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The Drought Smart Plants Blog...

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!

Aug 24, 2016

Ailing Echeveria Imbricata!

Hi, I live in Phoenix, Arizona and it's August. So we get really HOT, dry weather here (except for the recent monsoons and haboobs). I think we're in

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Aug 24, 2016

Nectar Corridor - how to attract pollinators, predators & beneficials

Your Nectar Corridor will magnetically attract butterflies, beneficial insects and pollinators to your xeriscape garden...

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Aug 23, 2016

really winter hardy cacti and succulents

In Ottawa, temps dip to -30. I have some Opuntia that survive under a foot of snow but Lobivias and some Echinocereus rotted in the wet spring. Looking

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Aug 22, 2016

Broken Terra Cotta Pot Project

What do you do with a huge terra cotta pot that is cracked; cracks too large to hold anything major in the pot! Hmmmm...I also had numerous shards from

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Aug 21, 2016

I'm sorry I'm not short and snappy- well, I am short

I have some kind of damage going on with some of my plants, my jades in particular, but a hindu rope plant as well. Seems like it might be the same

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Aug 21, 2016

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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Aug 20, 2016

Please help identify & save my plant.

Hi, Can you please help me identify my succulent? It was a wedding favour. When I first got it 2 weeks ago, all the leaves are green. A few leaves are

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Aug 19, 2016

Succulent Hanging Basket - a beautiful, low maintenance succulent craft

Make a Succulent Hanging Basket; buck the trend and have something totally unique to hang on your porch...

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Aug 19, 2016

Rain Gardens - prevent siltation with seasonal plants

Rain Gardens prevent soil erosion and flooding; planting specialized plants that like being seasonally indundated with water...

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Aug 18, 2016

Succulent Wreaths - focal points that will knock your socks off

Succulent Wreaths; use those gorgeous succulent plants for a stunning garden craft to display as a centerpiece, or to hang on a wall or fence...

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Aug 18, 2016

Micorrhizae - natures miracle benefical micro herd

Micorrhizae in your garden? Not to worry, it's not harmful - in fact, most garden soils have a lot of it, if the soil has organic matter in it...

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Aug 17, 2016

Ask the Horticulturist - go on, ask me your question about plants!

Ask the Horticulturist your questions about plants and gardening; if you have a query about a plant problem here is the place to ask; yes, I am a Certified Horticulturist

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Aug 17, 2016

Schlumbergera; Christmas Cactus, Easter Cactus & Thanksgiving too

Schlumbergera are more commonly known as Christmas Cactus, Easter Cactus or Holiday Cactus; we have all seen them or owned one or two

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Aug 13, 2016

Succulent Soil - good drainage, happy succulent plants

The right Succulent Soil is the most important part of growing succulent plants; if they don't have good drainage they won't be happy; most succulent plants like a lean soil...

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Aug 13, 2016

Miniature Moss Garden - a tiny dry streambed, less than a foot square

This Miniature Moss Garden is a dry creekbed in small scale; it's got rocks in a stream across the mossy glade, and a spectacular mossy rock as an accent...

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Aug 09, 2016

Xmas cactus leaves are pale green and lifeless after soil watered but still rock hard

We were away for 2 weeks & my plant dried out. When we got home I gave it water & water just ran out of bottom of pot. I watered it again and same problem.

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Aug 05, 2016

It looks like chemical drift but...

this strange phenomena has been going on all spring and summer. Tomatoes, marigolds, petunias, potatoes, cosmos, impatiens etc. all have some degree of

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Aug 05, 2016

Early Morning in the Summer Garden - why I am an early riser

Early Morning in the Summer Garden; the scent of the freshness, the cool breeze and birds singing...

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Aug 05, 2016

Drought Tolerant Lawn - there's more to a lawn than grass

There's more to a lawn than grass - find out how to make your own Drought Tolerant Lawn...

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Aug 05, 2016

Drip Irrigation Systems - water conservation tips

Drip Irrigation Systems are a way to deliver water directly to your plants roots; water conservation is an important feature of every garden and landscape

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Aug 05, 2016

Low Maintenance Landscaping - save your sanity and your back

Low Maintenance Landscaping; less care, more beauty with easy techniques...

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Aug 04, 2016

Front Yard Landscape - make a good first impression with front yard curb appeal

Your Front Yard Landscape is the first thing a visitor sees; make their first impression a good one...

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Aug 04, 2016

Garden Mistakes - or, those things I wish I hadn't done...

