BIGFOOT grows thousands of cultivars of cacti and
other succulents adjoining the redwood rainforest in
Humboldt County, Northern California.
With over 60
inches of rain per season (November to May) and
humidity running 50% and up, Blue Lake is hardly prime
desert territory. At 41 degrees latitude and near sea
level, there are several freezing spells, a few
dipping into the mid-twenties. Summers tend to be
warm (60-80 degrees) and dry, although river fog is
common mornings and sometimes for stretches of days.
After starting seeds over bottom heat in February,
most seedlings are moved outside for keeps. Most
Opuntia, Echinopsis and Echinocereus and many types of
succulents are exposed to all the winter elements
(with good drainage) while the rest are kept outside
but dry (though the humidity is high). Any tropical
succulents are heated. In 3 to 5 years, they are
ready to sell as seedlings. Plants are grown hard to
make them tough and ornery, occasionally with slight
scars, without excessive shading (BIGFOOT uses 0-30%
shade-cloth in the summer) or feeding (BIGFOOT uses
mainly trace minerals derived from kelp meal).
slow, plants have to be efficient or die, and they
look more like their wild brethren than the bloated
succulents usually seen from typical commercial liner
production. Picky, habitat-specific seedlings die out
before they can be listed here.
BIGFOOT tries to aid
preservation through propagation and dissemination,
and does not sell field collected plants, only field
collected seed. If you live in the north above 37
degrees latitude and have difficulty acclimating
seedlings from southern, prime desert nurseries, try BIGFOOT.