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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.

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Jan 28, 2015

Spring Break Out Planter; cheery seasonal container

There's nothing like a little Spring Break Out Planter to cheer you up after a long cold winter...

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Jan 28, 2015

Plants for Bees - attract pollinators & beneficial insects for nectar

Some of the best Plants for Bees include those that have both pollen and nectar; attracting bees to your garden is really quite simple; provide nectar, and they will come...

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Jan 27, 2015

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

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

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Jan 25, 2015

tall thin and pointy?

so Its about 4 inches tall, and kind of looks like the top of a pineapple? it's leaves are kind of rough and prickly and its been abandoned in the corner

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Jan 23, 2015

Xeriscaping - dry gardening and xeric gardens; fad, or new mindset?

Xeriscaping is now on all gardeners minds; whether you like it or not, we have challenging conditions to grow our gardens in; get used to it

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Jan 23, 2015

This is a hanging plant

A friend brought me a clipping from this plant which she saw in a Tampa, Florida mall. From the pictures she showed me it came from a hanging basket.

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Jan 22, 2015

Medusa Cactus

We would like to know what kind of cactus this is to replicate the idea

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Jan 22, 2015

Leafless branching bright green succulent with a bulb that sits atop the dirt??

My mystery plant that I rescued from the office trash a year or more ago! It was almost dead, just a green tomato looking thing sitting in the soil with

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Jan 21, 2015

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

Starting Your Own Succulent Plant Business doesn't have to be a steep learning curve; get yours started now with this training manual...

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Jan 21, 2015

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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Jan 19, 2015

Need help identifying a 2x2 succulent!

I bought this succulent at a nursery greenhouse about a week ago and have no idea what it could be. I planned on using it for a science fair project, but

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Jan 19, 2015

Unsolicited Testimonials from visitors - kudos

Unsolicited Testimonials from visitors to this site - your kudos and references

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Jan 15, 2015

Kalanchoe daigremontiana - Maternity Plant, or Mother of Thousands

Kalanchoe daigremontiana is the Maternity Plant or Mother of Thousands; bearing live young on the edges of the leaves is not a common trait

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Jan 15, 2015

Egyptian Onions

As you are into succulents, I have been growing some pregnant onions from an old plant my sister was given many years ago. I think they are beautiful.

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Jan 15, 2015

Help me identify this plant

Hi, I was given several plantlets, tiny plants growing out of the edges of some leaves in a large succulent (I think) plant. The mother was about 4

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Jan 15, 2015

Serrated edged blooming succulent

The leaves are a solid green with a band of rust where it attaches to the core. The serrated edges are extremely sharp and rust in color. The flower

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Jan 15, 2015

Frog skin look alike succulent..but no idea what it is...

Mom gave it to me but no tag. Grows and flowers well in part shade, indoors and high moisture soil. But in full sun, the leaves become shorter and darker,

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Jan 12, 2015

Small Unknown Succulent

This plant is 4 - 5 tall, and has several dark green branches with purple, not particularly sharp spines. It also appears to cold tolerant into the 20's

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Jan 11, 2015

small green succulent 4"

Hello, I recently bought this plant, and would love to know what it is! It's about 4 and has smooth, evenly colored green leaves. The bottom leaves have

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Jan 11, 2015

tall & thin green leafy succulent

I bought this plant last summer at a Sprout's store in Santa Fe, NM. It hasn't stopped growing yet. There are flowers at the top of each vine/branch,

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Jan 09, 2015

Sempervivum Wedding Flowers - how to prepare them for bouquets & boutonierres

Sempervivum Wedding Flowers are my stock in trade; here's how to prepare them...

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Jan 09, 2015

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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Jan 09, 2015

Succulent Wedding Bouquet - flowers that aren't flowers at all

Make your own Succulent Wedding Bouquet for the bride and her attendants; what could be more in style, and sustainable?

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Jan 09, 2015

Succulent Wedding Favors - delightful little mementos for your wedding guests

Make these Succulent Wedding Favors for your guests to take home as a memento of your special day - they're easy!