Here's just few of my Garden Mistakes - don't make the same ones, learn from my errors in judgement...

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Aug 01, 2016

Plant Guides - how to grow our favorite succulent plants

Plant Guides; how to grow our favorite succulent plants and other special houseplants; learn from a Certified Horticulturist what not to do...

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Aug 01, 2016

Pest Control - eliminate insects and pests on succulent plants

Use natural Pest Control to eliminate insects and pests on your succulent plants; mechanical methods such as trapping, using diatomaceous earth or other natural materials or cultivation...

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Jul 31, 2016

How to Prune Succulents - learn from a professional horticulturist

Learn How to Prune Succulents from a professional horticulturist here; step by step instructions, tips and techniques...

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Jul 30, 2016

Pruning Succulent Plants - shaping, propagation or disease control

Pruning Succulent Plants; shaping, trimming, propagation or disease control; learn how here...

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Jul 30, 2016

sad, leggy succulents begging for help!!

Don't laugh. OK, go ahead and laugh. These 2 are definitely desperate cases at this point. I guess this is testament to the doggedness of succulent

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Jul 30, 2016

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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Jul 28, 2016

Dolomite Lime - change the pH of your soil, and add calcium at the same time

Add Dolomite Lime to your soil for a natural way to change the pH; add calcium at the same time...

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Jul 26, 2016

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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Jul 26, 2016

Moving Succulents - relocate them without hurting them

Moving Succulents - relocate them without hurting them...

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Jul 24, 2016

Stems

Hi how to a make my succulents stronger, ive seen on the Internet the same succulents with strong wood types stems but mine aren't like that.

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Jul 23, 2016

Badly treated Euphorbia Lactea

Hi Jacki, While I was away for 3 weeks I left my plants to the apparently not-so-tender care of my neighbour with strict instructions about watering...or

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Jul 20, 2016

Huernia - the Carrion Flower

Huernia is known as the other Carrion Flower; similar in the niche it inhabits as Stapelia, this plant has a few significant differences

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Jul 20, 2016

Saving Your Own Succulent Seeds - succulent plant propagation

Wanting to grow more succulent plants? Start by Saving Your Own Succulent Seeds and learn how to propagate them...

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Jul 18, 2016

Watering

I have a variety of succulents and cactus .. I am just still a bit stumped on the watering patterns because some are outside and some are inside depending

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Jul 17, 2016

Sedum dasyphyllum; clouds of white flowers on a tiny blue plant

Sedum dasyphyllum is a miniature little Stonecrop, with tiny blue torpedo shaped leaves, covered in clouds of white flowers in June...

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Jul 17, 2016

Black walnut tree

I'm having a problem with vegetables growing near a black walnut tree and was wondering if it was something the tree was shedding or is it the roots taking

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Jul 16, 2016

Growing Moss - getting it started

Encouraging moss to grow is easy; it just takes time. Here are some ways to get it going faster...

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Jul 14, 2016

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

How to Grow Thyme; find out the tips and secrets for successfully growing thyme in your xeriscape garden...

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Jul 13, 2016

Cleaning Sempervivum

I got some soil in my cob web sempervivum. Any tips on removing the soil without ruining the web? I tried a thin paint brush but the webs keep coming apart.

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Jul 09, 2016

10 Best Hardy Succulents for Landscaping; my recommended xeriscaping plants

There are the 10 Best Hardy Succulents for Landscaping; if you're starting out, these are fool proof, iron tough and gorgeous xeriscape plants to start with....

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Jul 09, 2016

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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Jul 07, 2016

Choose the Hypertufa Pot that appeals the most and what that says about you...

Your Favorite Hypertufa Pot, and what that says about you - find out your personality trait based on which planter appeals most...

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Jul 06, 2016

Duranta Tree

I have a small Duranta tree and it seems to be losing its flowers and leaving bare branches where there once was beautiful purple flowers. The bumblebees

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Jul 05, 2016

Succulents and Sunshine E-Books

Succulents and Sunshine E-Books - all about our favorite topics...

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Jul 01, 2016

Hummingbird Feeders - attract those little flying jewels

Attract those little flying jewels with Hummingbird Feeders...

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Jun 30, 2016

BUGS! what are they?

I live in NYC and have some chicks & hens growing on my windowsill. Lately I've noticed some of the leaves turning brown and today I spotted some teeny

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Winterizing Succulents E-Course

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