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Succulents of all kinds are easy to use in crafts and projects; find the latest weird and wonderful ways to plant these tough yet beautiful plants in odd and unusual displays.

Growing them in containers or in gardens doesn't mean you'll be glued to the garden hose; they don't need lots of water.

Low maintenance doesn't mean dull; you'll see lots of fun ideas and ways to use drought tolerant plants in your garden.

These are new or updated pages; nothing but the most current releases here!

Oct 20, 2017

Mulching - best mulches for weed control & soil moisture

Mulching is one of the best ways to control weeds and also retain soil moisture; for xeriscapers this is a no brainer...

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Oct 18, 2017

More Succulent Identification Solved; the puzzling mystery

More Succulent Identification Solved; the puzzling mystery of these plants identity is solved, and they now have a name; this is the best way to find out how to take care of them...

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Oct 17, 2017

caterpillar and spider plants

I came back from vacation of 2 weeks and the beautiful spider plant in my office was dead, there was round dirt all over the window sill and beyond. Then

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Oct 17, 2017

Succulant In A Bottle

For several years I've been creating planters out of things that people throw away. I consider it my way of recycling. I don't go threw garbage. I live

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Oct 17, 2017

Fun and Interesting Succulent Planters - Pottery, Ceramic and Glass

Pottery, Ceramic and Glass Succulent Planters - Fun and Interesting Ideas...

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Oct 15, 2017

Stem with Small Thorns

One thick stalk with little thorns on little bumps/ridges with roughly 10 leaves sprouting from the bumps/ridges near the top. About 4 inches tall.

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Oct 15, 2017

Senecio stapeliformis

Senecio stapeliformis - snake like textured succulent

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Oct 15, 2017

A friend asked me what this is. I haven’t come across it. It reminded me a little of ceropegia but wrong colour and thicker stems

It’s a red colour with round shiny red leaves? Trailing

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Oct 14, 2017

Succulents in Enamel Ware

Rustic and Unique Containers for Succulent Plants Planting succulents in enamel ware will give you an endlessly different look for your garden. Vintage

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Oct 14, 2017

Hypertufa Planters for Succulents

Succulents love Hypertufa Planters...

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Oct 12, 2017

Identifying a Succulent - Aloe of some sort?

The succulent in question has a fleshy stem from which the leaves project. The long narrow leaves have spiky margins and the leaves taper to points.

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Oct 12, 2017

HUGE Hibiscus

So I got a tiny Hibiscus seedling at a Horticulture show last January. It's in a pretty big pot on a lanai - good sun etc..etc.. I water it almost everyday

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Oct 12, 2017

What's in this gorgeous succulent planter - I want one!

This is a picture that I've seen several times on the internet, and I think it's one of Thomas Hobbs fabulous planters. I really want to know what the

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Oct 12, 2017

Dish Gardening - planting in a bowl

Bowl plantings - Dish Gardening...

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Oct 11, 2017

Buy This Site - a website about succulents

Buy This Site and grow your own succulent gardening business...

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Oct 11, 2017

Stalk with white leaves

Hello! I recently bought this at a nursery that sells orchids, succulents, cacti, etc. The owner said it was very rare and told me a name for it.. Devil's

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Oct 09, 2017

Fleshy leaves, long woody stems

Hello, I'd be grateful if you could help me identify this plant which I photographed hanging down from a balcony in London. It was at least two metres

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Oct 08, 2017

Succulents from Germany

I was gifted these succulents from Germany (southeast Germany- nearest town Bodenmais). I am in LOVE with them and want to make sure I take fantastic

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Oct 08, 2017

New succulents

Hello! I got these as favors from a wedding and am not sure what either of them are. The blackish purple one looks dead, but has a little bit of green

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Oct 08, 2017

Best Fertilizer for Succulents - resource of safe choices

Best Fertilizer for Succulents - a resource of safe choices

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Oct 06, 2017

Crassula or maybe not.

I bought this succulent, thinking it's Crassula Coccinea but after it started growing taller, the plant started leaning towards the ground and it's producing

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Oct 06, 2017

Daisy-like flowers which open and close.

This plant has been my pride and joy all summer. It has bloomed constantly and is really easy to care for. Even now in October it´s producing new flower

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Oct 05, 2017

Clueless!! Help with Bert and Ernie

Large broad leaves kind of scalloped on the edges. One has pretty red flowers the other yellow. I am woefully ignorant about ALL plants. I hope you can

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Oct 03, 2017

Overwintering Geraniums - tips and methods

Learn the tips and techniques for successfully Overwintering Geraniums...

