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Learn the basics of succulents April 8

Master gardeners schedule free Zoom class

Succulents in pots
Succulents are easy-care plants, once their few needs are understood. Learn all about them in
an online class from the Sacramento County master gardeners. (Photo: Kathy Morrison)

You're probably aware that succulents have been leading the trends for plants the past few years. But do you know your Dudleya caespitosa from your Crassula muscosa ?

Gardeners who want to learn more about these intriguing, easy-care plants will want to sign up for a free lunchtime Zoom class scheduled 12:15 -1 p.m. Thursday, April 8.

"Get Sharp: Introduction to Cacti and Succulents" will be taught by UCCE Sacramento County master gardeners Andi MacDonald and Theresa Roberts. They plan the online class to include:

-- An overview of succulents including cacti and euphorbia.

-- The features that make them versatile plants to grow in containers and in the landscape.

-- Tips and demonstrations on essential care and cultivation practices.

-- Common problems and solutions.

-- Learn which varieties are well suited for the Sacramento area.

There is no cost, but registration is required. Register here . Students will receive a confirmation email and a link to the class. The Zoom session will open at noon and instruction will begin at 12:15 p.m.

Dudleya caespitosa, incidentally, is part of the large Dudleya family and a California native; one of its common names is sea lettuce. Crassula muscosa is known as watch chain plant.

To find out more from the Sacramento County master gardeners, including their many garden guides and tips, visit

-- Kathy Morrison


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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 5

Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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