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Jan 09, 2015

Succulent Pictures - photos and images of succulents

Learn how to take the best Succulent Pictures for record keeping and pest control - and don't forget to share your own pictures - brag it up!

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Jan 07, 2015

9 Succulent Problems - the Horticulturist answers

Here are 9 Succulent Problems by the readers of this site; see the solutions to the issues in growing them...

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Jan 05, 2015

Weed-free Xeriscaping - lush dry landscapes without weeds

Your Weed-free Xeriscaping begins with the preparation of the soil; barring that, mulch, mulch, mulch...

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Jan 05, 2015

Winter Hardy Succulents - I like #4 the best...

There are lots of Winter Hardy Succulents to choose from, but I like #4 the best...

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Jan 03, 2015

starting a garden to include various species of cacti and succulents

I found the picture on the Web and this is what caught my eye....low growing (?) Succulent

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Jan 02, 2015

How to Grow Sempervivum - tips for the happiest Hens and Chicks

Learn How to Grow Sempervivum, the hardy hens and chicks plants; tips and techniques for happy houseleeks

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Jan 02, 2015

Sempervivum in Winter; Hens and Chicks go dormant

Sempervivum in Winter have a whole different look; don't worry, they're not dead, just dormant and resting...

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Jan 02, 2015

Winterizing Succulents E-Course - successful succulent plant survival

Learn all about how to successfully overwinter your succulent plants with the Winterizing Succulents E-Course...

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Jan 02, 2015

Top 12 Pages of 2014 - favorites and most shared

Top 12 Pages of 2014 - here are the favorites and those most shared on social media...

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Jan 01, 2015

Grafting

Does a grafted branch produce the fruit of the tree it is grafted into?

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Dec 28, 2014

unidentified succulant

I asked an employee at a local garden store and she told me this was some type of succulant. Can someone help me identify it please. I want to buy some

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Dec 24, 2014

Found in a resort's
small succulent garden
two weeks ago on the SW coast of Kauai

Planted in well drained soil near some Sedum Nussbaumerium, Euphorbia lactae and some cacti and other euphorbias, this fleshy succulent on a woody stem

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small succulent garden
two weeks ago on the SW coast of Kauai"

Dec 23, 2014

Poisonous Succulent Plants - common sense guidelines for safe succulent growing

Use common sense for growing Poisonous Succulent Plants; here are some guidelines for safe growing

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Dec 22, 2014

Possible pachyveria

Picked this unlabeled one up from a superstore and repotted it into a container with better drainage (as seen in the picture, next to the aloe vera). It's

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Dec 20, 2014

Gardening and Landscaping Books in my Library

Gardening and Landscaping Books in my Library; reviews about my favorite garden, landscape and plant books...

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Dec 19, 2014

Succulent Identification Solved; the puzzling mystery

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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Dec 19, 2014

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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Dec 18, 2014

Cake Tin Succulent Mosaic - rustic garden crafts

Here's a different way to grow succulents - in this Cake Tin Succulent Mosaic...

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Dec 16, 2014

Types of Succulents; chubby, spikey, textured, smooth

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

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Dec 16, 2014

Large container garden getting drenched in Northern California

Hi Jacki, Thanks for this great site. I live 30 miles south of San Francisco and have hundreds of succulents in containers on my patio. We are getting

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Dec 13, 2014

How to Grow Cold Hardy Cacti - the ultimate drought smart plants

Learn How to Grow Cold Hardy Cacti; the ultimate Drought Smart Plants

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Dec 13, 2014

circular shape with spike

Spike

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Dec 12, 2014

Odd white coloring

Hello, I was wondering why my succulent has this odd white color on it. It didn't when I first got it. Normally it would sit in sunlight in my window,

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Dec 10, 2014

some kind of Hawthorne

Pointy green plant is just going to get bigger

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Dec 08, 2014

Small oval shaped grows on long stem sometimes white, sometimes green, climbs

I purchased this at a yard sale for only $3.00 but just love it but the tiny pieces fall off, although they don't die, they seem to root but would like

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