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Oct 01, 2017

Green Rose-shaped Succulent

Bought this at Home Depot, it has long leaves with a pointed tip. Each bud is rose shaped

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Sep 30, 2017

We are having a contest and I need help

My group is having a contest (its okay to ask for help with ID) and this plant looks like it would be a succulent but I have not seen it before. The prize

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Sep 30, 2017

Drought Tolerant Plants - water wise & low maintenance landscaping

Drought Tolerant Plants can add a lush and luxurious look to your garden, xeric or not...

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Sep 29, 2017

Could this be a Begonia or a Peperomia

Unable to find a name or photo. Plant has pink fuzzy stems with striped leaves. The color in photo seems to be showing more pink but it is not exactly

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Sep 29, 2017

White Specs/Crystals on Hens and Chicks - Wont go away - Aphids?

Hello There, Thank you for the help in advance. I have two hens and chicks plants that I believe have been infected by aphids. I learned this based on

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Sep 28, 2017

Blue in the Garden - my favorite color

Blue in the Garden - using my favorite color...

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Sep 26, 2017


Ice Plant, Mesembryanthemum

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Sep 26, 2017

Unknown succulent - variegated leaves

Variegated leaves, almost perfectly symmetrical pattern. Leaves seem to be shaped to channel water to the base of the plant.

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Sep 26, 2017

Aptenia cordifolia 'Variegata'

Aptenia cordifolia 'Variegata', baby sunrose

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Sep 26, 2017

Pleiospilos nelii

I purchased a split rock plant in a 2 last month. it is now in bloom and just wonderful except I noticed that the outer 'stones' are shriveling up; is

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Sep 26, 2017

Small round whiskery plant

Small( about 2 1/2 inches), roundish, light green, hairy with long off white whiskers. Bought @ an OSH 2 days ago and noticing holes appearing on it's

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Sep 26, 2017

Sanseveria - Snake Plant, or Mother In Laws Tongue

The Sanseveria, once so popular as a strikingly vertical accent was lost, but now has been rediscovered

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Sep 26, 2017

Flowering Sansevieria

I have a Mother-in-law plant that bloomed last year and again this year. I took pics. I browsed online because everyone told me theirs never bloomed.

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Sep 25, 2017


Cryptanthus, or Earth Star - striped leaves

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Sep 25, 2017

Succulent with tiny, fleshy leaves

Hi, I have a plant in my conservatory that I brought home from the mediterranean a couple of year ago. It has now grown and started to fill a whole pot

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Sep 25, 2017

I think it's a succulent...

I got it as a gift and it is dying. It has long, thick leaves which are spread out awkwardly over the edge of the pot. The longest leaves are probably

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Sep 25, 2017

What is This with Chubby, Grape-Like Leaves?

This rubbery little plant has chubby, grape-like leaves that pop when you squeeze them. When opened, the fluid inside the leaves is clear, they smell

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Sep 24, 2017

clusters of scalloped leaves, long creeping stems

This was labeled a Crassula when I bought it, but it doesn't seem quite like a jade to me. Those scalloped leaves? Is that jade-like? It grew so much

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Sep 24, 2017

Brown black prince

Hello, my black prince is getting soft and brown. It used to be really pretty and sturdy. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. It may be because of too much

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Sep 23, 2017

help id this sick looking plant and cactus

This plant needs help but what is it and what care does it need? Older cactus was repotted and now seems to be dying. brown and splitting.

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Sep 23, 2017

Spring Flowering Bulbs - plan ahead for spring color

Plan ahead for spring color with Spring Flowering Bulbs...

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Sep 23, 2017

Crocuses - those welcome harbingers of spring

If you do nothing else this fall, plant Crocuses...

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Sep 22, 2017

too tall succulent?

It seems this succulent is reaching but it has just started this and I'm not sure it should be so tall. Bottom leaves have brown tips.

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Sep 21, 2017

Can't identify this weed/plant

Not sure what this is, but I don't want to treat it as a weed if it isn't. Doesn't seem to match any of the known weeds I've searched for. I live in Northern

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Sep 20, 2017

Succulent with fleshy beaver tail shaped leaves

This mystery succulent has thick fleshy large leave, which in my opinion are beavertail shaped. Each leaf growing from the stem seems to hug the stem.

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