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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!

Apr 23, 2017

The Worst Reason to Buy a Succulent Plant

The Worst Reason to Buy a Succulent Plant...

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Apr 18, 2017

My SBI! Story; Webmaster of my own domains

Learning how to build my own websites; my SBI! Story; or, how I learned about the world wide web, and figured out how to navigate it

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Apr 18, 2017

My New Normal - learning to adapt to my disability

My New Normal - adapting to my disability, and learning that it's not all bad...

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Apr 17, 2017

Rain Chain - beautify your rain water harvesting system

A Rain Chain is one way to make your rain water harvesting system beautiful; make your own with some thrift store finds or rustic salvage for a unique garden accent

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Apr 16, 2017

Sempervivum - Jewels of the Xeriscape Garden

Sempervivum are hardy succulents that will take your breath away with their beauty, texture and color

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Apr 15, 2017

Diatomaceous Earth - tiny fossilized sea creatures

Diatomaceous Earth is one of the best natural pest controls there is; and it's completely safe for the environment, not so much for the bugs in your garden...

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Apr 13, 2017

Why Should I Start a Succulent Plant Business?

Why Should I Start a Succulent Plant Business? What are the benefits?

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Apr 13, 2017

Start Your Own Succulent Plant Business; learn how here...

Start Your Own Succulent Plant Business; growing succulents for profit...

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Apr 13, 2017

Mystery plants - maybe kalanchoe

Hi! I'd love your help identifying these lovely plants! The one on the right has a rounded stem and serrated VERY reproductive leaves. I grew it from

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Apr 11, 2017

Succulent Identification Chart - find your unknown plant here

Use the Succulent Identification Chart to find your unknown succulents; puzzling over their names and how to care for them?

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Apr 11, 2017

Learn Xeriscape Gardening - your drought tolerant paradise awaits

Xeriscape Gardening; low water, but lush and beautiful gardens? How is this possible?

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Apr 09, 2017

Desert Plants - succulent, fat & sassy - drought smart plants with attitude

Desert Plants originate in some of the most hostile environments on earth, which explains why they are so tough and reliable; decide if your garden needs some of the hardiest plants in the world...

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Apr 05, 2017

My Sponsors on Drought Smart Plants

Sponsors on Drought Smart Plants - an important part of the website...

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Mar 30, 2017

Succulent Care in Canada - products for growing your succulent plants

Succulent Care in Canada - products for growing your succulent plants...

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Mar 25, 2017

Succulent Wedding - are you ready for yours?

Your Succulent Wedding will delight and amaze your guests; these are the most flexible and accommodating plants to use, and they look just like flowers

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Mar 23, 2017

Advertise on Drought Smart Plants

Advertise on Drought Smart Plants - use the media kit to make a decision

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Mar 22, 2017

Debra Lee Baldwin - succulent plant maven and author

Debra Lee Baldwin is a household name in the succulent plant world; read my interview with her...

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Mar 21, 2017

Containers for Succulents - rustic, classic, rugged, funky or salvaged

Containers for Succulents; rustic salvage planters; sleekly classic urns; funky hypertufa or rugged natural materials; it's all fair game when planting succulents...

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Mar 19, 2017

Succulent Plant Business E-Book - your manual for microbusiness success

Your manual for microbusiness success - the Succulent Plant Business E-Book...

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Mar 17, 2017

How to Grow Echeveria - a few simple rules for the most gorgeous Echeveria ever

How to Grow Echeveria; find out the secrets, tips and hints from a Certified Horticulturist; these plants are some of the most beautiful of all succulent plants...

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Mar 17, 2017

Xeria E-Zine - keep up to date with all the latest trends in growing succulents

Xeria E-Zine; stay up to date with all the news & announcements from Drought Smart Plants...

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Mar 16, 2017

Succulent Care - light, soil and cultivation requirements

Succulent Care tips and instructions for caring for succulents; how to grow your favorite plants successfully...

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Mar 16, 2017

Basic Succulent Care Sheet - a free download

Get your free download of the Basic Succulent Care Sheet...

