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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!

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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Sep 20, 2017

Are my succulents healthy???

My echeveria perle von nurnberg and kalanchoe thyrsiflora are stretching out (which I know is due to a lacking of sunlight) but I was wondering if they

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Sep 20, 2017

Identify my lettuce-like succulent!

Looks like lettuce!! Impossible to find on the internet...has thin ruffled, soft leaves with a thick, fleshy stem. Doesn't seem to like COMPLETE indirect

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Sep 20, 2017

Succulent ID App - find your succulent here

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

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Sep 19, 2017

Wood stem, pink on the leaves.

I'm not sure what this is, it's starting to die and I'm not sure if it needs to be watered daily or weekly. The stem is almost like twig. It's the one

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Sep 17, 2017

all I have are succulents but ?

I have only succulents but someone has left this for me and I am at a loss as to what to do with it. Where can I find out the name?

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Sep 16, 2017

has thin flat leaves end close to stem curls up

has thin flat leaves end close to stem curls up, has little ones that form off end of leaf.

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Sep 16, 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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Sep 16, 2017

Succulents - tough, reliable and adaptable plants

Succulents; welcome to my obsession, glad to have you along in my journey to find out everything about these great plants, and how to grow more of them...

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Sep 16, 2017

Succulent Problems - when it all goes embarrassingly wrong...

When it all goes horribly wrong - Succulent Problems...

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Sep 16, 2017

I'm Addicted to Sempervivum

My favorite succulents are Semps - the hardy hens and chicks. I am particularly partial to the blue ones. There are lots of different ones that show

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Sep 16, 2017

need help with name of plant

new plant - looked like a jade but not and wondered about name

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Sep 14, 2017

Help identifying these four plants?

The plant in the first picture is on the small side with very green and pointy leaves. it is layered and has a little bit of purple coloring on the points.

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Sep 13, 2017

Is this a succulent

My dad brought this home from work, trying to figure out what it is. I pulled one leaves off to see if it would propagate. And then this little mushroom

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Sep 12, 2017

Succulent Plant Business; how to do it right

Thinking of starting a Succulent Plant Business? Do it right with the guidelines here...

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Sep 12, 2017

Tiny Yellow Flower

Woody, thin stem Waxy leaves, if you can call them leaves Spikes on leaves Tiny yellow flower

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Sep 11, 2017

Tall pot-plant in Greece

I inherited this plant from the previous owners of a flat I have bought in Aigina, Greece. It is about 8 feet tall, and sits in a pot on the covered

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Sep 09, 2017

Light Requirements for Succulents - how bright is bright?

How bright is bright? Light Requirements for Succulents...

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Sep 09, 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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Sep 09, 2017

Succulent Sphere; wire garden spheres filled with succulents - how lovely!

Make your own Succulent Sphere; globes or orbs planted with Sempervivum & succulents for a unique garden craft; simple to make and plant...

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Sep 08, 2017

Sedum cyaneum 'Willy Bellot' - new for 2013 and showing a lot of promise

Sedum cyaneum 'Willy Bellot' is one of my new Stonecrops, but shows a lot of promise for planting in containers and small gardens.

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Sep 07, 2017

friends tell me this is a moss begonia

I have other begonias and I cannot locate one like this but everyone keeps telling me it is a moss begonia. Medium think leaves with scalloped edges and

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Sep 07, 2017

variegated leaf, reddish stem, slightly pink edges to the leaves

My plant is young (only ~7cm at present). It has variegated leaves with the middle of the leaf tending to be a pea green colour and the rest being a

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Sep 06, 2017

Any help?

I just bought this (probably?) succulent at an Asian farmers' market -- the woman selling them did not speak enough English to be able to tell me what

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Sep 06, 2017

Mid long mint green leaves, firm

Firm leaves mint green looks like green stems are growing off of the mother succulent, why are my leaves turning brown and do I trim them off

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Sep 05, 2017

Building Rustic Furniture E-Book - Twig Garden Crafts

Learn all about Building Rustic Furniture and Twig Garden Crafts with this e-book; from trellises and fences to benches to add charm and character

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Sep 05, 2017

Is it a Jade?

Kind of looks like jade, but makes red flowers and leaf borders aren't smooth It was given to me by a friend's mother about 15 years ago. It's not jade,

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Sep 05, 2017

Crested Euphorbia lactea

I bought it at our wonderful convenience/plant store. The owner was not sure what type of succulent it is. I hadn't seen this kind of fan shape before

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Sep 04, 2017

Test

Support Test

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Sep 04, 2017

Holiday Cactus

What is this? It's got green and purple leaves, small spines at tip

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Sep 04, 2017

Kalanchoe laxiflora

Got this beautiful little lady at a succulent event and I forgot what they called it. struggling to find a match on the internet! It has thinner leaves

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Sep 04, 2017

Edith Bogue Letting me Down!

We have a 10' magnolia that is a year old. It has yet to produce blooms. I purchased phosphate but I'm reluctant to treat it now knowing the right

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Sep 03, 2017

The survivor

This is one of some supermarket succulents I got to put in some smaller flowerpots outside in hopes that they'd do better than non-succulents in the heat

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Sep 01, 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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Aug 31, 2017

Stemmed with thick leaves that reroot itself

My husband got a leaf from an unknown succulent plant and we have had the hardest time finding its name and origin. It doesn't like direct sunlight as

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Aug 31, 2017

Stemmed with thick leaves that reroot itself

My husband got a leaf from an unknown succulent plant and we have had the hardest time finding its name and origin. It doesn't like direct sunlight as

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Aug 31, 2017

Succulent or not?

I took a piece of this ground covering plant which didn't grow well in the container I found it in. I placed in in my succulent container with new soil

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Aug 31, 2017

Mystery Succulent! Help!

A friend of mine was given this succulent as a gift. Thing is... Nobody can figure out what it is! Any ideas??

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Aug 31, 2017

Rescue project

So I'm schlepping through Walmart minding my own business when I spot this forlorn little plant all by itself. It was in a decorative galvanized tin

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Aug 31, 2017

Hydrangeas infected

I live in NE Florida, zone 8b. Recently transferred 3 year old hydrangeas to new home. They were doing great, but I've noticed leaves dying fast, holes

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Aug 30, 2017

Getting the tops of willows to mature

Hi. I live in southern Wisconsin. I grow willow plants and I want the tops of the plants to stop growing and mature by early in October. I use these

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Aug 30, 2017

To propagate or to not propagate

I'm a beginner plant enthusiast and I decided to start with the simple and easy succulent. I've bought a succulent at a local super market and didn't

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Aug 30, 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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Aug 30, 2017

Metal Planters - Some Tips and Tricks

Some Tips and Tricks when using Metal Planters...

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Aug 29, 2017

long thin leaves with thorns along them...stalk has round orange seed pods..look like mango flesh inside..and some round black seeds

its long slender leaves with thorns..solid green color..tall spike in center with orange seed pods..have a sort of sweet taste..didn't eat one! just a

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Aug 28, 2017

mystery succulent or cactus

This plant and photo do not belong to me. I am trying to find information on what type it might be. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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Aug 27, 2017

Weird Long Green Succulent

the main stalk is about 0.5 inches thick, and the leaves sprouting off get to be a little over 1 inch long, maybe 1.5 inches. it seems like it might be

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Aug 27, 2017

A potted cacti/succulent given as a gift

It has a bright green color towards the root area and as it goes up to a point is changes to a reddish brown color. It is not very spiky as much as it

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Aug 27, 2017

Unknown succulents

Hi! So a couple days ago, i bought some succulents from Home Depot. I have identified most of them, but there are three that I don't know about. The

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