitions
  1. Cactus – Botanically, all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. (In other words, all cacti have the characteristic of retaining water in thickened and fleshy parts of their structure, but not all plants with succulent characteristics are classified as cacti.
  2. Sedum is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Crassulacae, members of which are commonly known as stonecrops. The genus has been described as containing up to 600 species of leaf that are found throughout the Northern Hemisphere varying from annual and creeping herbs to shrubs.
  3. Native Sedum – There are several stonecrops native to Oregon; not all are readily available in local nurseries, but there is a native Sedum for nearly every garden setting and are worth seeking out. All are fairly low-maintenance and carefree to grow, given some water and proper drainage. You can find more information on our Native Sedum (Stonecrop) Page.
  4. Evergreen Sedums, or stonecrops, are easy to grow given good drainage and adequate sun. They are economical because they grow quickly, and are simple to propagate. Plus they are outstanding performers in containers, pathways, parking strips and much more. Their durability with drought conditions and shallow soil has helped them become the stars of green roof and living wall designs. Their range of foliage color and texture make them perfect plants for living art such as hanging pictures, wreaths and much more. Read more on our feature page: Evergreen Sedum.
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Tender Succulents

Tender Succulents add an architecturally stylish look that is oh so easy! They love the heat and dry feet. No fuss, no muss with these eye-catching plants. Perfect for patio or deck pots.

Bring your tender succulents indoors in mid to late October. Position them in a south or west facing window or under a grow light for the winter. Bring them outdoors again in late May. Transition the plants from indoors to outdoors by putting them out during the day and bringing them in at night for a week.

You can also take cuttings of your tender succulents to make more for next year and share with friends. Each kind is propagated a little differently, but most are quite easy.

  • Unusual foliage provides fantastic color and texture to any planting
  • Super low maintenance
  • Drought tolerant, love heat
  • Fertilize once at planting!
  • Overwinter indoors or take cuttings in fall
  • Versatile - use in pots, hanging baskets, window boxes or in ground
  • Combine great with Agave, Libertia, Gazania, Celosia and so much more!
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Annual Cactus and Succulent Sale
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Cactus & Succulent Society

Every year we are thrilled to host the Cactus & Succulent Society's Sale. This is the time to pick up those unique succulents, you know, the ones that look downright alien!

Class Opportunity: Weird Plants: Cactus and Succulents with Luther Sturtevant of Kara Cactus

Wanna see some strange plants? Meet the succulents! Their charismatic and diverse paddles, spines, bumps and lumps can make interesting houseplants or additions to the garden. Luther will introduce you to a cast of odd and lovely plants and describe how to keep them healthy. This coincides with the Portland Cactus Society’s plant sale at Portland Nursery so if one of these oddballs knocks your socks off, you may find a neat specimen to take home, too!

5050 SE STARK • Saturday • July 19 • 11:00am.
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5050 SE STARK • Friday - Sunday • July 18-20 • 9:00-7:00pm
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Classes & Events
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Event & Class Listings
There are new classes all month long. They fill up quickly. Please REGISTER TODAY! We have done our best to only list available classes. See our Events Page for all class and event details.

Cactus & Succulent Society Show & Sale
5050 SE STARK • Friday - Sunday • July 18-20 • 9:00-7:00pm.

Weird Plants: Cactus and Succulents with Luther Sturtevant of Kara Cactus
5050 SE STARK • Saturday • July 19 • 11:00am.
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Fruit Tree Espalier Training and Maintenance with Monica Maggio of Core Home Fruit
5050 SE STARK • Sunday • July 20 • 11:00am.
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Controlling Pests/Diseases in the Vegetable Garden Organically with Claudia Groth, The Garden Doctor
9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • July 20 • 11:00-12:30pm.
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Using Plants to Create Privacy with Magi Treece of Living Structures
5050 SE STARK • Sunday • July 20 • 1:00pm.
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Herbs: A Look at the Carrot Family with Chef Dan Brophy
5050 SE STARK • Wednesday • July 23 • 5:30pm.
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Orchid Society Sale & Pot Up
5050 SE STARK • Saturday • July 26 • 10:00-4:00pm.

Tool Sharpening & Fundraiser
Come out July 26th from 9am-4pm to help us support our community and get your tools sharpened in one stop! Brian from 1 Sharptool-Edge Service will be at our Stark location sharpening tools to help raise money for the Sauvie Island Center, an organization that helps to educate kids about food, farming and the land.
Brian does anything from rusty pruners to the finest of laminated steel knives.
5050 SE STARK • Saturday • July 26 • 10:00-4:00pm.

Creating Cozy Cottage Gardens with Corina Reynolds-Stearns of Portland Nursery
5050 SE STARK • Saturday • July 26 • 1:00pm.
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Small Space Gardening with Paul Taylor, OCNP
9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • July 27 • 1:00-2:00pm.
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Getting Started with Mushroom Cultivation with Ryan Woolverton of Soul 2 Grow
5050 SE STARK • Sunday • July 27 • 1:00pm.
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