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Mar 16, 2017

Succulent Crafts E-Course - find out how to make unique succulent crafts

Enroll now in the Succulent Crafts E-Course - 10 installments of unique and unusual crafts, full tutorials

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Mar 15, 2017

Deflated Cactus

My golden barrel cactus looks as if it's deflated, I tried looking into this but I got varying answers, too much water, not enough water, not engough sunlight,

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Mar 15, 2017

Why Is My Succulent Dusty? What is that stuff?

What is that stuff? Why Is My Succulent Dusty?

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Mar 14, 2017

How to Grow Thyme - best tips for happy, healthy thyme plants

How to Grow Thyme; tips and secrets for successfully growing thyme...

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Mar 14, 2017

Succulent ID App - find your succulent here

Succulent ID App - the handy little application for any device...

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Mar 13, 2017

What Not To Do With Your Succulents - some things that just shouldn't be

What Not To Do With Your Succulents - no matter how bad they are...

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Mar 13, 2017

Plant Collecting Tools; don't leave the house empty handed

Keep your Plant Collecting Tools handy, and ready at a moments notice for any trip that may include a garden; pruners for taking a few cuttings, plastic bags to keep them in...

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Mar 13, 2017

How to Clean Garden Tools - sharpening and cleaning tips

Sharpening and Cleaning Tips - How to Clean Garden Tools...

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Mar 13, 2017

Propagation Tools - Best Tools for Plant Propagation

The Best Tools for Plant Propagation; make your job of growing more plants easier...

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Mar 12, 2017

Planting the Hypertufa Trough

Spring into spring with a Hypertufa Planting Tutorial...

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Mar 10, 2017

How To Plant Thyme Between Pavers - some tips and tricks

Tips and Tricks - How To Plant Thyme Between Pavers

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Mar 08, 2017

Grow more Pelargonium from Cuttings

Keep your favorite geraniums going with Pelargonium Cuttings...

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Mar 08, 2017

Succulent Garden Ideas - inspiration for some great succulent displays

Inspiration for some great succulent displays - Succulent Garden Ideas...

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Mar 07, 2017

Dieffenbachia

I have a very mature large Dieffenbachia that has brown snakelike (roots?) growing from the stem. Do you know what these are and will I harm the plant

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Mar 06, 2017

What's the Difference Between Sempervivum and Echeveria?

What's the Difference Between Sempervivum and Echeveria? Even though they look alike, they're not the same...

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Mar 04, 2017

What should I do with my succulent crafts in winter

The winter care for tender succulents is a no-brainer; take them indoors. But what do I do with hardy wreaths and other crafts? They don't like going

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Mar 02, 2017

Xeriscaping with Succulents and Succulent Care E-Book Bundle

Xeriscaping with Succulents and Succulent Care E-Book Bundle

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Mar 02, 2017

Succulent Wall - vertical gardening with succulents

A Succulent Wall to show off the textures and colors of succulent plants adds that wow factor to a blank wall or fence; if your garden is in need of some of that, build yours today...

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Mar 01, 2017

Plant Pests E-book - learn about natural methods of biological pest control

Buy the Plant Pests E-Book here; biological pest control, natural insect repellents...

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Feb 28, 2017

Types of Succulents; chubby, spikey, textured, smooth

Textured, smooth, chubby, spikey; there are all Types of Succulents to choose from...

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Feb 28, 2017

Xeriscaping with Succulents E-Book - create your carefree garden

Buy the Xeriscaping with Succulents E-Book and create your no-maintenance paradise

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Feb 28, 2017

Succulent Plant Propagation E-Book - the Horticulturists Secrets

Download the Succulent Plant Propagation E-Book and learn the Horticulturists secrets...

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Feb 22, 2017

Miniature Moss Gardens - a book review

Book Review - Miniature Moss Gardens

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Feb 21, 2017

Is salt safe for succulents?

I made some colored sand with salt and chalk shavings. I am pretty sure the chalk is ok, but is the salt ok? I just want to use the sand for decorating

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Feb 20, 2017

Need some out of the box Container Garden Ideas?

Need some out of the box Container Garden Ideas? Here is a roundup of some for you - get started!

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Feb 19, 2017

Succulents E-Book Bundle - two companion digital downloads

Get two digital downloads - the Succulents E-Book Bundle...

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Want your succulents to survive the winter?  Learn how to bring them indoors and be happy and healthy with this free e-course;  Fill in your name and email address on the form below to enroll!

Winterizing Succulents E-Course

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